Another brilliant performance by Englishman Alex Hales wasn't enough as Sydney Thunder fell to the Hobart Hurricanes by 57 runs at Blundstone Arena.
After losing the bat flip and being sent out to bowl first, Arjun Nair gave Thunder the perfect start. The clever off-spinner bowled dangerous opener D'Arcy Short for a duck on return from the Australian One-Day side.
However the Hurricanes fought back through Matthew Wade (56) and Mac Wright (64) before local hero George Bailey blasted 29 runs from just 10 deliveries in his final game in Hobart.
Daniel Sams extended his lead as the wearer of the BKT Golden Arm cap by taking a further four wickets to take his season's tally to 24.
Hales smashed 63 from 42 however had little support as Thunder fell short by 57 runs in Hobart.
Thunder made one change with leg-spinner Jonathan Cook coming into the side for fast bowler Brendan Doggett, while the Hurricanes welcomed back big-hitting opener D'Arcy Short.
Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Liam Bowe, Jonathan Cook, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu
Hurricanes: Matthew Wade (C), Qais Ahmad, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott, David Miller, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short, Mac Wright
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
The big-hitting Englishman was the shining light for Thunder, smashing 63 runs from 42 deliveries, including five fours and four sixes.
He is now the fifth player to amass 400 runs in BBL|09, with 402 runs including four half-centuries.
The big-hitting opener also took one of the catches of the tournament to dismiss South African David Miller.
THE NEXT STOP
Thunder's return home to Sydney Showground Stadium to take on the Perth Scorchers on Sunday (26 January, 2:45pm start) and fight for a place in the BBL|09 finals series. Tickets are on sale now, with kids from $5 and adults from $20!