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Thunder return to winnings ways against Hurricanes

11 January 2020

Hales half-century laid foundation for strong win at home

Sydney Thunder has secured a four-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes in front of 11,454 fans at Sydney Showground Stadium.

The Hurricanes made a fast start through Matthew Wade and Caleb Jewell before Brendan Doggett struck in in the fifth over.

Daniel Sams extended his lead as the wearer of the BKT Golden Arm cap by taking a further two wickets to extend his season's tally to 17.

Chasing 163 to win, Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja gave Thunder the perfect start, smashing 66 runs from the first six overs.

Alex Ross showed his class at the end as he held strong as wickets fell around him to guide Thunder home with two balls to spare.

THE TEAMS

Thunder made two changes, with Brendan Doggett and debutant Liam Bowe coming into the side for Jonathan Cook and Nathan McAndrew. The Hurricanes named an unchanged side after their 5-wicket loss to the Brisbane Heat two days earlier.

Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Liam Bowe, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain

Hurricanes: Matthew Wade (C), Qais Ahmad, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, David Miller, Clive Rose, Tom Rogers

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Alex Hales.

The big-hitting Englishman laid the foundations for Thunder's win, smashing 50 from just 28 deliveries including six fours and two sixes.

THE NEXT STOP

Thunder return to Canberra to take on the Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval (6:10pm start). Tickets are on sale now, with kids from $5 and adults from $20. Secure your seat in advance to save on match day prices!

BBL|09 TICKETS

Wednesday 15 January | Vs Melbourne Renegades | Manuka Oval | 6.10pm

Saturday 18 January | Vs Sydney Sixers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7.10PM

Sunday 26 January | Vs Perth Scorchers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 2.45PM