KFC BBL|08

Thunder claim win but miss finals

09 February 2019

The Sydney Thunder beat top-placed Hobart Hurricanes by four wickets but couldn't force their way into the top four

Pat Cummins and Usman Khawaja returned with a bang to help Sydney Thunder beat Hobart by four wickets in Canberra on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to boost their club into the KFC BBL finals.

Cummins, playing his first game for the Thunder in two years, dismissed in-form openers D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade as the Hurricanes posted 4-165 from 19 overs.

The Thunder needed to win the rain-affected clash in 11.3 overs to clamber into the top four and remain in the race for a finals berth.

Cummins claims top honours with two scalps

Khawaja's quick-fire 36 and an opening over that cost 16 runs gave Sydney hope of completing a miracle against the table-topping title favourites.

Cummins scored the winning run with four balls to spare but the hosts were only 5-95 after 11.3 overs.

The superstar, named man of the match, was "extremely" proud of his teammates' fight in their season finale.

"They've fought hard all season," Cummins said in the post-match ceremony.

"They've showed glimpses of some really incredible cricket."

Hobart had already wrapped up a home semi-final.

Hobart had already wrapped up a home semi-final.

A 68-run stand between Callum Ferguson (47) and Chris Green (34 not out) ultimately counted for little and the battle for the last spot in the finals is now down to fourth-placed Brisbane Heat and fifth-placed Melbourne Stars.

If the Stars defeat Sydney Sixers on Sunday, when the MCG hosts the final match of the regular season, they will leapfrog Brisbane on the ladder.

The prospect of Brisbane progressing will burn deeply for the Thunder, who unsuccessfully lobbied Cricket Australia in pursuit of the full points after the Gabba lights went out during their clash with the Heat.

Bailey blasts whirlwind half-century

Cummins and Khawaja, fresh from starring in Australia's dominant Test win over Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval, once again stepped up in the nation's capital.

Cummins finished with 2-28 and could easily have captured the scalps of the BBL's two leading run-scorers in his first over.

The express paceman hit the top of off stump to dismiss Short for seven and would have ended Wade's knock in the same over if Fawad Ahmed held a catch in the deep.

Wade was eventually caught behind on 45 but a 94-run stand between George Bailey (53) and Ben McDermott (44 not out) proved a hammer blow to Sydney's finals hopes.

Earlier, Wade was dropped on five and 14 by Fawad before a brief rain delay reduced both innings by one over.

Shocked commentator Mark Waugh described the first life as "under-10s stuff" after Fawad fumbled a regulation catch at backward point.

Thunder: Shane Watson, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Daniel Sams, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Pat Cummins, Chris Jordan, Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed

Hurricanes: Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, David Moody, Riley Meredith, Qais Ahmed

 

League Ladder

Last 5
P
Pts
1
HURRICANES
14
20
2
RENEGADES
14
16
3
SIXERS
14
16
4
STARS
14
14
5
HEAT
14
13
6
THUNDER
14
13
7
STRIKERS
14
12
8
SCORCHERS
14
8

Batting

Most Runs

D'Arcy Short

637


Matthew Wade

592


Marcus Stoinis

494


Callum Ferguson

442


Daniel Hughes

399


Bowling

Most Wickets

Kane Richardson

24


Sean Abbott

22


Steve O'Keefe

21


Josh Lalor

20


Tom Curran

20




Filed Under

Hobart Hurricanes Men

Sydney Thunder Men

KFC BBL|08