The Hurricanes have leaped into 3rd position on the Big Bash League ranking following a convincing six wickets win over Perth Scorchers on Tuesday. Hobart Hurricanes could not have started 2013 in better fashion, 1st restricting Perth to 152 for 8 from their 20 overs before chasing down the runs with nine balls to spare.
Tim Paine (74) and Ricky Ponting (34) were particularly imposing in the Hobart Hurricanes' chase after Simon Katich (66) had turned back the clock in scorching fashion in front of 12,110 audience at Blundstone Arena. Brad Hogg take 3 for 17 did his best to overturn the Hobart chase, mystifying the home batsmen and momentarily threatening to get his side across the line as the Hurricanes tightened up late on.
After winning the toss and elected to bat, experienced left hander Katich did his best to boost the Perh Scorchers towards a defendable target, swatting five boundaries and four sixes in his 41-ball innings. Doug Bollinger had improved from a 1st ball Shaun Marsh four to bowl a tight opening spell and had his man in the fourth over when Marsh played on to send the Perth Scorchers faltering to 2-11, Herschelle Gibbs having fallen for a duck in the opening over.
Katich came in to join Marcus North (27) and this pair added 69 runs from just 52 balls to bring the Perth Scorchers back into the contest. Xavier Doherty ‘s 1-20 had opened with a rare wicket maiden, setting the scene for the home side and helping them to a neat start that saw Perth manage just 2-36 from the power play.
Ben Laughlin claimed 3 for 19 runs was clearly the pick of the Hobart bowlers, delivering his full array of slower balls and variations to good outcome.