Sixers Feel The Paine As They Come Up Short Against Hurricanes

Hobart Hurricanes 200/6

Sydney Sixers 140/10

The Hobart Hurricanes got their BBL06 off to a whirlwind start with victory over the Sydney Sixers by 60 runs.

D’Arcy Short took centre stage for the Hurricanes with a magnificent 61 and 1/6.

Shaun Tait (3/32) and Tim Paine (63) also played starring roles for the visitors.

Tim Paine and D’Arcy Short got off to an explosive start, making light work of the Sixers’ pace bowlers in the powerplay.

Short moved to an excellent half century off just 21 balls, before Doug Bollinger removed him for 61.

Kumar Sangakkara (16), George Bailey (14) both threatened in the middle order for the Hurricanes, but neither of them could convert their promising starts.

As was the case in the opening fixture of BBL06, Johan Botha (1/21) and Steven O’Keefe (1/31) were the pick of the bowlers for the Sixers.

Paine continued to look composed at the crease whilst wickets fell around him making an impressive 63, eventually dismissed by Sean Abbott.

Late contributions from Dan Christian (20) and Hamish Kingston (12*) helped push the Hurricanes up to 200.

Jason Roy started well in reply, but the Englishman watched his opening partner, Jordan Silk, fall to Clive Rose.

After his match-winning 76* in the opener, Moises Henriques went from hero, to zero. He went for a first ball duck, making it two in the over for Rose.

Brad Haddin was dismissed early on, and when the dangerous Roy (40) followed him back to the dressing rooms just balls later, the game looked to be gone for the Sixers.

The middle order was blown away by the pace of Shaun Tait.

Sam Billings (42) had tried his best to his team somewhere near their total, but he soon followed suit, his stumps destroyed by Tait.

The game as a contest was over long before it finished. George Bailey finished off proceedings with a run out, to give the Hurricanes a convincing win.

BBL06 returns on Boxing Day when the Hurricanes host the Melbourne Stars.

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