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    The Hurricanes made it four straight wins with a controversial three-run victory over the Heat at The Gabba last night.

    Here is my recap including my thoughts on the decision to give Alex Ross out Obstructing the Field.

    1. Hurricanes hang on for fourth straight win
    The Hobart Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row with a tense three-run victory over the Brisbane Heat at The Gabba last night. The Hurricanes were propelled to another big score of 4/179 thanks solely to another astonishing 122 not out from D’Arcy Short, before the Heat ran them close, eventually finishing on 8/176.

    The win for the Hurricanes takes them level with the Heat on four wins, right on the edge of the finals equation, with these teams meeting again on Sunday in Hobart in what is sure to be a fiery affair.

    2. Short’s career about to change after stunning 122*
    D’Arcy Short’s career is about to change after another blitzkrieg performance last night at The Gabba.

    Short made the highest score in BBL history, blazing 122 not out from just 65 balls. He also took a crucial 1/20 from four overs with his left arm wrist spin.

    I assume he is now a near certainty to be picked for the Australian T20 side, and could well be right in the frame for a very lucrative payday in the upcoming IPL auction.

    Short was stunning here once again, and his innings featured a remarkable eight sixes and eight fours. It accounted for 68 per cent of the Hurricanes’ total, with no other player reaching 20.

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    (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

    3. Third umpire howler creates tension between captains
    I’m sorry, but the decision to give Alex Ross out obstructing the field by the third umpire was a huge leap of faith and a very poor decision.

    Ross, for me, was already going to make his ground and was simply trying to avoid being hit by the ball on his way back to his crease. Brendon McCullum, a real stickler for the spirit of the game, was incensed, and he let Hurricanes’ captain George Bailey know it in a terse on-field interview between the pair after the game.

    I think Bailey may well live to regret the decision to uphold the appeal, although Ross did clearly change his line in running. However, in Bailey’s defense, cricket captains sometimes don’t deserve criticism for making decisions, in the heat of the moment that could help their team.

    The Hurricanes have not made the finals in four years and, in front of a hostile Brisbane crowd, this game was right in the balance. For me, most the blame should be on the third umpire whose decision lacked all common sense.

    4. Archer the action man
    Having lampooned Jofra Archer earlier this season as a liability in the field, he made me eat my words last night with three brilliant catches that helped turn the tide of the game.

    Archer silenced the big home crowd with a barely believable one-handed return catch off a flat-batted rocket from Ben Cutting. He also plucked a ball, heading for six, calmly on the long on boundary like an AFL full forward nonchalantly making an above head mark.

    His final act was to dive forward to take the winning catch off the final ball. Archer had a rare unhappy night with the ball last night, however still managed to find a way to have a huge bearing on the result, which is exactly what you want from one of your overseas signings.

    5. Hurricanes spinners providing impact
    Most of the headlines from the Hurricanes four-game winning streak have rightly gone to D’Arcy Short and his ability to put up big totals.

    However, going under the radar is their spin attack and how the likes of Clive Rose, Cameron Boyce and Short are elevating this team after struggling with the ball last season. Boyce and Short changed the whole momentum of the run chase last night, taking 3/34 in six straight overs of combined wrist spin.

    Boyce played for Australia in T20 cricket back in 2014, but has fallen off the radar since then. However, it looks like he is rediscovering the confidence which made him such a strike weapon, as well as a bowler capable of containing sides.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • Roar Guru

      January 11th 2018 @ 2:18pm
      pformagg said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

      Going to be a good battle when these two play in 4 days time.

    • January 11th 2018 @ 5:35pm
      BennO said | January 11th 2018 @ 5:35pm | ! Report

      It’s ridiculous to me that people are saying he was trying to avoid being hit by the ball. About half way down the pitch, after looking at the fielder throwing the ball in, he changes his angle and runs towards the stumps, which a) was a decision to make his run to the crease slightly longer, not what the batter wants to be doing and b) put himself on a path of the target of the ball, thereby increasing his chances of being hit not decreasing them.

      I think it was a fair decision.

      • January 11th 2018 @ 6:23pm
        Gray-Hand said | January 11th 2018 @ 6:23pm | ! Report

        Nah. He knew he was always going to make it and changed direction to avoid getting hit. If he had maintained his line he would have obscured the stumps more than he did.

        • January 11th 2018 @ 10:36pm
          BennO said | January 11th 2018 @ 10:36pm | ! Report

          But not illegally. Only by changing his line did it become potentially illegal.

          Anyway, either way, right or wrong it was very interesting to see! First time I ever saw it.

      • Roar Guru

        January 12th 2018 @ 12:06pm
        DingoGray said | January 12th 2018 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

        Obstructing the field law is way too broad.

        There needs to be a better definition.

        For me it should be a bit like a penalty try in Rugby or League. Are you absolutely certain that the batsmen a) obstructed the field & b) would of the batsmen been out if he didn’t.

        In both cases video clearly shows the answer is no! If we was truly trying to stop the ball from hitting the stumps, he would of been down low ducking, he would of stood tall and basically blocked the stumps.

        The fact Matt Wade was standing a good metre, nearly two metres away from the stumps shows, it wasn’t even going to be close to a dismissal.

    • Roar Guru

      January 12th 2018 @ 12:02pm
      DingoGray said | January 12th 2018 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      5. Gentlemen George ain’t a gentleman

    • January 12th 2018 @ 1:57pm
      Mitch said | January 12th 2018 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

      Brisbane Heat are also competing in the BBL as well and it is ludacris decisions like this that can make you miss a home ground final. We got stiffed hard last year with with Mccullum getting banned for a important game for time wasting and by TIME wasting they mean people getting injured completely out of your control and making too many strategic field placements what a joke.

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