Short leads Hurricanes to dramatic win


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    Brisbane captain Brendon McCullum says Hobart counterpart George Bailey may live to regret the decision that led to a bizarre finish in what was a thrilling last-ball Hobart win at the Gabba.

    Chasing 180 for victory on Wednesday night, an in-form Alex Ross was mounting a late charge when confusingly being given out for obstructing the field.

    Ross diverted his line when returning for a second run, with the throw rebounding off his body and onto the stumps.

    Hobart appealed and despite Ross making his ground, the bemused batsman was adjudged to have purposely deviated from his line and was given out.

    Jimmy Peirson then entered and struck 23 from 13 in a miraculous recovery, leaving the Heat 13 to win from the final over.

    Veteran allrounder Dan Christian, bowling his only over of the night, held his nerve though as Brendan Doggett holed out to deep mid-on when needing a final-ball four to win.

    McCullum disagreed with the obstruction decision, labelling the rule a grey area that called for the spirit of cricket to be employed.

    “I don’t believe it was the right decision; we’re not righteous on our stance on the spirit of the game but every now and then you get a chance to stand up for the spirit of the game and I think tonight George missed an opportunity,” McCullum said.

    “He, in time, will perhaps live to wish he made the other choice.”

    Bailey was somewhat sheepish in explaining his actions post-game, in what was a fourth-straight win that put them equal with the Heat on eight points.

    “When I saw the replay I saw that Rossy had changed his angle and we asked ‘has he changed his line, can you check for obstruction,” Bailey said.

    McCullum didn’t blame the call on the loss, instead credited D’Arcy Short’s BBL-record knock of 122 as a deservedly match-winning one for the visitors.

    The Hurricanes opener notched the first hundred of the Big Bash season and the highest in the tournament’s seven-year history.

    Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls – including eight sixes and eight fours – as he also passed 400 runs for the tournament so far.

    The 27-year-old brought up his hundred with a six in the 19th over then hit three consecutive sixes in the final over off Mark Steketee to swing the game in Hobart’s favour.

    The innings put Short back at the top of the BBL’s runscorers and six-hitters list, following knocks of 42, 96 and 97 in the last three games.

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    • January 11th 2018 @ 8:53am
      TK said | January 11th 2018 @ 8:53am | ! Report

      Was my first BBL game and a good finish to the game but the post match transport home was a shambles. Walked in the door at midnight after standing around for almost an hour waiting for a shuttle bus back to the city. Won’t be going again. Just be watching on TV from now on. Don’t get why transport home was so hard.

      • January 11th 2018 @ 11:39am
        Swampy said | January 11th 2018 @ 11:39am | ! Report

        Time to build a metro line that services the Gabba underground. Buses don’t cut the mustard for large events.

    • January 11th 2018 @ 11:42am
      Swampy said | January 11th 2018 @ 11:42am | ! Report

      Ross getting out was a turning point for the Heat. After a quick start he was bogged down by the spinners and struggling. As soon as he was dismissed Rose got smacked for 22 off his next over with Pearson and Stekete’s late hitting just about getting them over the line…

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      January 11th 2018 @ 11:54am
      DingoGray said | January 11th 2018 @ 11:54am | ! Report

      Short innings and Jofra Archer catch to dismiss the Cutting the difference in the end.

      There was no reason why Cutting couldn’t of got Brisbane home the way he bats.

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