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7th January, 2021
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Hobart Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short will be aiming to break out of his mini batting form slump when he fronts up for the BBL clash with the Perth Scorchers.

Hobart Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith says he has “utmost faith” in D’Arcy Short and is backing the opener to break out of his mini form slump.

Short has endured a tough start to the BBL season, scoring just 141 runs at an average of 15.66 from nine digs.

The 30-year-old was on track for a decent knock in Thursday’s 39-run loss to the Sydney Thunder before falling for 19 off 16 balls.

Short at least did major damage with the ball, snaring 3-26 off his four overs.

Griffith says he has no plans to move Short away from his regular opening position, believing the runs will soon flow.

“We have the utmost faith in D’Arcy and best spot for him is up the top,” Griffith said.

“And he was hitting them okay today before he got out.

“It’s there – we actually think he is hitting them really well. He just has to spend a bit more time at the crease. 

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“We think it will come for him and we know the quality player he is. You can’t keep him out of the contest.”

The Hurricanes will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on the in-form Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium.

The Thunder rocketed to top spot with their crushing win over Hobart.

Chasing 168 for victory, the Hurricanes were restricted to 8-128.

Thunder spinner Tanveer Sangha snared 2-29, taking the 19-year-old’s season tally to a competition-leading 15 wickets.

Thunder paceman Nathan McAndrew described Sangha’s talent and confidence as ridiculously good. 

“It’s remarkable. I can’t even fathom being that good at cricket and that confident,” McAndrew said.

“You saw the last-ball wrong-un he bowled to get Colin Ingram out. That was such a courageous ball.

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“He’s got a lot of self-belief and a lot of talent, and I can’t wait to see what he turns into in the future.”

McAndrew himself is flourishing, with the late-blooming 27-year-old now boasting ten wickets for the season.

He said earning a professional contract with NSW and the influence of Thunder coach Shane Bond had played a key role in his development over the past two years.

“He’s really pumped me up, and I probably didn’t realise that I bowl quite that quick. I was probably selling myself short there,” McAndrew said of Bond.

“He’s instilled a lot of belief in me over the last two years and has really allowed me to try to take my game to the next level.”

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