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Hurricanes beat Thunder by 11 runs in BBL

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A sensational late three-wicket over has helped deliver the Hobart Hurricanes an 11-run win over Sydney Thunder in the BBL.

Needing 27 runs off the last three overs at Bellerive Oval on Friday night, the Thunder looked well placed to chase down a 164-run total for victory.

Skipper Mike Hussey (71) had been faultless as he carved up the small ground.

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But the return of Jake Reed (3-35) to the Hurricanes’ attack precipitated a late collapse.

Hussey was out first, caught on the boundary trying to notch up his 11th four.

From the next ball Chris Hartley (0) was run out when Dan Christian (0-22) fired in a direct-hit from the outfield.

Reed’s next delivery claimed the scalp of Chris Green (5), caught behind.

The visitors finished 9-152 after 20 overs with big names Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson both caught without score in the first over of the innings, bowled by Shaun Tait (3-16).

“The wicket had a bit in it for the fast bowlers,” man of the match Tait told the Ten Network after play.

“It was a good game, a good win.”

Spinner Cameron Boyce (2-24) was also valuable.

After Hussey won the toss and chose to bowl first the hosts’ effort was led by George Bailey who finished unbeaten on 56.

In the field Andre Russell took a screamer, flying horizontally at deep cover to snare one of the summer’s best catches and dismiss the dangerous Christian for 5.

Thunder’s fast bowler Clint McKay (4-28) spearheaded Sydney’s attack.

The result, in front of a record Bellerive cricket crowd of 17,151, is the Thunder’s first loss for the season.

– AAP

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