At the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Nathan Ellis claimed a hat-trick before Tim David led the Hobart Hurricanes to a crucial five-wicket victory over the slumping Sydney Thunder.
Thunder never recovered from David Warner’s dismissal for a duck in the first over after opting to bat in sunny conditions. Quicks Ellis and Riley Meredith shared six wickets while developing left-arm wrist spinner Patrick Dooley took three to restrict Thunder to 135.
The Hurricanes had some nerve-racking moments in their chase, with David hammering 76 off 41 balls and finishing the game in the 17th over with his sixth six. As a result, the Hurricanes overtook the Thunder, who had lost three consecutive games, to take the fifth position.
Nathan Ellis Takes a HAT-TRICK!
Ellis came back in the 15th over and destroyed Ollie Davies’ fighting innings. He bowled Nathan McAndrew on the next delivery to complete his hat-trick, having earlier dismissed Matthew Gilkes to close the fourth over.
A 27-ball fifty by Tim David!
The Hurricanes’ chase began nervously, and they fell to 20 for 3 in the third over. Wade was saved on three points when Davies missed an excellent chance at point off McAndrew.
Wade, who had missed a match owing to personal reasons, then hit a boundary on the next ball and teamed with David in a scorching 79-run partnership that belied the Hurricanes’ precarious position.
David began slowly before putting his foot down in the eighth over with a six-off Cutting on the leg side. David set the Hurricanes’ chase on track in a couple of deliveries, including successive sixes off spinner Usman Qadir. He achieved his second BBL half-century and held his nerve despite a late wobble to help the Hurricanes maintain their unblemished home record.