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Sixers Academy defeat Hurricanes

08 November 2018

The Sixers Academy wrapped-up their 2018 Quin Series campaign with a win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Blacktown International Sports Park on Thursday.

Sixers captain Justin Avendano won the toss, and opted to bat on what looked like a sporting wicket. Speaking before the innings, Avendano stressed the importance of a solid opening platform against a Hurricanes attack featuring James Faulkner, Clive Rose, Aaron Summers and Hamish Kingston, among others.

Captain Avendano, partnered with Sydney University and ACT Comets all-rounder Hayden Kerr, got the Sixers off to a rollicking start - their opening partnership of 69 brought undone only by some clever bowling from Hamish Kingston. Kerr falling nine runs short of his half century.

Soumil Chibber and Ben Manenti carried the momentum through the middle overs, alongside the in-form Avendano, steering the Sixers to an above-par 6/159 off their 20 overs. Avendano top-scoring with a mature 59 from 60 balls.

In reply, Sean Willis opened the Hurricanes innings with James Faulkner. Faulkner, the ex-Australian Test and One Day all-rounder quickly settling into his work. However, they struggled to push the required run rate down thanks to Ben Manenti, Nic Bills and Harry Conway’s miserly returns in the powerplay overs.

Tom Engelbrecht, Ryan O’Beirne and Riley Ayre continued the good work through the middle, and, despite the Hurricanes only losing two wickets in their chase, they never really looked like chasing 160 - an unbeaten 80* from Faulkner the highlight for the men in purple.

The 10-run victory ensured the Sixers secured 4th place in the competition.