With five first up losses, there’s no doubting the fact that this BBL campaign hasn’t got off to the desired start, a win against an in-form Hurricanes unit does keep our slim finals hopes alive.
Last five games played between the two sides: Sixers 4, Hurricanes 1
Last time they met: The Hurricanes were victorious over the Sydney side largely thanks to D’Arcy Short’s 29-ball 61. Bowling the Sixers out for 140, the Hurricanes overcame a pair of 40’s from English imports Roy and Billings.
The Hurricanes opener has peeled off scores of 96 and 97 in his last two games against the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder. The last time he played against the Sixers, he flayed it to all parts for a quick-fire 60. If the Sixers can see the back of Short early in the powerplay, that will go a long way to winning this fixture.
The West Indian has been one of the imports of the tournament, and is often called upon by George Bailey to bowl the death overs. He bowls mid 140’s, and consistently surprises opposition batsmen with his steep bounce. His economy rate of 5.80 for the tournament to date, is world class.
Despite not playing the first few games of BBL|07, Silk has recorded scores of 50 and 45* in recent knocks. A steady middle order batsman, he will be relied upon to anchor the innings whilst names like Roy, Maddinson and Billings can attack around him.
The English import hasn't shown his best thus far, but is a world class T20 cricketer on his day. He had a good day out last time these sides met, and will need to fire if the Sixers are to break their losing streak and make an unlikely tilt at a finals series.
What they said:
Speaking to Sixers TV, stand-in skipper Johan Botha assured the Sixers faithful that this season had a long way to run.
“Momentum is key in Twenty-20 cricket. It’s a longer season and there’s still five games to go, and a lot to play for. We’re still very positive as a unit.”
When quizzed about Hobarts’ firing top order, Botha was clear about the sides need to get quick wickets and apply the early pressure that the Hurricanes haven’t felt in their previous two fixtures.
“Hobart are playing pretty well at the moment (…) With Jackson coming back into the side, we know the need to attack their top order and get early wickets. (D’Arcy) Short has been in terrific form, so it’d be nice to get him early too.
“If we could get some points down there, we then get to come back to Sydney to try and get a roll on.”
“It’s not good enough to be in games until the last over] and to not win them. We need to get on the other side of the results now.”
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers - 6.10pm, January 8, Blundstone Arena.
Live on Network Ten.