An almost certain defeat turned into a stunning four-ball space victory that stunned one of the BBL’s most exciting teams.
Riley Meredith threatened to blow up the roof of Marvel Stadium as he yanked his middle-ranking heart out at Thunder with a heavy spell to help the Hurricanes win a nine-game win.
The Hobart speedster finished with 3/29 out of four times and did the bulk of the damage in the eleventh inning when he cleaned Ole Davies and Ben Cut in successive deliveries to turn a sure defeat into a nervous win.
The Thunder was sailing at 3/102 but lost three wickets without a run when hard hitter Daniel Sams was caught to start the next round.
The win interrupts Thunder’s six-game winning streak ahead of Saturday’s Sydney derby, while the score keeps Hobart in pole position.
It wasn’t the Hurricanes’ only championship performance as Matthew Wade, who suffered a terrifying streak of form and was broken for personal reasons, hit 83 of 54 balls..
The T20 World Cup champion has scored just eight games in his last four rounds, and after opting out of his last two Hurricanes matches, captain Wade took full advantage of the ground’s short box boundaries to result in his form dropping in dominant fashion.
“I’ve played cricket long enough to know the wheel will eventually turn if you stay confident and get back on your feet,” said the left-handed.
“I didn’t score the goals I wanted to do in the previous games, but (with) some change in the role I played there and I tried to play the way I know I can.”
This change of role elevated Caleb Jewell (51 of 32) to the opener and Wade relegated to third, a role the captain now sees as the “best arrangement” for the Hurricanes.
The pair combined for 89 runs to push the men in purple to 6/177.
In a rollercoaster chase, Thunder hit 56 of the first four overs in the season’s highest performance, thanks to Alex Hales’ hit (38 of 17).
With his run at 2/92 after eight overtakes, Wade’s decision to put spearhead Meredith back into attack in the 11th minute was crucial.
Australian legend Mike Hussey admired Boyd.
“Since the first ball he got out, he’s timed the ball superbly,” Hussey said on Fox Cricket.
“He was hitting the ball really well through the cover, he plays that lap really well which puts a lot of pressure on the bowlers. He held his composure and showed a lot of experience, because there was a lot going down around him.”
The victory saw the Hurricanes cut off the Thunder’s six-game winning streak, which had been a club record.
McDermott joins the 500 . club
Despite scoring just 18 goals—well below the pre-season average of 61.9—Ben McDermott became only the 10th Hurricanes player to score more than 500 points in a Big Bash season.
With two games coming for the Hurricanes (plus a potential final), McDermott (513 innings) will need a stunning finish to surpass the record 705 set by superstar Marcus Stoines in 2019-20.
Both teams had the impression that the match would be played with the roof open since Marvel Stadium was soaked in sunshine at the draw.
But the players returned to the field realizing they didn’t need their sun because the ground crew decided to close the roof early because they couldn’t close it during play.
Players from both teams complained about poor conditions on the field, but admitted there was not much they could do with the forecast rain that would have affected the Melbourne derby later that night.
Originally published as Sydney Thunder left in ruins by four-ball Hobart Hurricanes devastation