Big Bash League: Batters and Doggett stand tall as Sydney Thunder decimate Hobart Hurricanes
Alex Hales smashed another fifty [Source: Twitter]
The 22nd game of the ongoing Big Bash League 2022-23 witnessed Sydney Thunder annihilate Hobart Hurricanes by 62 runs. The Thunder jumped to the second spot in the points table with this comprehensive win.
Hales-Davies heroics power Thunder to a massive total
Batting first, Sydney Thunder got a flying start to their innings, courtesy of a 16-ball 33-run cameo from Matthew Gilkes. After the southpaw fell prey to Nathan Ellis, Rilee Rossouw and Alex Hales added 38 runs, setting the tone for a respectable total.
However, it was the mammoth 105-run stand between Hales and Oliver Davies that batted the Hurricanes out of the game. While Hales hammered a scintillating 45-ball 77, Davies continued his sublime touch, smashing 65 runs off just 32 balls with the help of five fours and as many sixes.
The duo's belligerent hitting propelled the Men in Green to a massive total of 228 runs. Nathan Ellis, the lone shining light for the Hurricanes with the ball, claimed four wickets for 37 runs.
Doggett's four-for rattle the Hurricanes for a paltry total
Chasing 229, Hobart got off to a disastrous start, losing D'Arcy Short to Brendan Doggett for two runs. However, Caleb Jewell and skipper Matthew Wade steadied the ship, adding 72 runs for the second wicket.
But as soon as Usman Qadir cleaned up Jewell, the Hurricanes batting lineup started falling like a pack of cards. While Ben Cutting dismissed Wade and Asif Ali, Doggett came back to hit the final nail in the Hurricanes' coffin, getting rid of Jimmy Neesham, Joel Paris and Nathan Ellis.
Skipper Chris Green finished things off in style by dismissing Riley Meredith, as the Hurricanes were bundled out for 166 with three overs to spare.
Sydney Thunder: 228/6 (20)
Alex Hales 77 (45), Oliver Davies 65 (32);
Nathan Ellis 4/37 (4), Riley Meredith 2/49 (4)
Hobart Hurricanes: 166 (17)
Matthew Wade 67 (30), Tim David (25);
Brendan Doggett 4/35 (4), Ben Cutting 2/16 (2)
Sydney Thunder won by 62 runs.