The Hobart Hurricanes have absolutely capitulated in a horror display against the Perth Scorchers in Hobart that has seen the side fall further behind in chase for the BBL finals.
The Scorchers’ third straight win came on the back of a 46-ball 73 from wicketkeeper Josh Inglis, as the visitors recovered from being 2/16.
A 109 run stand with Mitchell Marsh gave Perth a score to bowl to as they tallied 7/175 off their 20 overs, before taking regular wickets and claiming a 77 run win.
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The win pushes them to third on the ladder, while the Hurricanes remain in seventh with the side needed some wins to turn the season around.
It was a nightmare from the outset for the Hurricanes with George Bailey getting nothing from a young spectator and learning all about the old adage that you should never work with children or animals.
His pre-match hat signing, which has become a tradition and brilliant piece of fan engagement in the BBL, will likely go down as one of the cringiest pieces of TV.
See the interview in the video player above.
“What’s your name?” Bailey asked.
“You think we’ll get up?” Bailey said.
“You a Hurricanes fan?” Bailey continued.
“Mmmm, not really,” Cody replied.
“Not really, jeepers,” Bailey said. “Have you been sent out here as a bit of a mole, are you from Western Australia?”
“Do you like cricket?” Bailey said.
“Sometimes my brother forces me,” Cody said.
“It’s been lovely chatting to you, have a lovely evening,” Bailey dismounted as Cody ran off the field.
Turning to the commentary, Bailey said: “Onward and upwards from here boys, my lord, I tell you what, they make you work for it.”
Unfortunately, it was wishful thinking from George – it can get so much worse.
While 176 isn’t a crazy chase, the Hurricanes fell in a hole, losing 2/5 in the first two overs and regular wickets throughout to be bowled out for 98 within 17.1 overs.
Bailey was the pick of the batsmen with 36 off 31 balls.
Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers for the Scorchers, taking 4/19, as Perth choked the Hurricanes out of the game.
On the brightside, the path to the finals isn’t closed for the Hurricanes but every loss makes it harder with two points separating third and sixth on the ladder.
The world thought Stuart MacGill was unlucky behind Shane Warne for all those years but Australia might make a new kind of logjam as another wicketkeeper put his hand up.
Josh Inglis has smashed 73 off 46 balls after it appeared to be a tough pitch to bat on.
While he didn’t go all the way, his rise and breakout BBL season has put more of a squeeze on the wicketkeeping position.
Current Aussie Test keeper Tim Paine had high praise for Inglis.
“I like seeing wicket keeping at its purist and Josh Inglis is one of the best, if not the best young wicket keeper in the country in my opinion. Inglis looks more your traditional Test match wicket keeper.”
Ricky Ponting had high praise as well, saying he looked like Brendan McCullum.
It raises a potential question of whether we could have a keeper for each format, or just a long tail or keepers who can take the gloves.
While Alex Carey can seemingly do it all, there’s almost too much talent to leave out – assuming the stocks keep rising.
Hurricanes: Matthew Wade (c), Caleb Jewell, Simon Milenko, Ben McDermott, David Miller, George Bailey, Clive Rose, Tom Rogers, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Scott Boland
Scorchers: Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis, Sam Whiteman, Mitchell Marsh (c), Cameron Bancroft, Cameron Green, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
Chris Lynn has labelled him cricket’s most entertaining batsman and AB de Villiers is confident he can form a deadly Big Bash combination with the Brisbane Heat captain.
South African superstar de Villiers will play the last six matches and also the finals, if the fifth-placed Heat qualify for the final four, with his first outing on Tuesday afternoon at the Gabba against Adelaide Strikers.
De Villiers, who will replace English young gun Tom Banton, was lured to the BBL for the first time by Lynn and said the good vibes on arrival indicated the Heat could turn a 4-4 start into another title.
“There’s been a lot of highlights in those first eight games and enough to take us forward and hopefully all the way,” de Villiers said.
The South African is likely to bat at either No.3 or No.4, with big-hitting Lynn, Matthew Renshaw or Joe Burns set to shift to the top of the order in place of the departed Banton.
It paves the way for a de Villiers-Lynn partnership that could produce fireworks.
“It’s an interesting dynamic when it comes to cricket,” de Villiers said. “Two players at the crease – it works or it doesn’t but I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to work and be very nice to watch.”
Lynn said the club’s easy-going recruitment approach was to thank for the signature of one of the game’s elite batsmen.
“In my opinion he’s probably the No.1 entertaining batsman in the world,” he said.
“He hits the ball 360 degrees whenever he wants and he’s two steps ahead of the game compared to everyone else.”