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Whitey smashes a six!

Scorchers Succumb To Canes Late Storm

19 January 2019

The Perth Scorchers have fallen by four wickets to the Hobart Hurricanes tonight in a thrilling contest that came down to the wire in front of nearly 37,000 very vocal fans at Optus Stadium.

It was horror start for the men in orange with opening pair, Maxy Klinger and Cam Bancroft, both walking back to the sheds in the first over with no runs on the board.
Sam Whiteman stepped up to the crease and made an instant impact, posting three sixes and four fours during the powerplay to get the Scorchers back into the contest.

The half-centurion was best with the bat, smacking his highest score in T20 cricket with 68 off 44 deliveries, including nine boundaries.

A few quick wickets saw the Hurricanes snare the scalps of Whiteman and Will Bosisto in consecutive balls but the momentum shifted again when Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye came to the crease.

Coulter-Nile (31no off 15) and Tye (25 off 12) hammered the Hurricanes late, Coulter-Nile was particularly damaging, belting three huge sixes in the final over.

Defending 177, Perth steadily chipped away at the Canes top-order but the highlight came when 24-year-old Aaron Hardie took the big wicket of Caleb Jewell (33) in just his second game of Big Bash cricket.

Hardie continued to prove his worth taking a second wicket to finish with figures of 2-25 off his three overs, strongly assisted by Coulter-Nile who was clinical with 1-23 off four overs.

The clash came down to the final over where Hurricanes’ James Faulkner’s big hitting proved too much for home side, the visitors claiming victory with three balls to spare.

Whiteman said it was disappointing to see the match slip away in the final over of play.

“It was a pretty important game for us tonight and I thought we fought our way back into the game really well and losing in the last over is always disappointing,” he said.

“I think you got to give credit to the batsmen sometimes and James Faulkner he has done it for Australia and it’s no surprise he can produce a boundary when he needs to.

“We’re in a tough position but it’s great that we got the big boys coming back next week, Mitch and Shaun and Jason, and the games ahead are all must wins for us.

“We are up against it for the rest of the season but we have shown time and time again that we can find a way when our backs are against the wall… it’s not time to give up on us yet!”

The Scorchers take on Sydney Thunder this Thursday January 24 at Optus Stadium.