Hobart Hurricanes 6 for 178 (Bailey 69, Hardie 2-25) beat Perth Scorchers 9 for 177 (Whiteman 68, Faulkner 3-36) and struck four goals
The masterful blow to the death of James Faulkner booked his spectacular inaugural bowling attack and led Hobart Hurricanes to a nerve-wracking victory over a Perth Scorchers at Perth Stadium.
Faulkner claimed three wickets in his first seven deliveries and scored Scorchers 7 to 3 before the hosts recovered to a total of 177 for a total of 9.
In an unpredictable competition, Hurricanes saw out of the chase several times and needed 16 final runs against scorchers ace bowler Andrew Tye.
Join Faulkner, who lived up to his nickname “The Finisher,” as he needed only three deliveries to seal a memorable victory and bring the top-of-the-ladder hurricanes one step closer to a final place.
The stinging defeat puts Scarlcher’s BBL power plants (three wins and six defeats) in danger of missing the knockout stage for the first time.
The match was delayed somewhat as the MCG’s ODI dropped the distance and started the scorchers’ innings, with India still taking 14 runs to complete a series triumph.
For those who missed out on a lazy day, Faulkner ran a master class swing swing through Scorcher’s acclaimed lace rows. The 28-year-old, once a major base for the Australian teams, reminded everyone of his ability to remove Cameron Bancroft (0) by handing over the game for the third time as the in-form opener went straight into the gully.
Faulkner hit two balls later when he caught the battling opener Michael Klinger for a golden duck with a gem-in-swinger. Klinger, however, found himself unhappy after repetitions of the ball missing the stumps and bumping it outside the leg.
A hapless Klinger, the BBL’s best scorer so far, dropped out of the seventh legal extradition of Ben Dwarshuis at the final start against Sydney Sixers and scored a miserable 115 runs in a miserable campaign.
Faulkner’s most important scalp came in his next round with the coveted wicket of Ashton Turner for two. With another biting swinger Faulkner deceived Turner, who had hit 210 runs in his last four innings.
Despite a dreadful start, Scorchers did not return to conservatism, as Sam Whiteman had attacked Faulkner impressively, shattering two big sixes in fifth. Whiteman teamed up well in a 77-day partnership with Hilton Cartwright to bring scorchers back into the game, but they were supported by monumental battles by the fast Jofra Archer.
The 23-year-old’s spell ended prematurely after rolling two officials in his first 10 deliveries. In his first round, he received a warning after ejecting a slower ball from Whiteman before repeating the dose.
Archer had also made a misfire attempt on his fourth delivery, with Whiteman having a short delivery, resulting in a free hit. He admitted 19 runs during his short bowling spell as his dull campaign continued.
However, the hurricanes recovered as they took four pfortets from the over-12-to-15 points, as the scorchers fell to 117 on 7 for 117, before Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who had beaten the last two balls in a row dynamic punches lifted scorchers to a strong overall score – a score that is unimaginable after the first 13 deliveries.
D’Arcy Short, the BBL’s leading scorer, has turned Hurricanes into a brilliant start to the season with his stalwart brawl. Short added to the competition when he played against some of his Western Australian teammates who hoped to have inside knowledge of how to stop the raging Southpaw.
Shortly after Matthew Wade fell in the second round, a lot of calm was found, but he could not find his groove against a weaker Scorchers attack without Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson and Ashton Agar.
Short (13) was killed when he made a trademark war effort to fend off the second delivery from Andrew Tye and leave Hurricanes in a hole at 40 for 40.
The debutant Caleb Jewell has set itself the task to enliven the visitors with a series of shots, which are characterized by sweet timings. Jewell (32 of 20 balls) felt confident after beating Aaron Hardie for a huge six, but fell two balls later in the seventh round when Scorchers took control of the competition.
The chances of hurricanes looked catastrophic when Simon Milenko dropped by 13 in 96 for 5, but George Bailey gathered his wealth of experience to ensure a thrilling ending. He prevailed against spinner Usman Qadir in 14th position with six and two frontiers as Scorcher’s inexperienced attack came under pressure.
Bailey found willing support from Faulkner, forcing Hurricanes to finish within 25 laps before the match struck again when he was defeated by Tye on 18 September.
The hurricanes seemed to hold their own and needed 16 laps to go before the finals before Faulkner finished for eternity. He beat Tye’s first ball over the fine leg for six and then smoked a limit on the next ball to bring the hurricanes closer.
Faulkner iced the match with a straight six to unleash scenes of Hurricanes’ delight in the middle of stunned silence at Perth Stadium.