Philippe and Vince humble the Hurricanes

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23 Jan 2019, 17:10 IST
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Josh Philippe in motion for the Sixers versus the Hurricanes

James Vince and Josh Philippe blasted half-centuries as Sydney Sixers cantered house by 9 wickets handy Hobart Hurricanes only a second defeat of the Massive Bash League season. 

The Hurricanes got here into Wednesday’s assembly on the SCG understanding a ninth win from 10 video games would all-but guarantee them a house semi-final. 

And they might have fancied their probabilities as Matthew Wade (64), Ben McDermott (41) and D’Arcy Quick (32) paved the best way for a helpful 172-4, boosted by George Bailey’s nine-ball 22 on the finish. 

However even Quick and Wade, the event’s high two run-scorers, have been overshadowed by Vince and Philippe, who placed on 167 for the second wicket with some devastating hitting to carry the Sixers to second within the desk and searching good for a play-off berth with six wins from 11 matches.

 

WADE MAKING WAVES ONCE MORE

Alongside opening accomplice Quick, Wade had loved an unbroken 158-run stand in a 10-wicket success over Adelaide Strikers final day out. 

Wade crashed 84 from solely 49 balls on that event and though he was not fairly as explosive right here, the wicketkeeper nonetheless thumped 4 fours and two sixes in his 51-ball knock. 

He and Quick, who hit 4 fours and one most throughout his 26-ball keep, placed on 67 for the opening partnership and set the platform for McDermott and Bailey. 

The previous bought himself going with successive sixes off Lloyd Pope, earlier than perishing from the penultimate ball of the innings courtesy of a shocking diving catch from Sean Abbott working round from long-on. 

 

VINCE GOES BACK-TO-BACK

The England worldwide had discovered kind with 75 in opposition to Brisbane Warmth on Sunday, and he adopted that up with 74 not out from 50 balls right here. 

He took his time to start with, scoring solely six from his first six – thanks largely to an edged 4 off Clive Rose – however quickly discovered his rhythm, to the dismay of Riley Meredith. 

The 13th over noticed Vince go to fifty with a six off his legs, earlier than crashing two extra boundaries to that aspect as Meredith leaked 18 from his set of six. 

 

PHILIPPE FINDS HIS FEET

After a earlier excessive rating of 30 on this yr’s event, it is truthful to say Philippe was due a rating and he definitely delivered. 

His 86 from solely 49 deliveries featured 9 fours whereas he cleared the ropes on three events, together with taking Rose for 3 boundaries in succession in a fourth over that yielded 19 runs. 

That sequence kicked off a run of 9 fours in simply 13 balls from the Sixers batsmen, who cruised to their goal with 17 deliveries to spare. 

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