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Dunk delivers for Hurricanes

January 03, 2015 11:26:54 UK

Hurricanes captain George Bailey.

Ben Dunk got the better of his former state as Hobart Hurricanes beat Brisbane Heat by six wickets at Bellerive Oval.

Dunk, who was delisted by Queensland in 2012 before being given a second life by Tasmania, smashed 67 off 47 balls against the Heat.

Hobart chased down the visitors’ 6-208 to win with an over to spare, leaving Brisbane needing to improve their form to secure a semi-finals spot.

The Hurricanes pipped the Heat by one point to claim the last semi-finals berth last season, and Brisbane have won just one of their first three this time around.

They looked well on course for victory after scoring at 10.4 runs per over, with openers Jimmy Peirson and Peter Forrest both scoring half-centuries.

The pair put on 119 for the first wicket before Peirson got an edge onto his stumps from a Darren Sammy delivery to be out for 57 off 35 balls.

Forrest followed him three balls later for 62, including a six and seven fours, Xavier Doherty taking a good catch off the bowling of Hurricanes debutant Jake Reed.

Chris Lynn and Daniel Christian maintained the scoring rate as they put on 44 together for the third wicket before Christian became the first of three wickets for Cameron Boyce.

All but two of Christian’s runs came in boundaries as he smashed four sixes and two fours in his superlative nine-ball innings of 34 before being stumped by Tim Paine.

Boyce then had Lynn and Nathan Reardon out in successive balls in the penultimate over to finish with 3-40.

Brisbane saw the home side better their own opening stand as Dunk and Paine put on 120 together in nine overs.

Paine hit three sixes in his 55 from 25 balls before falling to Jason Floros, while Dunk went on to score 67 off 40.

Last year’s player of the tournament hit 18 off Andrew Flintoff’s first over, with former Australian T20 captain George Bailey finishing the job off with 28 off 12 balls.

Hobart are 1.61 to beat Melbourne Renegades in their next fixture, with the Renegades priced at 2.30 to come out on top.

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