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Howler de­nies Short ton as Hur­ri­canes tri­umph

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - ADAM SMITH

D’ARCY SHORT LAST NIGHT SHOULD HAVE SCORED HIS SEC­OND BBL CEN­TURY, BUT A HOWLER OF A CALL LEFT HIM STRANDED ON 96 NOT OUT

A HOWLER of an um­pir­ing de­ci­sion cost D’Arcy Short be­com­ing just the third player to score two BBL cen­turies but an­other mas­ter­class dis­play from the form bats­man launched the Hur­ri­canes back onto the win­ners’ list.

Short fin­ished un­beaten on 96 from 57 balls against the Mel­bourne Stars, com­bin­ing with open­ing part- ner in crime Matthew Wade (41) to lift the vis­i­tors to 2-185 at the MCG.

It was a to­tal that proved well be­yond the hosts, who were bowled out for 126 as Ho­bart bounced back from a last-start loss to the Rene­gades to im­prove to a 6-1 record with the 60run vic­tory. How­ever, the talk­ing point was Short be­ing robbed of join­ing Us­man Khawaja and Luke Wright as the only bats­men to have recorded mul­ti­ple Big Bash tons.

In the 18th over Short squeezed a full ball from Dwayne Bravo off the toe of the bat to the fine leg boundary — only for the um­pire to in­cor­rectly sig­nal leg byes.

HO­BART’S streak of un­changed BBL teams came to an end last night when Jake Do­ran was handed his Hur­ri­canes de­but at the MCG.

The Big Bash lad­der lead­ers have rolled out the same side through their first six matches of the tour­na­ment but opted to in­clude Do­ran at No. 3 at the ex­pense of Alex Doolan against the Mel­bourne Stars.

The Stars also fea­tured a debu­tant of their own in spin­ner Tom O’Con­nell — the home side’s 20th player used in BBL|08 to Ho­bart’s 12.

How­ever Do­ran might not have got his chance had Cricket New Zealand ticked off on re­leas­ing a player to join Ho­bart as its sec­ond im­port.

The Hur­ri­canes are yet to re­place Ty­mal Mills after the quick bowler suf­fered a se­ri­ous ham­string in­jury on the eve of the tour­na­ment, but the Mer­cury un­der­stands they had their eyes on a Kiwi in­ter­na­tional to fill the void.

But CNZ opted out of the deal, send­ing the Hur­ri­canes back to the draw­ing board.

Do­ran, who played five BBL matches in sev­eral sea­sons with the Syd­ney Thun­der be­fore sign­ing with the Hur­ri­canes this sum­mer, was un­able to make the most of his de­but in pur­ple after open­ers Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short laid down the per­fect plat­form.

The dy­namic duo, the most feared in the league, com­bined for a 95-run stand be­fore Wade was caught at long off by Ben Dunk to hand O’Con­nell his first T20 wicket.

Do­ran en­tered the frame in the 12th over, but man­aged just seven from eight de­liv­er­ies be­fore pop­ping a re­turn catch back to leg spin­ner Liam Bowe.

Com­men­tat­ing for Chan­nel Seven, Ricky Ponting ques­tioned the de­ci­sion to send Do­ran in in­stead of Ben McDer­mott (27 not out from 19 balls), be­liev­ing it was the per­fect sce­nario for the pow­er­ful right han­der to keep the mo­men­tum rolling.

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