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Picture: The Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers battle it out in Hobart.

“The Hobart Hurricanes have come across for their third straight win by thrashing the Perth Scorchers at Blundstone Arena by six wickets.

In a valiant state of play, the Hurricanes were led home by the excellent on-field partnership between Tim Paine and Ricky Ponting, who together knocked 108 off of 83 balls.

Paine, who has battled injury over the past two years, made a remarkable comeback by hitting 74 runs off of 57 balls. Ponting also took charge and scored 34 runs from 26 balls before being caught out by Beer on Hogg’s ball.

The Scorchers’ kept up the pace throughout their defence, with Brad Hogg’s bowling nearly stealing the show with a hat-trick. Even so, Shah stood tall in spite of Ponting’s catch and Birt’s dismissal for a duck, but it wasn’t long before he too fell after 7 runs from 9 balls.

The partnership of Paine and captain George Bailey took the Hurricanes’ home, with Bailey gaining 19 runs from 11 balls before close of play. The win brings the Hurricanes into third spot on the Big Bash ladder.

Unfortunately it was not meant to be for the Scorchers, who had their three-game winning streak blown away by the furore of the Hurricanes. Early on it looked as if the batting of Simon Katich, who hit 66 runs off 41 balls, would give the Scorchers a well-needed lead against the home side.

This was brought down by several easy wickets by the Hurricanes’, who dismissed Gibbs, Marsh, Triffitt, Coulter-Nile and Thomas for scores all below 10.

The Scorchers’ end result of 8/152 was easily broken, with the Hobart Hurricanes managing the six wicket win with 4/153. The next Hurricanes match is scheduled for Saturday, January 5th at Blundstone Arena against the Adelaide Strikers, and is sure to attract a large crowd.

Tonight’s match had a total audience of 12,110.”

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