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Live: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder

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HURRICANES WIN! They've beaten the Thunder by 32 runs. They never looked in control chasing the Hurricanes' 4-177. Ricky Ponting is the man of the match for his 63 runs and one wicket. The Thunder will remain glued to the bottom of the ladder. Join us for all the action from the Sixers v Strikers on our other online blog.

WICKET! He's bowled him. Ben Laughlin removes Zampa. It's party time in Hobart. Thunder are now 9-143 after 19.3 overs.

End of the 19th over. Thunder 8-143. They need 35 runs off the last over to win. Yeah, right.

In case you're interested. The Sixers have won the toss and will bat first in Adelaide. Follow all the action from that game on our live blog.

Hang on! He's been called back. Wrong call from the square leg umpire. Replays show Adam Zampa was safe. Ponting has been robbed!

WICKET! Ponting has two wickets. Great stumping by Tim Paine. What an afternoon for the former Australian captain. Thunder 9-134.

WICKET! Ponting gets his man! Good come back. That should seal man of the match honours for Ponting. George Bailey takes a catch in the deep. The home town hero gets his first wicket for the Hurricanes. Coyte dismissed for 10 off five balls.

SIX! That's out of the ground. Scott Coyte belts Ricky Ponting on to the road. A 94m hit from Coyte. 7-134 off 17.3 overs.

What do we have here! Ricky Ponting is into the attack. Thunder 7-124 after 17 overs. 54 runs required off 18 balls.

What an over from Doherty. Finishes with figures of 3-32. He took 3-3 off his final over.

HAT-TRICK! Xavier Doherty has done it! That's a hat-trick. Cam Borgas trapped in front. The crowd is in raptures. Replays suggest that is missing off stump by quite a bit, but it still counts.

WICKET! Doherty on a hat-trick. Ryan Carters stumped by Tim Paine. Thunder 6-122 still needing 56 off 21 balls. Game over.

Sean Abbott out there now. Thunder still require 56 off 22 balls.

WICKET! Simon Keen pops it up straight to cover. Doherty gets ther breakthrough. Thunder 5-122 off 16.2 overs. Keen is dismissed for 24 off 12 balls.

Simon Keen (24 off 11) doing a good job for the Thunder. They scored 2, 4, 0, 4, 1, 1 from that over for a total of 12. Thunder are now 4-121 off 16 overs. They need 57 runs off 24 balls.

10 runs an over isn't good enough at this stage of the game. Thunder now require 69 off 30 balls. 4-109 off 16 overs.

Thunder require 79 from 36 balls. The game will be won and lost in this Xavier Doherty over.

I agree with the FoxSports boys. Sean Abbott should've walked out on to the middle, not Simon Keen. That's what happens when your captain is out there. Almost 13 runs an over required for victory now.

WICKET! What a catch! Rogers is caught in the deep by Travis Birt off the bowling of Scott Styris for 24 off 28 balls. It might well be a blessing for the Thunder, who welcome the big-hitting Simon Keen. Thunder 4-91 off 13.1 overs.

NOT OUT! Chris Rogers' bat looked to be in the air but benefit of the doubt goes to the batsman. Great throw from Scott Styris on the boundary and an equally impressive pick up on the volley from Tim Paine. Rogers survives. Thunder 3-91 off 13 overs.

THIRD UMPIRE: Called on to check a possible run out. Rogers in trouble.

WICKET! Doug Bollinger removes Mahmood for 23 off 20 balls. Trying to heave it over to the leg side, Mahmood gets a thick outside edge that flies to third man. Mahmood goes and the Thunder are now 3-82 off 12.1 overs. Ryan Carters into bat.

DROPPED! George Bailey puts down a tough chance running back and looking over his shoulder. Mahmood survives. Thunder 2-82 off 12 overs.

If the Thunder can get to 100 by the end of the 13th over, they'll be in with a good chance. That will leave them 78 runs off the final seven overs. Tough ask, especially with their batting line-up, but they'll be desperate to avoid their ninth straight loss in the Big Bash. End of the 11th over, Thunder 2-76. 12 runs off that over.

FOUR! I've done it again. The moment I ask for Mahmood to pick up the tempo, he comes down the wicket to give himself some room and punches Xavier Doherty to the cover boundary. Thunder 2-60 off nine overs. Hurricanes were 0-67.

Time to get a move on. Thunder already need 11 runs an over to win this game. Azhar Mahmood's the most likely of the two out there to pick up the tempo.

Hurricanes bowling well, mixing up their pace and length. Mahmood and Rogers content to just pick up the singles at this stage. A couple more overs of this then it's time to launch. Tipping a big one from Sean Abbott tonight. Thunder 2-52 off 8 overs.

Powerplay completed. Thunder 2-37 off 6 overs. Azhar Mahmood and Chris Rogers at the crease. At the same time, Hurricanes were 0-40.

WICKET! Cosgrove skies a ball to mid-off and the Thunder are now 2-36 off 5.2 overs. Great change of pace from Ben Laughlin deceives the left-hander, who made 19 off 16 balls. Enter Azhar Mahmood.

WICKET! Gayle gone! He's top edged a short ball and it has popped up straight to mid on. Ben Laughlin takes the catch. Evan Gulbis picks up the big wicket of Gayle. He's dismissed for a run-a-ball 13. Is that game over? Thunder 1-30 off 4.3 overs.

SIX! Chris Gayle hits the first six of the Thunder innings.

Thunder 0-17 after 3 overs. At the same time in their innings, Hurricanes were 0-14.

FOUR! First boundary of the innings. Mark Cosgrove gets enough on it to beat George Bailey to the mid-off boundary.

Doug Bollinger completes his first over against his former team. Thunder 0-11 off 2 overs.

Good to hear Chris Gayle was applying himself leading into this game. I've been a bit critical of his commitment the last couple of games. I've watched the Thunder warm up the last two times at ANZ Stadium and he hasn't looked interested.

Thunder are 0-6 after one over. Cosgrove almost caught and bowled off the bowling of Styris.

Kiwi Scott Styris opens things up for the Hurricanes with the ball. Mark Cosgrove partners Chris Gayle in the middle for the Thunder.

Thunder bowling:

Abbott 0-8 (1)

Nannes 0-44 (4)

Coyte 0-17 (3)

Mahmood 0-44 (3)

Zampa 3-26 (4)

Keen 0-10 (1)

Gayle 1-25 off (4)

Hurricanes batting:

Ponting 63 off 45

Paine 40 off 34

Birt 0 off 4

Shah 26 off 16

Blizzard 9 off 9

Bailey 30 off 13

SIX AND END OF THE INNINGS! Great final over from Hobart. They've picked up 19 from it to finish with 4-177 off their 20 overs. George Bailey hit a six on the final ball from Nannes to finish with 30 off 13 balls. Owais Shah contributed with 26 off 16 balls.

SIX! George Bailey lifts a slowerb all from Azhar Mahmood and puts him on to the hill at Blundstone Arena. Massive slog over mid-wicket for six. Hurricanes now 4-158 after 19 overs. Azhar Mahmood finishes with figures of 0-44 off 3 overs in his final game for the Thunder. He'll be replaced by English wicket-keeper Matt Prior next game.

FOUR! Owais Shah picks up the only boundary of the 18th over. Hurricanes 4-144 off 18 overs. Have a dig Bailey!

Why is George Bailey batting at No.6? You'd think the Australian T20 captain would bat higher than that.

Zampa finishes his spell with the figures of 3-26 off fours overs. Aiden Blizzard the last batsman out for just nine off as many balls. Hurricanes 4-125 off 16 overs.

WICKET! Young Adam Zampa has his third wicket.

Brilliant passage of cricket for the Sydney Thunder. They've taken 3-5 off the last two overs. Hurricanes now 3-116 after 15 overs. Suddenly 160-170 looks like the target.

Travis Birt may find himself in a bit of trouble. He was given out caught behind but then raised his arms to the umpire as if to ask how he could've given that. Replays don't show an edge, but it was close. he pounds the boundary rope with his bat on his way back to the dressing rooms.

WICKET! Adam Zampa has his second wicket of the over. Travis Birt caught behind for a duck. Hurricanes were 0-111 but are now 3-111.

WICKET! Tim Paine follows Ricky Ponting back to the pavillion. He's scored 41 off 34 balls before he was caught on the boundary. Two wickets in three balls for the Thunder. Hurricanes now 2-111 after 13.1 overs.

WICKET! Ricky Ponting has been bowled by Chris Gayle. He's backed away and given himself some room, but a little outside edge thunders into the stumps. Brilliant knock from Punter. 63 off 45 balls. Hurricanes 1-111 off 12.5 overs. Enter Travis Birt.

THAT'S THE 100 UP! A French cut from Tim Paine rolls away to the boundary. Dirk Nannes isn't happy. Ricky Ponting now 60 off 42 balls, while Paine is moving along with 32 off 30 balls. Hurricanes 0-103 off 12 overs.

The Hurricanes will post a score around the 200 mark. With 10 wickets in hand, anything is possible, especially with Travis Birt still to come.

Ricky Ponting was 22 off 23 balls, then scored his next 30 runs off 14 balls to bring up his half century. At the other end, Tim Paine is 25 off 27 balls. Hurricanes 0-89 off 11 overs.

SIX and 50! Ricky Ponting is on fire. Back to back fours followed by a six off the bowling of Azhar Mahmood to bring up his half century. His 52 coming off 36 balls. The first a lovely drive along the carpet to the mid-off rope, the second a flick off his pads to square leg, then he goes over the mid-wicket boundary for a six. Hurricanes dominating. They are 0-85 off 10 overs.

FOUR! Back to back boundaries from Ricky Ponting. First was a lofted drive over cover, the second a back foot drive through the point region. Showing T20 is not just about bashing the ball. There's still room for class in the shortest format of the game. Hurricanes 0-55 off 8 overs.

Good first over from Zampa, just four from it. He bowled well on Thursday night at ANZ Stadium before he was belted off his final over. I'm sure John Inverarity will be having a good look at him because he's destined for higher honours in the next few years.

Adam Zampa into the attack for the Hurricanes. Bright future for this young leg-spinner. Product of the NSW South Coast. Looks a bit like Manly Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.

SIX! What a shot from Tim Paine. He's come down the wicket to Azhar Mahmood and cross-batted it over the mid-wicket boundary. That's the shot of the day so far. Hurricanes now 0-40 off 6 overs.

News just coming through that Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from the one-day game. Thoughts? Would you like to see him give it all away or do you think he can keep going?

SIX! Of course, as soon as I say he's struggling, Ponting comes down the wicket and lifts one over cover for six. Brilliant shot. Could that be the shot that ignites his innings?

Ricky Ponting struggling a bit out there. You know Ponting is out of touch when he's unable to time the pull shot. 10 off 15 for the former Aussie skipper as the Hurricanes move to 0-20 off 4 overs

MAIDEN! Scott Coyte bowls six dot balls to Ricky Ponting. Great over. Hurricanes 0-14 off 3 overs.

Tim Paine picks up a boundary on the last ball of Nannes' first over, throwing the bat a wide delivery that soars over the in-field and into the cover rope. The Hurricanes move to 0-14 off two overs.

Dirk Nannes to bowl his first over. Anyone think he's bowling well enough to earn a position in the Aussie T20 side? Brad Hogg did it on the back of an impressive BBL campaign last year.

Two wides and a boundary to start with from Abbott. Wow. Sums up Thunder's season. Hurricanes 0-6 off 1 ball.

The openers have walked out on to the middle. Ricky Ponting and Tim Paine will get things going on a glorious afternoon in Hobart. Sean Abbott opening the bowling for the Thunder.

Welcome to the Christmas eve eve double header. Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder to kick things off tonight. Going by what we've seen from the Thunder so far, this match could finish early. Chris Rogers won the toss for the Thunder and elected to bowl first. Meanwhile, stick around for the second game of the double header between the Strikers and Sydney Sixers from Adelaide Oval.


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  • Big Bash - waste of time. Do not watch it, not the slightest bit interested. Test cricket and one-dayers, fantastic, but this T20 rubbish - might as well tune into geriatric baseball.

    Date and time
    December 23, 2012, 4:08PM
    • Big bash a waste of time.. eh? How about big bash fans enter a few keen comments describing those who simply cannot resist hitting that old keyboard when totally incapable of resisting the urge to blah blah .... I am more than happy to stake the claim that nothing on earth is a bigger waste of time than these tweet twits and their sour blah blah and sniping every single invitation to comment... leave those interested in the game some peace to have a chat in a room designed to discuss this Big Bash... go pick that boil messing with your mind, it is huge....

      Date and time
      December 23, 2012, 6:16PM
    • Why bother commenting then? Attention seeker.

      Date and time
      December 23, 2012, 9:15PM
    • Do you play geriatric baseball? You certainly sound like a grumpy geriatric sourpuss.

      Date and time
      December 23, 2012, 9:16PM
    • Glenn's comment - Waste of time.

      Date and time
      December 23, 2012, 9:17PM
    • Stop trolling and leave this for the people that aren't bitter at life.

      Date and time
      December 23, 2012, 9:18PM
    • Sorry guys, Glen gets grumpy when he stays up past his bedtime. Go to bed, sweetie, and remember to brush your teeth.

      Glen's Mum
      Date and time
      December 23, 2012, 9:19PM
    • Poor Glen, you won't have 50-over games to watch for long. They are soon to go the way of the dodo, the Tasmanian tiger and your geriatric views.

      Date and time
      December 23, 2012, 9:27PM

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