Hobart Hurricanes registered their first victory in the CL T20 league as they defeated the so far unbeaten Northern Knights by 86 runs. They fought their way back with the bat in the first innings and then went to totally dominate the in-form Knights batting in the second innings to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Chasing a total pf 179, the start was disastrous for the Knights as they lost 4 wickets even before the crowd was back from the half time break. They were 4 down for 19, losing all their in form players within the batting powerplay. The Knights lost Williamson, Watling, Devcich and Flynn in this period of play.
After this Scott Styris tried to steady the ship for the Knoghts as he tried to build a partnership with Mitchell for the fifth wicket, hitting Doug Bollinger for 16 runs in the process in a single over. He looked throughout the time he lasted on the field, but he got little help from anyone else in the process. Mitchell was dismissed by Xavier Doherty as he had him stumped in the 12th over.
Tim Southee played some aggressive strokes during the end of innings, but it was all in lost cause as little help from the top order and scoring at just under 5 runs an over for the first 10 overs ultimately led to their downfall in the match. This is their first loss in the tournament and they would look to put it behind their backs and move on to the next game.
Ben Hilfenhaus was the chief destroyer as he accounted for 3 important wickets at the top of the order completely destroying the back bone of the batting line up of the Knights. Xavier Doherty also picked up 3 important wickets, and played an important role in supporting Hilfenhaus. The knights were ultimately bundled out for 92 runs, a score far more disappointing than the batting repo they have.
Earlier, the Hurricanes recovered from a slow start and posted a more than decent total of 178 runs due to some excellent batying towards the end. Aiden Blizzard and Shoaib Malik played to mastered innings as they scored 76 runs in the last 5 overs of the first innings. The bowlers looked helpless all this while and the dew played a very important factor during this period.