The Hobart Hurricanes have stormed into the BBL07 final after an emphatic victory over the Scorchers in Perth.
Optus Stadium hosted it’s first Big Bash contest as the top-placed Perth Scorchers missed the final for only the second time in BBL history.
A superb knock of 71 off 45 balls from opener Matthew Wade set the groundwork for a huge total of 4/210 after Ben McDermott finished the innings in stunning fashion with 67 runs off 30 deliveries.
McDermott’s partnership with all-rounder Dan Christian was the key moment of the game, with the pair taking the Hurricanes from 3/120 to an incredible 4/208.
The Scorchers were then skittled for a mere 139 in front of their home crowd, with Dan Christian (4/17) and Tom Rogers (3/31) doing the bulk of the damage.
Tim Bresnan (43) and Shaun Marsh (30) were the only real contributors with the bat for Perth, as recognised batsmen Cameron Bancroft, Mitch Marsh, Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright and Adam Voges were all dismissed for single figure scores.
Hobart’s amazing batting performance was the first score of 200 runs in a BBL semi-final and also the first time the Perth Scorchers have conceded 200 runs in their history.
Voges, who captains the Scorchers, announced his retirement after the loss, with the 38-year-old being a key pillar in the Scorchers reaching the BBL finals for all seven years.
“It’s a disappointing way to end, but I’ve had so many good memories,” Voges said.
“It would have been nice to finish on a better note, but you don’t always get to write your own script.
“To be able to play in three premiership-winning teams, and to make finals every year is a terrific effort in itself.
“We probably need a couple of different things for our list.
“I know most of our squad is already contracted for next year. But I think there’s one or two spots that we can strengthen our squad in, and me opening up a spot will allow Justin Langer and the team to do that.”
Hobart will travel to either Adelaide or Melbourne for Sunday night’s final pending on the result of tonight’s Strikers/Renegades semi-final.