D’Arcy Short was the surprise destroyer with the ball but a late cameo from Alex Ross helped lift the Sydney Thunder to 5-167 in their BBL clash with the Hobart Hurricanes at Optus Stadium.
The Thunder got off to a lightning start, plundering 48 from the four-over powerplay.
Usman Khawaja (49 off 33 balls) and Alex Hales (21 off 19) combined for a quick-fire 59-run opening stand before Short put on the breaks.
Short (3-26 off four overs) snared the scalps of Hales, Khawaja and Sam Billings in his first three overs, with the triple blow putting the brakes on the Thunder’s charge.
The Thunder battled to 5-117 after 16 overs before Ross (44no off 33 balls) and Ben Cutting (31no off 14 balls) added some late fireworks.
The Hurricanes suffered a big blow before the match when paceman Riley Meredith suffered a suspected rib injury during the warm-up and was pulled from the match.
He was replaced in the side by debutant Nick Winter, who returned figures of 0-27 from his three overs.
Short was the best of the lot with a series of key wickets, while 20-year-old Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (1-23 off four) was also a key figure.
Thunder allrounder Daniel Sams was overlooked for selection after suffering a second concussion in less than two weeks.
Sams was struck on the helmet while batting against the Heat on Tuesday and Thunder coach Shane Bond said the 28-year-old would also miss Saturday’s clash with the Scorchers in Perth.
“I’m feeling alright. We just have to follow the protocols,” Sams told Channel 7.
“It was the second (concussion) in a short period of time. It’s a bit of precaution, just to look after it.
“I didn’t feel it because of the adrenaline. As soon as I got back into the sheds, that’s when the blurry vision started setting in.
“That night I wasn’t great, but I woke up not feeling too bad. It’s been a mild one. The symptoms haven’t been too bad for me.”