Hurricanes in Champions League Finals
Congratulations to ESP’s Ben Laughlin and Jonathon Wells
The Hobart Hurricanes last night secured a place in the 2014 Champions League Semi Finals after defeating the Barbados Tridents by 6-wickets in Mohali.
The victory meant the Hurricanes won three out of their four Group B matches, defeating the Cape Cobras (South Africa), Northern Knights (New Zealand) and the Tridents (Caribbean) with their only loss coming at the hands of IPL Runner’s Up- Kings XI Punjab, who finished their pool matches undefeated at the top of the pool, George Bailey’s side also securing a semi-finals place.
In Group A, 2014 IPL Champions the Kolkata Knight Riders have booked their place in the finals (and will play the Hurricanes) after topping Group A.
The fourth semi-finals spot is up for grabs still with the Chennai Super Kings currently holding second spot in Group A however the Lahore Lions will be looking to overtake them tonight to steal the last semi-finals place.
The Lions take on our BBL friends the Perth Scorchers and with the Super Kings (+0.945) having a better net run rate than the Lions (+0.255) the Pakistan champs will need a big victory against the BBL|03 champions to progress.
Hurricanes batsman Aiden Blizzard currently leads the ‘Golden Bat‘Award for the Most Runs in the tournament with 188 runs. Blizzard has been in superb touch making two half centuries which guided the Hurricanes to two victories, his highest score of 78 against the Cape Cobras. However Barbados’ Jonathan Carter (173) could overtake Blizzard with his side still having one game in the tournament to go and the Trident needing just 16 runs to win the award outright.
In the bowling stakes, Hurricanes pace duo Doug Bollinger (3rd) and Ben Hilfenhaus (4th) have faired well in the ‘Golden Wicket’ list for the most amount of wickets. The pair have taken 8 wickets each with Bollinger’s best figures of 3-22 and Hilfenhaus’ 3-14 both coming against the Northern Knights.