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‘Tight table’: McDermott stars as Hurricanes blow away Thunder to surge up ladder

“We got off to a good start with the ball, I thought we had a winning total with our attack,” Ferguson said. “I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t execute our plans.”

The loss is a scare for the Thunder, who have just three games left of the regular season. They remain in second place after Monday night’s loss, but just three points separate second and seventh.

Ben McDermott smashes another one to the boundary.

Ben McDermott smashes another one to the boundary.Credit:Getty

Only the Melbourne Renegades are out of the finals at this stage.

“It’s a tight table, it’s a tough competition and we know that,” he said. “We’ve got some big games coming up and games we think we are more than capable of winning.

“We are really confident that we will get over the line, we will get two or three wins out of those last three games and be really good shape going into the finals.”

Ferguson said the Thunder’s second loss in a row at Manuka Oval was particularly hard to swallow.

Manuka Oval has been the closest thing to a home ground for Sydney’s Big Bash sides this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

But after losing to the Sixers at the venue, the Thunder’s Manuka mojo was put to the test again on Monday night.

The Thunder innings started shakily. The usually upbeat Alex Hales was furious, throwing his hands in the air as the DJ at the ground seemingly went on a toilet break during his knock. The music failed stop as Hales stepped up to the crease, with play halting as players waited for the tunes to be turned down.

Hales was eventually sent to the sheds for 29, ending his typically reliable partnership with Usman Khawaja at 64.

Young talent Ollie Davies was given a golden opportunity at No.3, but instead went for a golden duck.

After claiming Davies and Hales, Hurricanes star Scott Boland took Khawaja (27) for his third wicket in a single over. Boland finished with figures of 4-41.

Hitting a half-century from 34 balls, Sam Billings was the Thunder’s unlikely hero, working with skipper Callum Ferguson for a partnership of 67.

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The side’s captain was eventually taken for 23, before Daniel Sams and Ben Cutting finished off the job to set a respectable target of 178.

The Hurricanes didn’t get the start they needed. Will Jacks was bowled by Adam Milnes off the first delivery.

D’Arcy Short was sent to the sheds soon after for six, and it looked like Hobart were struggling. But the few rocky overs seemed to help them focus.

When McDermott and Dawid Malan joined each other at the crease, they appeared almost unstoppable. Malan hit 42 runs to set the scene before McDermott soared to 96. Peter Handscomb (21 not out) and Tim David (7 not out) saw out the final few runs.

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