Spinners, Buttler star as Thunder rout Hurricanes in Launceston
Sydney Thunder's Big Bash League campaign has been given a shot in the arm, with Jos Buttler and the team's crafty spinners starring in a 57-run thrashing of the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Coming off back-to-back losses, Thunder leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and finger spinner Arjun Nair picked up four wickets in the middle overs as the Hurricanes were skittled for 109 in their pursuit of 5-166 in Launceston.
The Hurricanes lost 4-10 as Ahmed and Nair went at less than a run a ball.
Off-spinner Chris Green joined the party, chipping in with two lower-order wickets.
Opener Alex Doolan (34 from 32) and an unbeaten late flurry from Jofra Archer (25 from 16) were the only bright points for the Hurricanes as they crumbled in the first BBL game held outside a capital city.
The Thunder sit mid-table with two victories from four matches while the Hurricanes are winless from their opening two matches and sit at the foot of the ladder.
A brutal 67 from 41 from Sydney's English import Buttler set up the win.
He and skipper Shane Watson shared an 84-run second-wicket stand after the Thunder were sent in to bat.
Buttler, who had scored just 33 from his previous three BBL innings this season, clubbed four sixes off one Tom Rogers over.
It was a tough initiation for debutant Rogers, who conceded 50 runs from three overs.
Watson appeared on track for his third half century of the tournament before being run out for 41 from 35 balls in diabolical fashion.
The former Australia all-rounder turned for a second run but partner Callum Ferguson did not respond as Watson was caught well short by Cameron Boyce in the deep.
Left-arm finger spinner Clive Rose was the pick of the Hobart bowlers with 2-20, including the wicket of Buttler who he trapped LBW.
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