The Hurricanes made 4-181 out of 18 overs in response to the Thunder’s 5-177, with McDermott trailing four runs behind the first century BBL10 after a master class at Manuka

The Thunder made 5-177 out of their 20 overs after being dispatched by the Hurricanes at Canberra, with Sam Billings scoring the highest score at 50 and Scott Boland taking four wickets, including three in an over

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Alex Hales smashed 29 balls out of 23 before becoming the first man for the thunder caught by Nathan Ellis while bowling by Scott Boland

Oliver Davies became No. 1 promoted3 but was sent to pack for a first ball duck after being caught by Ben McDermott off Boland, who picked up his second of the night

Boland made it three wickets in one when Usman Khawaja chopped on his stump to make it 3-66 after 8 overs

Thunder skipper Callum Ferguson struggled to get his 23 innings of 24 balls going before chopping off Ellis’s bowling

Sam Billings was the pick of the Thunder Batsmen, who in his half century smashed four fours and six with 34 balls before being caught by McDermott to give Boland his fourth wicket

Boland got a tip in his late spell, but finished it with numbers 4-41 from his four overs

Ben Cutting shot three fours in his 15 and Daniel Sams a six in his 16 to finish the innings and lead the Hurricanes 178 to victory

In response, Will Jacks was bowled by Adam Milne for his third duck of the tournament with a first ball stunner

D’Arcy Short fought from five balls to six before he was caught by Alex Hales bowling by Nathan McAndrew

Dawid Malan smashed four fours and six in his 42 from just 28 balls before he was caught by McAndrew bowling at Tanveer Sangha

Ben McDermott was the star of the night, crushing eight fours and five towering sixes in a superb 96 out of just 56 balls before being caught by Oliver Davies to give Sangha his second

Hurricanes skipper Peter Handscomb quit the job at 21 and Tim David at 7 to lead Hobart to a big two overs win

It was McDermott’s night, however, and the Hurricanes can thank him for keeping their hopes of the final alive with three games left

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Sydney Thunder XI: Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha

Hobart Hurricanes XI: D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (week), Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb (c), Will Jacks, Tim David, Mitchell Owen, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith and Sandeep Lamichhane X- Factor Subs: Mac Wright, Nick Winter

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