Hobart Hurricanes cricket team
Hobart Hurricanes continue their unbeaten run (Credit: BBL)

Hobart Hurricanes consolidated their position at the top of the Big Bash League points table after a facile win against Perth Scorchers at the Aurora Stadium in Launceston on Sunday.

After opting to field, Hurricanes limited Scorchers to 107/8 and made 110/4 in a six-wicket win – their fourth straight win of the season.

Scorchers made a disastrous start to their innings losing four wickets in four overs. James Faulkner struck with the very first delivery of the match when he trapped opener William Bosisto for a duck. Clive Rose then removed Michael Klinger in the third over. Riley Meredith then left them reeling with a double-wicket over that included the scalp of captain Ashton Turner (4) and the returning Cameron Bancroft (2). Returning after a nine-month ban for his role in ball tampering scandal, Bancroft received a cold reception with section of crowd booing him.

He failed to make an instant impact, lasting just three deliveries.

At 19/4, Scorchers were in all sorts of trouble but Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Agar arrested the slide. The duo added 45 runs for the fifth wicket before Cartwright was dismissed for 29 by D’Arcy Short. Agar was the top-scorer of the innings. Hitting 32 off 37 and became Short’s second victim. Nathan Coulter-Nile attempted to give the final total some decency, hitting a four and two sixes. He was out off the last delivery of the innings on 20 off 14. Merdith finished with 3/15 while Faulkner and Short chipped in with a couple of wickets each.

Hurricanes began on a solid ground with the openers stitching a 50-run partnership. Jhye Richardson gave his team their first breakthrough when he had captain Matthew Wade out caught behind for 24. D’Arcy Short contributed with 34 off 33 before two quick wickets dented their progress. But Alex Doolan struck six fours in his unbeaten 41 off 36 to drive Hurricanes home with 15 deliveries to spare.

Brief Scores: Hobart Hurricanes 110/4 (Alex Doolan 41*; Ashton Agar 2/19) beat Perth Scorchers 107/8 (Ashton Agar 32; Riley Meredith 3/15) by six wickets