Short blows Heat away for Hurricanes
D'ARCY did it again.
Hurricanes ace D'Arcy Short has two hands on an Australian Twenty20 debut after taking a hammer to the Brisbane Heat's Big Bash League finals hopes.
Short fired in frosty Hobart as the Hurricanes cruised to a six-wicket win against the battling Heat.
The Heat have now dropped out of the BBL top four and face the prospect of having to win their remaining two matches to have any chance of qualifying for the finals.
And it was the man that clobbered them all over the Gabba last week that did the damage again.
Short's 59 (49 balls) saw him set a new record for the most runs in a single BBL season, eclipsing the 412 scored by Shaun Marsh five years ago.
The Hurricanes opener has scored 465 runs in seven matches at an average of 77.5, including scores of 122 not out, 96 and 97.
Short took a liking to the Heat at the Gabba last week with a sensational unbeaten century and he was Brisbane's nemesis again last night as Hobart ran down the Heat's total of 8-165 with 10 balls to spare.
The 27-year-old has now presented an irresistible case for a national call-up in Australia's upcoming T20 series against England and New Zealand and thrust Hobart into BBL title contention.
"I'd be over the moon," Short said of being picked for Australia. "It would mean everything."
After losing opener Sam Heazlett (5) early, Joe Burns raced to 38 (24 balls) before being caught in the deep with Brisbane 2-65.
Brisbane were cruising at 3-112 when skipper Brendon McCullum (51 from 38) succumb to a slower ball from Tymal Mills and from there the Heat stumbled.
Ben Cutting (30 from 26) slowed right down before being run out and Brisbane's last recognised batsman, Jimmy Peirson, fell in the penultimate over for 16 (12 balls), leaving the Heat 20 runs short of a competitive total.
Burns struck in the first over of Hobart's innings to dismiss Alex Doolan but the Heat struggled to get on top of the Hurricanes, mostly due to Short's brilliance.
The Hurricanes slowed down after Short was caught in the 15th over but looked comfortable chasing a par score.
The Heat face the resurgent Sixers in Sydney on Thursday before finishing the regular season against the Renegades at the Gabba on Saturday week.
With star batsman Chris Lynn unlikely to return from a calf injury, Brisbane's title chances are fading fast.