Hobart Hurricanes opened their Big Bash account in triumphant fashion, defeating the Brisbane Heat by 15 runs.
D’Arcy Short picked up where he left off last season, blasting 67 runs from just 52 deliveries as Hobart posted 6-159 from a reduced 19 overs.
Hurricanes attacked the contest from the word go in the field, with four bowlers claiming multiple wickets as they bowled out the hosts after 18.4 overs.
Short blasted four boundaries and four sixes to claim the Player of the Match award, with his showing reassuring fans that he’ll again be a player to watch again this season.
Ben McDermott (25 off 16) and George Bailey (22 off 12 balls) provided support throughout the innings, with Simon Milenko’s final-ball six ensuring the visitors’ total was a defendable one.
A mix-up between openers Brendon McCullum and Max Bryant saw the former depart to a run-out in the second over, but Bryant looked to make up for it when he raced along to 30 from 15 deliveries.
Johan Botha put a stop to the damage, dismissing Bryant, and then Joe Burns, as the Hurricanes looked to gain the upper hand.
Ben Cutting then went to work for the Heat, clubbing 58 from just 32 deliveries, including two fours and five sixes. When he fell to Joffra Archer just seven deliveries after Riley Meredith skittled the stumps of Jimmy Peirson, it was left to Chris Lynn to carry the Heat’s hopes.
He eventually holed out to Doolan off James Faulkner, one of four catches Doolan would claim as the home side’s innings fell in a heap as the bowlers in purple ran riot in the final overs.