Hobart Hurricanes mauled the Melbourne Stars away at the MCG by 59 runs, with six wins from seven BBL games.
The Stars collapsed to be all out for 126 in the 18th over, chasing a mammoth 186 for victory set by the Hurricanes.
Short blasted four sixes and eight fours in his 57-ball 96.
Short and Wade finished the power play at 40 without any loss.
They raced to 95 during the 12th over before Wade was caught Dunk off the bowling of O'Connell for his 41 off 38 balls that included just one boundary and one six.
The only other Hurricanes wicket to fall was debutant Jake Doran caught and bowled Bowe for seven off eight balls.
Ben McDermott also launched into the Stars bowling alongside Short making a quick-fire 27 not out from 19 balls including two huge sixes.
Hobart Hurricanes ended up with a massive 185 on board.
In reply, the Hurricanes took regular wickets as the desperate Stars top-order batsmen tried to keep pace with the mounting run rate, chasing a challenging 186 for victory which could easily have been 200 plus.
Gulbis was dismissed early in the second over for just four off five balls, clean bowled by the veteran Johan Botha leaving the Stars at 1-5.
Botha featured again in the second wicket catching Nick Larkin for 16 from 13 balls off the express pace bowling of Riley Meredith in the fifth over, just as Larkin’s 35-run partnership with Dunk was getting dangerous.
Dunk departed soon after, bowled by D’Arcy Short, for a rapid-fire 20 from 15 balls leaving the Stars in peril at 3-45 at the seventh over.
Stars skipper Nic Maddinson was adjudged LBW after a brief innings of six from seven balls.
Seb Gotch and Dwayne Bravo steadied the ship momentarily with a 43-run partnership before Meredith struck – Bravo caught Jofra Archer for 19 off 16 balls.
The Stars were finally dismissed for 126 – 60 runs short of victory, with Riley Meredith the best Hurricanes bowler taking 4-21 (4.0 overs) followed by Johan Botha with 2-21.