Faulkner advances to BBL finals, Livingstone out
Hobart Hurricanes finished fourth while Perth Scorchers narrowly missed out on qualification following defeat to Sydney Thunder
Overseas all-rounder James Faulkner will head to Australia's Big Bash League finals after Hobart Hurricanes won their final group game against Adelaide Strikers yesterday (26 January).
But Liam Livingstone and Perth Scorchers are out after suffering defeat at the hands of Sydney Thunder, who advanced at their expense.
With play-off places available for the top five sides, the Scorchers' loss left a nervous wait as they relied on other results, including needing the Strikers to beat Faulkner's Hurricanes.
But they put on a show in Adelaide, buoyed by Matthew Wade's unbeaten 130 to make 217/1 before running out winners by 10 runs; Faulkner finished with 1/35 off four overs, taking the key wicket of wicketkeeper Alex Carey in the penultimate over to all-but end the chase.
That handed the Hurricanes fourth spot, meaning they will need to win three games to make it all the way to the BBL09 final.
First they take on the Thunder in an 'eliminator' match, with the winner going on to face Adelaide Strikers in the 'knockout' fixture. The victor from that match then takes on the loser of first vs second, Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers, for the final spot in the final.
It was disappointment for Livingstone and the Scorchers, who fell to defeat at the Thunder in a rain-affected encounter in the Australian capital.
Put into bat on a sluggish pitch, Livingstone was only able to make 20 from 27 balls as the Scorchers reached 99/4 at the 15 over mark before the rain arrived.
The Thunder's target was 96 from 12 overs and was heading to the wire with 12 needed from the last over, but some brutal hitting from South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris closed out the game with two balls to spare.
Livingstone finishes the tournament with a highly impressive 425-run haul with four half centuries and an average of over 30. He also scored 27 sixes, the most of any player at the end of the group stages.
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