D’Arcy Short hammered the highest-ever BBL score to power Hobart’s innings of 4-179 in their clash against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Wednesday night.
Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls – including eight sixes and eight fours – as he also passed 400 runs for the tournament so far.
His century was the first of the BBL season, but the Heat will still fancy their chances in batting-friendly conditions.
The form batsman of the competition, Short was the only Hurricane to get going to give the visitors a strong chance of a fourth-straight win.
Short brought up his hundred with a six in the 19th over then hit three consecutive sixes in the final over off Mark Steketee to swing the game in Hobart’s favour.
The left-hander targeted the Gabba’s square boundaries, slicing fast bowler Ben Doggett over point for six and somehow sweeping the leg-spin of Mitch Swepson over the fine leg boundary.
The Northern Territory product skied a chance soon after passing 50, but Joe Burns couldn’t hang on to it and Short’s rhythm duly returned.
The innings put Short back at the top of the BBL’s run-scorers and six-hitters list, following knocks of 42, 96 and 97 in the last three games.
Ben Cutting was one of the Heat’s best with the ball, finishing with 2-27 and only three boundaries hit across his four overs.