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Mature Short breaks BBL batting record

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D’Arcy Short has broken another record as he continues his stellar Big Bash League campaign.

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The Hobart Hurricanes’ 27-year-old hit a measured 59 to guide his side to a six-wicket win over Brisbane Heat at Bellerive Oval on Monday night.

He now has 465 runs to his name from seven matches in 2017/18, surpassing Shaun Marsh’s mark of 412 from nine matches set four seasons ago.

Short should have three more regular season fixtures to add to that tally, plus potential finals.

It’s the Northern Territory native’s second BBL record in the space of a week after he creamed an unbeaten 122 – the highest score in the tournament’s history – last Wednesday against the Heat at the Gabba.

Skipper George Bailey said Short’s game was quickly maturing, though his sense of humour appears unchanged.

“He sat down next to me shocked, he reckons that’s his highest score without hitting a six. So, he reckons he’s lost it,” Bailey joked after the match of Short’s 49-ball innings, which included eight fours but no maximums.

“(But) he’s just confident in his game. He’s really clear on what he needs to do.”

Short played an anchor role, as veteran allrounder Dan Christian (23 from nine) and Ben McDermott (32 from 19) hit cameos.

He also chipped in with wrist spin, claiming the crucial wicket of Joe Burns for 38 in the seventh over as the Heat innings spluttered to 8-165 after they won the toss and batted first.

Bailey said the victory, in which all six bowlers took at least one wicket, was Hobart’s most complete performance of the season.

The Hurricanes are third on the ladder having won their last five matches but face tough road trips against second-placed Adelaide Strikers and leaders Perth Scorchers over the next five days.

“Everyone will have their thoughts on where we should finish but our external expectations are reasonably high,” Bailey said.

“We’re on a nice little roll. But it’s cut-throat. It can change pretty quickly.

“They’re the two best teams, it’ll show us where we’re at.”

– AAP

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