Hobart Hurricanes’ D’Arcy Short drops Perth Scorchers’ Liam Livingstone


A replay of superstar D’Arcy Short spilling a dolly of a catch tells those who didn’t watch Tuesday night’s Big Bash League game everything they need to know about the Hobart Hurricanes’ ugly night in the west.

Short grassed a chance at backward point in the second over of the Scorchers’ chase, and making matters worse was the fact Perth’s Liam Livingstone was let off on the first ball of his innings and proceeded to rack up 54 runs off 39 balls.

Short’s blunder in the field wasn’t the difference in the match, as Hobart were slaughtered by nine wickets with 4.4 overs remaining, but the Hurricanes’ Perth Stadium defeat wouldn’t have been as heavy if the former Australia international had swallowed the chance.

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The Scorchers were 0-6 when Short coughed up the ball and reached their lowly target of 140 only 16.2 overs into their innings, with Englishmen Jason Roy (74 off 52) and Josh Inglis (seven off seven) steering the hosts home.

Australian cricket great Michael Hussey said Short had no excuse.

“That should have been taken,” Hussey said on Fox Cricket.

“That was straight to D’Arcy Short. Didn’t seem like it was coming that quickly either.”

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds joined in.

“It was a good, catchable height too – just below waist height, it looked like,” Symonds said.

“He’d be kicking himself.”

Livingstone bludgeoned four fours and four sixes, while Roy smashed eight fours and three sixes.

However, it must be noted Short crafted 54 runs from 47 balls in the Hurricanes’ innings with the bat, with the left-hander peeling off seven fours.

He hadn’t made a considerable score since his knock of 72 against the Adelaide Strikers early in the tournament, but on Tuesday night he made a convincing return to form with the blade.

The Scorchers are now sitting in third on the table and the Hurricanes in fifth.

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