Wade concedes BBL Hurricanes outplayed

Ethan James
Matthew Wade admits Hobart Hurricanes had no excuses for the their BBL finals defeat

They rode a red-hot run of form into the BBL finals series but Hobart Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade admits his side fell flat when it counted.

Hobart won three straight and had a host of results fall their way to finish fourth and secure a home elimination final at Bellerive Oval.

But their season ended there on Thursday night at the hands of Sydney Thunder.

"We got outplayed, simple as that. Can't look at it any other way," Wade said of the 57-run loss.

The Thunder posted 5-197, with Hobart's chase stumbling when guns Wade (14) and D'Arcy Short (37) were out inside the first seven overs.

"We just didn't get off to the start we wanted," Wade said.

"We weren't quite at our best with bat or ball, or in the field. We got outplayed in all three facets of the game.

"It was disappointing to bow out that way. We got some good momentum but just couldn't put it together."

Wade said he was proud of Hobart for bouncing back from a poor start to the summer to make the finals.

One shining light for the Hurricanes has been quick Nathan Ellis, who has cemented himself as a key death bowler.

On a night when his teammates were clobbered for more than 10 runs an over combined, Ellis finished with 4-18 from four overs and didn't concede a boundary.

He went for just 13 runs across the third-last and final over.

"It's remarkable his figures and the way he's been able to execute time and time again," Wade said.

"He's certainly someone we found from nowhere. He'll play a lot more white ball cricket for Tassie and he's got the potential to play red-ball as well."