The Hobart Hurricanes have trounced the Sydney Thunder by five wickets and 23 balls left in the match but the result has been overshadowed by some pushing a shoving between David Warner and Matthew Wade.
The Thunder were bowled out for 135 with the final ball of the innings but looked to have bounced back strongly, leaving the Hurricanes 3/20.
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It could have been even worse for Hobart when Ollie Davies dropped Matthew Wade when the Hurricanes skipper was on just three.
The drop turned the game as Wade and Tim David went on to score a 79-run stand and take the game out of the Thunder’s hands.
But the match got spiteful at the 10 over mark.
The Hurricanes had accelerated to reach 3/98 by that time but Thunder skipper Chris Green and Wade began jawing at each other.
Sideline reporter Molly Strano said she believed it was about the ball before the break when Wade pulled out with something in his eye as Green was running in to bowl.
After the drink, Wade approached Warner, as the Test great pushed the Hurricanes skipper away.
‘That was inappropriate,” Kerry O’Keeffe said on Fox Cricket. “I don’t know what went on between them there. Was it jocular?
“They’ve been long-term teammates for Australia. Their history goes back a long way as buddies.
“It was unsavoury, you can’t have contact like that. Whether they were half-joking, I don’t know. The body language suggested not, there was an issue out there.”
Wade was dismissed three balls after the return from the break, caught in the outfield.
Speaking on field to Channel 7 about the drama, Warner said he wasn’t about to stand down against Wade.
“I’m picking my battle — he is smaller, I will take him on,” Warner joked.
“Actually, I don’t know, honestly I don’t know. It was something between these two, I don’t know if it’s history or not. But honestly I’ve got no idea what it was.
“I don’t know what that last ball was, I’m not sure if Wadey said something or Greeny said something. I can’t work it out. Just trying to settle him down. He’s just like a little barking dog.
“I was trying to be the peace keeper there for once. They kept going. I don’t know one was saying ‘you stay out of it, it’s not your business.’ The other was saying ‘I can say what I want’.
“If there’s been a stoush before I know Wadey is not going to back down.”
David brought the Hurricanes home to the win, smashing a 41-ball 76, including six sixes, the last of which ended the game and went out of the stadium.
Asked about the issue in the middle, David said there was nothing much to it.
“We know Wadey loves getting into the contest and being a bit feisty — Greeny was winding him up,” David explained. “They were suggesting I was going to get run out again. I was just out there trying to defuse it. They were just going at each other a little bit. It was pretty friendly to be honest.
“Everyone plays against each other so much so if it got a little bit further than that there’s no point.”
Wade had a chat with Green and shook hands with Warner after the match, but it may not be the last we hear of the drama as the commentators seemed convinced it was heading to the match referee.
It was an entertaining match otherwise as the Hurricanes’ Nathan Ellis took a hat-trick 10 overs apart after he took a wicket with the last ball of the fourth over, dismissing Matthew Gilkes LBW, and then dismissed Ollie Davis and Nathan McAndrew with the first two balls of the 15th over.
He finished with 4/27 off his four overs.
The Thunder’s Daniel Sams also took 4/18 off his four overs but couldn’t help his team over the line.