Watch Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder BBL finals live and free
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder gets this year's BBL finals series underway with a knockout match first up called "The Eliminator".
The Thunder are the first team to benefit from the BBL's new five-team finals system. Scraping into fifth place after their final-round victory over Perth Scorchers, they head to Hobart for a one-game elimination: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder.
The Tasmanian side finished with an identical 6 wins, 7 losses and 1 no result as the Thunder. Hobart finished one spot higher due to a superior run rate. The Hurricanes' three straight wins to end the regular season included a victory over the Thunder.
When is the Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder finals match?
The opening match in the bid for this year's BBL crown gets underway at 7:40pm AEDT on Thursday 30 January at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. The Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers is on the schedule the following night.
How to watch Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder finals match live
This match is being broadcast on both Channel 7 and Fox Cricket. So you can tune in via free-to-air television, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. We have put together a full guide to the BBL|09 season, which you can see here.
Watch the Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder finals match on free-to-air
While Channel 7 opted not to show all matches of BBL|09, it is showing the entire finals series. Its coverage of "The Eliminator" commences at 7:30pm AEDT on both its main and HD channels. It is unable to show the any matches on 7Plus. So if you're out you'll need a subscription service for Hurricanes vs Thunder.
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How do the BBL finals work?
Borrowing slightly from the finals format used in the AFL and rugby league in Australia, the BBL play-off system was tweaked for its ninth season.
Five teams make the finals instead of four. There is greater reward for the teams that finish in the top two. This season, that was the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers. They meet in "The Qualifier", with the winner to earn a break and host the final.
As seen above, the teams finishing fourth and fifth face off in "The Eliminator". The loser of that is finished for the season and the winner moves on to "The Knockout" against the third-ranked team, the Adelaide Strikers.
The winner of "The Knockout" takes on the loser of "The Qualifier" for the second spot in the final. This match has a name too, of course: "The Challenger".
History of Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder
These sides have met 12 times in BBL history and it's a strong 8-4 edge to the Tasmanians. Hobart won the first 5 straight clashes with the Thunder and also took out the most recent match-up between the teams on 24 January in Hobart.
Who will win Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder?
The Hurricanes have all the momentum, with home-ground advantage and test batsman Matt Wade coming off a huge knock with the bat. If they can see off Sydney Thunder's new BBL record wicket-taker in a season, Daniel Sams they should get home.
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