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Ethan James

Hobart stun Sixers in BBL season opener

Player-of-the-match Tim David has led the Hobart Hurricanes to a BBL win over the Sydney Sixers. (AAP)

Speedster Riley Meredith struck big blows as the Hobart Hurricanes claimed a 16-run victory over defending champions Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League opener on Thursday night.

Hobart's death bowling came to the fore at Blundstone Arena as they successfully defended 8-178 which looked slightly below par.

Meredith (2-29 off four overs) took two crucial scalps in the latter overs after Sixers import James Vince (67) appeared to have set up the chase.

Meredith, who at times clocked more than 150km/h, bowled Jack Edwards (47) in the 15th over.

He returned in the 18th over with Sydney needing 38 from 18 balls but conceded just four runs and had Daniel Hughes chopping on.

Vince top-scored for the Sixers, who were cruising at 1-118 in the 14th over when he fell to James Faulkner (2-22).

Colin Ingram made 55 to help the Hobart Hurricanes post 8-178 against the Sydney Sixers in the BBL. (AAP)

They finished on 6-162, losing wickets in each of the final three overs.

Earlier, Hobart fell to 2-4 after seven balls having been sent in, with linchpin opener D'Arcy Short falling for a golden duck.

South African import Colin Ingram and Singapore-born Tim David both hit half centuries to resurrect the innings.

David, who has represented his country of birth in 14 Twenty20 internationals, top scored with 58 off 33 balls and was named player of the match.

He shared a 40-run partnership with Ingram, who stabilised the innings at No.3 with 55 from 42 deliveries.

Hobart claimed three competition points for the win but Sydney picked up the bonus point for being ahead at the 10-over mark.

In the first match under three new rules, neither team opted for a mid-innings replacement player.

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