Ben McDermott is relishing the challenge of opening the batting after blasting his second career BBL century to fire the Hobart Hurricanes to a seven-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers.
Promoted to partner captain Matthew Wade at the top of the order last week, McDermott produced a second successive match-winning innings with an unbeaten 110 off just 60 balls at Blundstone Arena on Monday night.
The awesome knock featured five sixes and a dozen fours in a score of 3-176 as McDermott helped steer the Hurricanes past the victory target with nine balls to spare.
The 27-year-old right-hander's blistering innings backed up his 67 off 43 balls in a win over Melbourne Stars on Christmas Eve.
He is now averaging 75.33 from four BBL matches this season after belting a career-best 133 for Tasmania in their most recent one-dayer against Western Australia last month.
"It's a pretty special feeling, you can't really beat it," McDermott said after Monday night's performance.
"I enjoy finishing the innings for the team and winning games, so that's as good as it gets.
"I had a bit of luck. I nearly got run out twice ... but it's just one of those nights and you're going to take them when you get them.
"(Opening the batting) is challenging ... but tonight I got a few away and I'm really enjoying it.
"I feel like I'm hitting the ball really nicely, so it's nice to face as many balls as possible."
McDermott and D'Arcy Short both blasted sixes out of the ground as they took to a Strikers bowling line-up that suffered some damage in the field.
Peter Siddle copped a knock to the left thumb he broke last year and Wes Agar dislocated a finger on his right hand.
Both carried on and Siddle made an important breakthrough when was judged to have trapped Short lbw, ending his 81-run partnership with McDermott.
It completed a power surge in which the Hurricanes managed just 1-14 off Siddle and Rashid Khan, but the speed bump only seemed to spur on McDermott.
Earlier, Matt Renshaw (63 off 41) and Jake Weatherald (51 off 43) posted controlled half-centuries for Adelaide and some late hitting from Thomas Kelly (28 off 18) lifted the visitors to 5-175 after they won the flip and elected to bat.
But they managed just one six for their 20 overs, when Kelly hit Riley Meredith over the boundary in the 19th over.
Hurricanes quick Meredith (3-37, four overs) removed both Renshaw and Weatherald in an important contribution.
Back-to-back home wins have levelled the Hurricanes' season record at 3-3, lifting them to third on the table after a slow start.
Adelaide are at the other end with a 1-5 record on the back of four consecutive losses.
Australian Associated Press