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O'Keefe takes heart from Sixers close loss

Sydney Sixers' spinner Steve O'Keefe says his Big Bash League team can take positives from their nail-biting loss to the Hobart Hurricanes.

O'Keefe takes heart from Sixers close loss

Sydney Sixers' spinner Steve O'Keefe says his Big Bash League team can take positives from their nail-biting loss to the Hobart Hurricanes.

Far from kicking stones, Sydney Sixers tweaker Steve O'Keefe reckons his side should take plenty of positives from their final-over Big Bash League loss to the Hobart Hurricanes.

The Sixers went down to the ladder-leading - and still undefeated - Hurricanes on Friday night at Bellerive Oval by five-wickets.


After being set 162 to win, the Hurricanes chased it down with a ball to spare, set up by a D'Arcy Short half century.

"In all aspects we could have done a little bit better. If we're being honest we were 10-15 short with the bat," O'Keefe, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, said.

"But in saying that we pushed the team at the top of the ladder right until the very end - the last over - and we haven't played our best cricket."

Daniel Hughes top scored for the Sixers with 61 from 40 balls in their total of 8-161, while captain Moises Henriques looked in good touch before being run out on 31 by a piece of brilliance from Short.

England paceman Tom Curran (1-22) continued his good form and went at less than a run a ball, while Sean Abbott produced a pinpoint leg-stump yorker to get rid of Short.

"We've got a lot of positives. Compared to 12 months ago we wouldn't have even got close (to Hobart)," O'Keefe said.

"The guys are showing a lot of resilience and a lot of fight."

The Sixers had a horror start to last season's BBL, losing their first six before storming home with four straight, narrowly missing the finals.

This year they're three-from-three after six matches - a decent platform in a lengthened tournament.

"I think we're growing into this tournament and the guys are getting better," O'Keefe said.

"Our goal is to finish in that top four and give ourselves a shot. At the moment we're three-and-three. If you'd said that at the start, we'd probably take it."

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