Match Preview: Strikers v Hurricanes

02 January 2017

The Strikers head to Tasmania to take on the Hobart Hurricanes buoyed by their fantastic victory on New Year’s Eve in front of a blockbuster crowd at the Adelaide Oval.

The 48-run win in front of 45,000 fans saw the Strikers open their account in BBL|06 and gain some valuable net run-rate in the process.

It is a crunch game for both teams who sit at one win from three matches. Both Adelaide and Hobart will be looking to square the ledger at 2-2 as they start to head in to the back-end of the tournament.

 

LAST TIME

Strikers v Hurricanes Match Highlights

In BBL|05 the Strikers and Hurricanes clashed at the Adelaide Oval in front of more than 49,000 Strikers’ fans.

Batting first the Hurricanes posted a respectable 143 as they were dismissed in the final over.  Tim Paine (45) was the best with the bat, while Michael Neser (3-26) ripped through the Hobart batting order for the home side.

It was a total that never looked like troubling the Strikers but some quality bowling from Milenko (3-25) restricted Adelaide to 4-140 from 19.5 overs – enter Jake Lehmann.

Facing his first ball in the BBL, Lehmann was tasked with hitting a boundary off the final ball for victory.

The son-of-a-gun was more than up to the task as he dispatched Milenko over the long-off fence to secure a famous victory and send the bumper Adelaide Oval crowd in to pandemonium.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

 

Billy Stanlake

Big Billy bowled with some real aggression and pace in the Strikers NYE victory over the Sydney Sixers.

His figures of 3-17 from 3.2 overs were the best of any Strikers’ bowler, and what will excite the fans and coaching staff the most is the fact he was bowling upwards of 150kph. Expect more of the same from the towering Queensland quick throughout the tournament.

 

DANGER MAN

 

Dan Christian

The hard-hitting all-rounder played a pivotal role in allowing the Hurricanes to reach 9-173 against the Heat.

Christian hit a couple of boundaries and a six as he top-scored with 33 from just 23 deliveries. Christian has the ability to change the game with either bat or ball and he is a player the Strikers will endeavour to keep quiet on Monday night.

Strikers 13-man squad

1. Brad Hodge (c)

2. Ben Dunk (wk)

3. Travis Head 

4. Chris Jordan

5. Ben Laughlin

6. Jake Lehmann

7. Michael Neser

8. Liam O'Connor

9. Kieron Pollard

10. Tom Andrews

11. Jono Dean

12. Billy Stanlake

13. Jake Weatherald 

 

Hurricanes 13-man squad


1. Tim Paine (c)

2. Dan Christian

3. Cam Boyce 

4. George Bailey

5. Stuart Broad

6. Hamish Kingston

7. Beau Webster

8. Clive Rose

9. Kumar Sangakarra 

10. D'Arcy Short

11. Shaun Tait

12. Jon Wells

13. Simon Milenko

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