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Siddle's five sets up Strikers win

15 December 2020

Strikers veteran Peter Siddle is showing no signs of slowing down, taking career-best figures to lead his side to a comfortable BBL win over Hobart Hurricanes.

The 36-year-old claimed 5-16 from 3.3 overs on a seam-friendly deck in Launceston on Tuesday night to help roll the Hurricanes for 146.

Strikers' opener Jake Weatherald then guided the chase with an unbeaten 68 from 48 as Adelaide registered a five-wicket win, their first of the summer.

Adelaide were wobbling at 2-9 but Weatherald knocked off a big chunk of the runs alongside the steady hand of returning skipper Alex Carey (55).

Siddle earlier took the new ball and had Hurricanes' linchpin D'Arcy Short caught behind for just two before returning late to run through the lower order.

After being sent in, Hobart fell to 3-20 before Ben McDermott and South African import Colin Ingram launched a mini-recovery.

Fresh off a century for Australia A against India in the pink-ball tour game, McDermott hit 46 from 33, while Ingram scored 46 from 35.

Wes Agar (2-28) removed the dangerous Ingram in the 16th over as the Hurricanes were looking to launch, clearing a path to have Hobart all out in the final over when Siddle clean bowled Riley Meredith.

For the first time under new rules introduced this season, both teams used their x-factor substitute players at the 10-over mark.

The Hurricanes, down 3-70 at the time, opted to bolster their batting by replacing spinner Johan Botha with Mac Wright. However, Wright didn't have the desired impact, becoming one of Siddle's victims for 15.

Spinner Danny Briggs was the unlucky one for the Strikers, as he was replaced in the game by Matt Short. 

Under the new rule, teams can bring in one of two reserves into their XI, provided they haven't batted or bowled more than one over.

The Strikers now have a win and a loss from their opening fixtures and will next take to the field on Sunday morning against Sydney Sixers, with first ball scheduled for 10.40am ACDT.