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Match Report: Strikers v Hurricanes

28 December 2021

An unbeaten century from Hobart Hurricanes opening batter Ben McDermott has resigned Adelaide Strikers to a defeat on the southern isle in a high-scoring affair.

Finishing his knock as it began, McDermott began the 19th over with a towering six to bring up three figures and followed it up with a four to seal victory for the home side in their pursuit of Adelaide’s 5/175. The individual effort, highlighted by 14 fours and five maximums, proved too much for the Strikers as the Hurricanes emerged seven-wicket victors.

Playing is his 50th game as a Striker, skipper Peter Siddle won the bat flip to begin proceedings, informing opposition captain Matthew Wade that Adelaide would be setting a total for his side to chase at Blundstone Arena.

Entering the game as the Strikers leading run-scorer in BBL|11, Matt Short fell to speedster Tom Rogers in the second over of the contest, bringing Matt Renshaw to the middle in partnership with Jake Weatherald.

Finding the middle with ease from ball one, Renshaw oozed class as he took charge in the chase for runs. Particularly strong off his legs, the left-hander also punished any width with a flashing blade that marked the ball for an express journey to the boundary rope.

More circumspect as he built an innings, Weatherald looked to unleash once set, particularly once the Power Surge was taken following the midway point of the innings. The duo brought up their 100-run partnership from just 68 deliveries, going on to combine for 117 before both fell in quick succession to Riley Meredith.

Cameo performances were called for from Jon Wells and Thomas Kelly, and both obliged to the tune of a combined 45 runs from 31 balls to get the Strikers total to 5/175 from their 20 overs.

English international George Garton claimed the vital wicket of Matthew Wade in just the second over, but the joy was short-lived as McDermott and explosive hitter D’Arcy Short joined forces to belt 81 runs at a rapid rate which both put the Hurricanes in the box seat for a win and claimed the Bash Boost Point with time to spare.

A full delivery targeted at the base of middle stump from Siddle signalled the end of the partnership as Short departed LBW, and when Rashid Khan then delivered the same fate to Harry Brook, Adelaide appeared to have turned the tide.

Unfortunately for the visitors, McDermott had other plans. Unleashing in the late overs, the 27-year-old brutally ended the game with nine balls to spare, finishing with a strike rate of over 180.

The Strikers now turn their attention to the traditional Adelaide Oval New Year’s Eve game, this year against Sydney Thunder. Tickets are available now by clicking here.