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Strikers fall short in run-fest at Adelaide Oval

26 January 2020

The Strikers have fallen 10-runs short of the Hobart Hurricanes in a high-scoring Australia Day clash at Adelaide Oval on Sunday night.

Adelaide notched its highest BBL score ever (8/207) but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the Hurricanes, who sealed a finals spot off the back of a maiden Big Bash century to captain Matthew Wade.

Wade smoked 130 off 61 balls - the second-highest score in BBL history - to catapult the Hurricanes to an imposing 1/217.

Welshman Phil Salt hit a destructive 66 off 33 balls, his fourth half-century of the tournament, to get the reply rollicking after the early departure of Jake Weatherald (2).

Phil Salt goes big

Captain Travis Head overcame a slow start to post 47 before inside-edging Scott Boland onto his back leg and dislodging his off bail.

The Strikers gave it their all, smacking 10 sixes and 16 fours in what would’ve been the second-biggest run chase in competition history.

Travis Head smacks super six

But after Alex Carey (39) holed out in the penultimate over, the Strikers' task of 22 off the last over proved a bridge too far.

The Hurricanes will finish fourth or fifth, depending on the outcome of Monday's clash between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat.

The third-placed Strikers will host ‘The Knockout’ final at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, 1 February against the winner of the first ‘Eliminator’ final between 4th and 5th on the KFC BBL|09 table.

Tickets to the Strikers’ home final will be available on Tuesday, 28 January.