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Match Report: Strikers v Hurricanes

13 December 2020

D'Arcy Short has cracked an explosive half-century to spearhead the Hobart Hurricanes to an 11-run victory over a fast-finishing Adelaide Strikers.

Coming off a first-ball duck in Hobart's season opening win over the Sixers, Short bounced back with 72 from 48 balls against the Strikers after being dropped in the deep on 23. 

Wes Agar was the pick of the bowlers for Adelaide, finishing with 2/28 from his four overs. Hobart looked destined for a total around the 200 mark in the early stages, but the Strikers managed to put the brakes on by taking 4/12 in a three over span, restricting the chase to 175. 

With the top order unable to get going, the Strikers fell to 9-102 in the 15th over before tail-enders Daniel Worrall and English import Danny Briggs combined to give Adelaide an outside chance. 

No.8 Worrall (62 from 39) and No. 11 Briggs (35 from 18) got the chase down to 18 off the final over, but Hobart veteran Scott Boland was able to concede just five runs as the Strikers pair finished unbeaten and holding the record for the highest 10th wicket partnership in Strikers history. 

For Hobart, speedster Riley Meredith took 2-30 and pulled off a spectacular soccer-style run-out to dismiss Ryan Gibson, while James Faulkner bowled beautifully to claim three scalps.  

After being sent in by Strikers skipper Peter Siddle at Blundstone Arena, Short shared a 63-run opening partnership with Englishman Will Jacks (34 from 25). Short eventualy fell in the 15th over to Agar, caught by Worrall at full-stretch.

It wasn't the best pluck of the day however, with the always electric Rashid Khan taking a classic on the boundary to see the back of former Striker Colin Ingram. Reeling it in just millimetres inside the rope, the spinner did his best to keep his footing but was unable to stay inside the field of play. Tossing it up perfectly, Rashid cleverly hopped back into fair territory to complete the grab. 

Despite the late flurry from Worrall and Briggs, the Hurricanes were simply too good for the Strikers today. The two sides will meet again on Tuesday evening, with Adelaide's battling lineup needing to find a way to get their side off to a stronger start. 

Worrall, speaking after the game, said the Strikers will improve after their tournament-opener fixture.  

"Unfortunately we couldn't get it done but we'll take some lessons into the rest of the tournament.

I think so early in the tournament it's about ironing out all the little things that can happen with teams who have just come together. It's a long tournament and we have a lot of potential in all facets that we will build upon to be ready to win in February."

Fans can tune into Tuesday's game live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports, with the first delivery scheduled for 6.45pm ACDT. 

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Adelaide Strikers Men

Hobart Hurricanes Men