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Match Report: Strikers v Hurricanes

06 January 2022

A five-wicket haul from skipper Peter Siddle, combined with a blistering knock from opener Matt Short, has seen Adelaide Strikers defeat Hobart Hurricanes to record their second win of BBL|11.

Leaping two places in the standings, and now just one point outside a Finals berth, the dominant seven-wicket triumph is a timely one for the Strikers that has the potential to springboard them into a late-season rally.

Choosing to bowl first, the Strikers got off to a great start as Harry Conway marked his maiden appearance in the tournament with a wicket on his third delivery, removing the dangerous Matthew Wade. Siddle then got the vital wicket of in-form Ben McDermott, and from there it was all Adelaide.

A mix-up between the wickets saw the dismissal of Peter Handscomb followed by a double strike from Rashid Khan that saw the runs completely dry up for the visitors. In the final overs of the innings, Siddle took both the ball and control of the game as he ripped through the lower order to finish with the remarkable figures of 5/23 as the Hurricanes were restricted to just 126.

Matt Short, who also took the key wicket of D’Arcy Short, then opened and closed the Strikers response, belting an unbeaten 72 from 44 deliveries to ensure the home crowd has plenty to cheer about on a chilly Adelaide evening.

Well supported by Henry Hunt, Matt Renshaw and Jon Wells, Short was simply devastating throughout as he sent the ball into the crowd five times and into the rope four.

The seven-wicket victory is the Strikers most complete performance of the tournament so far, and perhaps a sign that things may be coming together at just the right time, with five games still to play.

Friday night sees the next contest at Adelaide Oval, with the Strikers taking on Melbourne Stars from 6.45pm. Tickets are currently available by clicking here.