Hobart: Nooked on the eastern coast of the Hobart, Blundstone Arena also known as Bellerive Oval witnessed a classic thriller. Onlooked by the home crowd, the Hurricanes defeated the Strikers in one of the best matches in BBL12.
Strikers won the toss and decided to bat first. After the initial setback after the dismissal of centurion Henry Hunt, the Strikers played powerfully. Matt Short partnered with Chris Lynn and made impressive moves till the former was dismissed in the 10th over. Chris Lynn, a stalwart in the league amassed 87 off 58 balls to top score for the BBL08 Champions. His innings included 3 over the ropes and 9 fours.
Colin de Grandhomme assisted in a quickfire 30 off 18 balls in the death, thus pushing to a target of 178. Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith, and Matt Owen picked up one each. Nathan Ellis dismissed Matt Short and de Grandhomme.
Hurricanes began on an explosive note. Caleb Jewell and Ben Mcdermott went crazy in the powerplay by scoring 68 off 6 overs. Adelaide tried five different bowlers, none safe from the Canes’ wrath. Caleb Jewell cemented the chances for a dynamic victory as he hit a half-century in just 25 balls. Just balls later his magnificent fifty, captain Peter Siddle plundered the stumps with a yorker at 136 kph. Nevertheless, the Canes reached 100 runs before the halfway mark, thus gaining one step ahead of the Strikers.
Ben Mcdermott, who played it cool as Jewell struck left and right took charge as he belted Matt Short for successive boundaries the very next over. Soon after the drinks, Ben also made his fifty by slogging away Rashid Khan for a momentous six.
Strikers attempted to take hold of the game by taking out one-down Matthew Wade. When the captain departed, the Canes needed 62 off 54 balls. Soon enough, Wes Agar bowled the in-form Mcdermott to give Strikers a glimpse of hope.
D’Arcy Short and Tim David knocked slowly with some boundaries to keep them away from losing more wickets. They almost sealed the victory by exploding in the 17th over. The duo struck 22 runs off Wes Agar ending any chances of a Strikers’ win.
D’Arcy finished the innings by running a single on Harry Conway’s delivery by scooting it to the fine leg. Hurricanes thus win by 7 wickets with 16 balls to spare.
Hurricanes jumped places to finish at the BBL12 Points Table. On the other hand, Strikers remain in 4th position sharing an equal number of points with Canes and Gades. The Canes and the Strikers will meet at Adelaide Oval on Thursday for their next match.
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