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Match report: Hurricanes v Strikers

27 December 2021

Fresh of an excellent win against the Stars, the Hurricanes had a chance to consolidate their position in the top four against the Adelaide Strikers in another home fixture at Blundstone Arena.

Both sides proudly donned their indigenous kits for the tie, with the Hurricanes wearing a design created by palawa woman, Sharnie Read.

The Strikers won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that seemed easy given the conditions. However the ‘Canes managed to strike an early blow, with the in-form Tom Rogers trapping Matt Short LBW on two in the second over.

Unfortunately for the purple army, the Strikers steadied well after the early blow, with Jake Weatherald and Matt Renshaw digging in well to frustrate the bowlers. A couple of expensive overs before the drinks break saw Adelaide well placed at 1-79, and the Hurricanes in need of a second wicket.

The visiting side continued to press forward after drinks before Riley Meredith finally made the critical breakthrough, breaking the excellent partnership built between Weatherald and Renshaw by removing Weatherald on 51 via a catch in the deep. Three balls later, Meredith had Renshaw walking back to the dugouts on 63 via the same dismissal, breaking the Adelaide momentum and leaving the visitors 3-130 with five overs to play.

The Strikers progress began to stall and the boundaries dried up – and Meredith struck again to remove Jonathon Wells with help from a brilliant catch from Ben McDermott. Nathan Ellis got in on the party in the final over, dismissing Thomas Kelly for a steady 28, leaving the Strikers 5-175 at the break; a very solid score that ensured an exciting run chase.

The ‘Canes were dealt an early blow when skipper Matthew Wade departed for six in the second over, bringing D’Arcy Short to the crease early to join Ben McDermott. From there though, it was one way traffic until the drinks break as McDermott continued his rich vein of form with the bat.

The powerful star took to the Strikers bowlers at a strike rate of over 140, striking seven boundaries to reach 44 at the interval, and was ably supported by Short who went at a run a ball (including a cracking 6 out of the stadium) to help guide the Hurricanes to 1-82 at the break.

McDermott continued his onslaught after the break in play, but the ‘Canes were dealt a blow when Short fell LBW to Peter Siddle on 37, with the Hurricanes now 2-100.

Harry Brook joined McDermott, who bombed Rashid Khan for 6 over mid-wicket to bring the crowd into a frenzy. When Brook departed on six, Tim David joined McDermott who was in no mood to slow down, and with four overs to play the ‘Canes needed 43 runs.

McDermott bombed Garton for 6 to bring the required run rate down, and Tim David was next to find the rope as ‘Canes fans began to believe in a thrilling win. McDermott took 13 off Peter Siddle’s next over, hitting three boundaries and leaving the ‘Canes needing just 13 runs to win from 12 balls.

McDermott wasted no time, smashing Wes Agar for 6 to bring up a thrilling century, an innings that single-handedly lifted his side into a position to win the game, with barely a false stroke. Another four to McDermott and the Hurricanes could taste victory, and a well run two confirmed the win with nine balls to spare.

McDermott finished on an unbeaten 110* off just 60 balls – including 12 fours, five sixes and a strike rate of 183. David finished beside him on six not out as the Hurricanes treated the home crowd to a seven-wicket win on 3-176, and firming the ‘Canes as a genuine contender in BBL|11.


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Adelaide Strikers Men

Hobart Hurricanes Men