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Match Preview: Strikers V Hurricanes

26 January 2020

The Hobart Hurricanes will finish their regular season with a stern test – taking on the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval tonight. After a dominant win over the Sydney Thunder on Friday night in Hobart, a win would all-but guarantee the Hurricanes a KFC BBL|09 finals berth. If the Hurricanes were to lose against the Strikers, the Thunder and Heat would need to go winless in their remaining games to guarantee finals qualification.

Hurricanes Head Coach Adam Griffith has named an unchanged 13-man squad for the Adelaide trip.

Last time we met...

BBL|09 – Match 43 – 19 January 2020

An unbeaten 90 from South African star David Miller wasn’t enough, as the Hurricanes fell 10 runs short against the Strikers in Launceston.

Travis Head’s 79 off 40 balls anchored the Strikers innings, while Jon Wells (45* off 35) and Matt Short (33 off 20) lifted the total to 5/186.

Scott Boland took the key wickets of Jake Weatherald and Philip Salt to finish with figures of 2/26, while Jake Doran (28) and Ben McDermott (31) made solid contributions with bat in hand.

The match-up...

Ben McDermott v Peter Siddle

Siddle has shone for the Strikers this season, with his experience as a ‘death’ bowler key to his team’s success.

Ben McDermott is coming off consecutive 30s for the Hurricanes and has played a slightly different role to what he’s accustomed too. Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith has used McDermott as a late-inning gamechanger, coming in at five or six and making an impact in the last six or seven overs.

With Siddle’s quality and McDermott’s recent form, this will be a battle to keep your eyes on.

The burning question...

Can the Hurricanes pass one of the BBL’s toughest tests?

A victory tonight takes away so many other variables for the Hurricanes in the run towards finals. Standing in their way is the Adelaide Strikers, who have won four consecutive games and possess some game-changing talent. The Strikers have the double-chance at stake, with a win guaranteeing them second place after the regular season.

It’s a big game for...

David Miller

The South African had his best BBL game by far against the Strikers in Launceston, belting an unbeaten 90 from 48 deliveries. Miller is a match-winner, and a big innings tonight would go a long way to a Hurricanes victory – and more importantly – finals qualification.