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Short goes long to hammer Strikers

02 January 2017

Dan Christian takes five wickets but rookie opener is the hero as Hobart cruise to victory over Adelaide

The match in a tweet: Strikers feel the Paine as Short goes long! Christian's five sets up Hobart's big win before openers hammer Adelaide

The score: Adelaide Strikers 143 (Hodge 55, Christian 5-14) lost to Hobart Hurricanes 2-144 (Short 60, Paine 41) by eight wickets with 14 balls to spare

The hero: D'Arcy Short's brilliant introduction into BBL cricket continued tonight, the left-hander clubbing 60 from just 39 balls as Hobart cruised to victory in their run chase. The Northern Territory-born opener slammed seven fours and three sixes in a 105-run partnership with skipper Tim Paine, including a monster six onto the roof off the bowling of Michael Neser.

Hurricane Short goes big at Blundstone

The six: Speaking of which, sit back and enjoy this monster. As Damien Fleming said in commentary, there's nothing Short about this one.

Short hits long six onto the roof at Blundstone

The figures: With three wickets in the final over of the innings, Dan Christian picked up a five-wicket haul and the second-best figures in BBL history. Remarkably, the allrounder hadn't bowled a single delivery in the tournament before tonight, but was brought on in the third over and then returned late on to clean up the tail and finish with 5-14. It's the second five-wicket haul of BBL|06 after Sean Abbott on New Year's Eve, but the pair are still behind Lasith Malinga's stunning figures of 6-7 for the Melbourne Stars four years ago.

Christian bags second-best figures ever

The support cast: Tim Paine is out of favour in Sheffield Shield cricket, but he's been in fine form in the BBL so far this season. The right-hander added a steady 41 from 42 balls tonight as Short went on the attack, moving the keeper-batsman ahead of Chris Lynn as the leading runscorer of the tournament so far.

Paine steadies to move to the top of BBL|06

The horror start: Strikers bowler Michael Neser had the unusual figures of 0-13 from just a single delivery during his first over of the night. Having been deposited into the top tier by D'Arcy Short first ball, Neser then over-stepped and Short sent him over the rope again. The free hit mercifully just went for a single, but the right-armer finished with 21 off the over as Hobart cruised to victory.

Neser concedes 13 off his first delivery

The veteran: Brad Hodge has indicated that BBL|06 will be his last year in Australian cricket, but the veteran might change his mind if this current form continues. The 42-year-old's innings of 55 from 45 balls was the bedrock of Adelaide's below-par total, and featured three sixes. The veteran is the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament this season and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Hodge steadies Strikers with half-century

The over: Simon Milenko's introduction into the bowling attack was a spectacular one. Ben Dunk sent him into the top tier as he clubbed 20 runs from the first five balls, before Milenko responded with a perfect yorker to bowl his Tasmania teammate for 31.

Dunk tees off but Milenko gets the last laugh

The wash-up: It was an important win for the Hurricanes, who move into the top four ahead of a re-match with the Strikers in Adelaide on Friday. It will be a crucial match for the Strikers as Jason Gillespie's side now sit second-last after four matches.

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Adelaide Strikers BBL

Hobart Hurricanes BBL