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Hurricanes fall short to Strikers

19 January 2020

Despite a superb knock from David Miller, the Hobart Hurricanes suffered a 10-run loss at the hands of the Adelaide Strikers this afternoon.

Matthew Wade won the toss and elected to field at the University of Tasmania Stadium, and the Strikers took full advantage, posting 5/186 from their 20 overs.

The Hurricanes fell short, finishing on 6/176 despite the best efforts of Miller, who posted an punishing 90 off 48 balls.

Scott Boland (2-26) struck in his first over to dismiss Philip Salt, and follow it up with a one-handed catch off his own bowling to dismiss Jake Weatherald.

But Travis Head and Jonathan Wells rejuvenated the Strikers with a 97-run partnership.

Head (79 off 40) starred in a power hitting display before being undone by Clive Rose in the 13th over.

Qais Ahmad struck in the next over, after he fielded his own ball to run out Harry Nielsen.

Wells (45* off 35) and Matt Short (33 off 20) steadied the ship for the Strikers, before Nathan Ellis dismissed Short in the final over of the innings.

The Hurricanes were dealt an early blow, when Matthew Wade and Caleb Jewell fell in the opening overs of the batting innings.

Jake Doran and David Miller put together a steady partnership of 41, before Doran (28 off 30) was dismissed by Wes Ager (4-33).

Despite the climbing run rate, the firepower of Miller and Ben McDermott kept the Hurricanes in the game with a 60-run partnership.

McDermott (31 of 17) was dismissed in the 16th over by Peter Siddle, before George Bailey and Clive Rose fell in the 18th.

Miller (90* off 48) produced his best knock of the tournament, but his heroics were not enough to get Hobart over the line.

The Hurricanes now face the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday 21 January at 7:10pm.