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BBL|10 Match Report: Strikers v Hurricanes

13 December 2020

The Hobart Hurricanes are making the most the KFC BBL|10 kicking off in Tasmania, recording two wins from as many matches in front of an adoring Blundstone Arena crowd.

Their most recent win came against the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday afternoon.  Despite once again losing the toss and being sent into bat, Head Coach, Adam Griffith, decided to stick with his opening duo of D’Arcy Short and Will Jacks from the first game, despite both players making ducks against the Sixers.

Griffith was more than rewarded for his effort, with both openers notching runs a strike rates in excess of 130.  Jacks’ first-ever BBL runs came in the form of a well-made 34 off 25 balls, whilst Short smashed his way to 72 off 48, in what turned out to be a Player-of-the-Match performance.

The Hurricanes heroes with the bat from the first game – Colin Ingram and Tim David – also chimed in with handy knocks of 25 off 19 and an unbeaten 21 off 13 respectively, and the Hurricanes set a competitive total of 5-174 to defend after their 20 overs.

It was a fast start to their time in the field for the Hurricanes, with Strikers openers Jake Weatherald and Phil Salt falling in the second and third overs respectively.  Things didn’t improve for the Strikers from there, and they slumped to 9-102 in the 15th over.  With Matt Renshaw (33) and Harry Nielsen (11) the only Strikers to advance to double figures by this point, the game looked all but over, but tail enders Daniel Worrall and Danny Briggs had other ideas.

The pair combined for the highest 10th-wicket stand in the League’s history, finishing unbeaten on 66 (39) and 35 (18) respectively.

However, in the end the margin was two great for the pair to reach however, with the Hurricanes getting across the line by 11 runs.  James Faulkner was the best with the ball for the match, finishing with figures of 3-21 off his four overs, and taking the lead in the tournament’s ‘Golden Arm’ tally, having taking five wickets for the tournament so far; the most of any bowler.

The Hurricanes and the Strikers will now hit the road and head north to Launceston, where both teams will go head to head again at University of Tasmania Stadium on Tuesday night.

Tickets to the match are still available, but must be purchased before heading to the ground.