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Match report: The Eliminator

21 January 2022

The Hurricanes fell short by 22 runs in the Eliminator against the Strikers – who were in control from the start and never let go.

Welcoming back Scott Boland and rested bowlers Tom Rogers and Riley Meredith, the ‘Canes were fit and raring to go for the Eliminator against the Strikers at the MCG.

The Strikers won the toss and elected to bat, and made full use of the decision much to the dismay of the Hurricanes. Strong batting from Alex Carey and Matt Short, in conjunction with missed chances and sloppy fielding saw the Strikers finish the powerplay 0-44, and that was only the beginning.

Both Carey and Short took to the bowlers and brought up their 50s en route to taking the Strikers well past 100 before the fall of the first wicket, when the in-form Scott Boland finally removed Carey for 67 in the 14th over.

At 1-145, the damage was well and truly already done, and the Strikers looked to push home the advantage. Wil Parker took the scalp of Short for a fabulous 89, including six sixes and four fours, and though the rest of the Strikers made minimal contributions, the power hitting of the openers ensured they finished their innings 6-188 – a formidable total for the Hurricanes to chase.

Riley Meredith was the pick of the bowlers down the stretch, picking up two wickets in an over, including that of Travis Head.

Facing a tall order, the Hurricanes were dealt a severe blow when leading batter Ben McDermott was dismissed for just six runs in the early stages, before skipper Matthew Wade fell for just seven a few overs later.  At 2-28, Caleb Jewell and D’Arcy Short managed to settle the ‘Canes, finding the boundary and finally applying pressure to the bowlers.

Just as he seemed to be comfortable, Jewell fell on 35 to leave the ‘Canes 3-67, welcoming Handscomb to the crease. Sensing the moment, Short stepped up to play his most confident innings of the season.

Playing straight and with power, Short took on the bowlers to strike doubt into the minds of the Strikers, bringing up his 50 with aplomb. Just as it seemed the Hurricanes may be coming right back into it, Short was caught on 56, a superb innings off just 34 balls, which included two sixes and four fours.

At 4-122, the ‘Canes needed a miracle, and unfortunately it was not forthcoming. Handscomb fell on 18, and a quickfire innings from David ended on 21 before the Strikers moved through the lower order, bowling the Hurricanes out for 166 with two balls to spare.

Falling by just 22 runs, the ‘Canes were left to rue potential missed opportunities and fielding errors, but were ultimately defeated by a team which capitalized at the top of the order and refused to relinquish control.

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