BIG BASH LEAGUE
Veteran Siddle finished with numbers 5/16. © Getty
A disciplined performance with the ball followed by half a century of Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey helped Adelaide Strikers score their first points in the 10th Big Bash League. After limiting Hobart Hurricanes to 146 thanks to Peter Siddle’s five-wicket move, the Strikers chased the target with five wickets in hand and 1.2 overs as they pocketed the full points offered.
Was it an easy hunt for the strikers?
Not quite. They were indeed in early trouble with James Faulkner responsible for both openings in the first game. After starting the innings on a four, Philip Salt’s attempted slog went wrong and he was bowled. Matt Renshaw followed shortly thereafter, flicking a straight to deep square leg to get the strikers into trouble. After the early wickets, the Strikers had slow progress. There were only 30 runs in the first five overs.
How did the Strikers get the ‘Bash Boost’ point?
The strikers had to hit at least 71 to hit the bash boost point midway through their innings. The platform for this was created by Carey, who beat Will Jacks in the sixth over four and six. 13 runs came by while Carey also took a limit apiece ahead of Nathan Ellis and Riley Meredith to ensure the strikers were ahead of the Hurricanes by the end of the 10th over.
Did the hurricanes fight off?
Not really. Carey hit a 34-ball fifty and Weatherald, happy to play second fiddle, stepped on the accelerator in the second half of the innings. He hit a straight six ahead of Faulkner and followed with a four and a six in front of Nathan Ellis. Riley Meredith was also attacked by Weatherald, who led the Strikers to the target after Carey was sacked, who fell to Scott Boland on the 14th. Ellis managed to get past the wickets of Jonathan Wells and Matthew Short on the 19th, but they were a little late as Weatherald went undefeated to help his team.
A roller coaster ride in the first half for the Hurricanes
Hurricanes had to endure a collapse of the highest order. Will Jacks was sacked by Daniel Worrall in the opening thanks to a staggering setback from Weatherald while D’Arcy Short also fell cheaply and caught Siddle’s leg side. The hurricanes were reduced to 20 in the fourth game for 3 when Wes Agar left Peter Handscomb behind. Half a century between Ben McDermott and Colin Ingram helped recover from the hurricanes. Up to six sixes came into the fourth wicket association. After hitting 89 for 3 at the end of the 11th century, the Hurricanes looked fine overall in the 150-160 region.
Why didn’t you get there?
Because of Siddle. But first batsmen McDermott and Ingram were sacked by Rashid Khan and Agar, who left the Hurricanes on the 16th at 116 for 5. Macalister Wright, who came on as the X Factor sub for Johan Botha, and Tim David took responsibility for leading the Hurricanes to a good result. Regular strikes by Siddle, however, stole the hurricanes from any momentum in deaths, and although David hit some limits, they were left out with three deliveries left in their innings.
Brief Results: Hobart hurricanes146 in 19.3 overs (Ben McDermott 46, Colin Ingram 46; Peter Siddle 5-16, Wes Agar 2-28) lost to Adelaide strikers 147/5 in 18.4 overs (Jake Weatherald 68 *, Alex Carey 55; James Faulkner 2-35) by 5 doors.