GREAT BASH LEAGUE
Veteran Siddle finished with 5/16 figures. © Getty
A disciplined performance with the ball, followed by half-centuries of Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey, helped Adelaide Strikers record their first points in the 10th edition of the Big Bash League. Limiting Hobart Hurricanes to 146, thanks to Peter Siddle’s five-wicket haul, the strikers chased the goal with five wickets in hand and 1.2 overs to save as they pocketed the full points offered.
Was it a simple chase for the Strikers?
Not at all. They actually had an early problem, as James Faulkner was responsible for both openers in the first. Starting the inning with four, Philip Salt’s attempted slogan went awry and he was bowled. Matt Renshaw soon followed, striking one straight to a deep square leg to leave the strikers in early trouble. Slowly went the Strikers after the early wickets, with just 30 runs in the first five overs.
How did the Strikers get the ‘Bash Boost’ point?
Strikers needed to reach at least 71 to get the Bash Boost point at the halfway point of their innings. The platform for this was created by Carey, who beat four and six by Will Jacks in the sixth. 13 runs came in that while Carey also managed a boundary with Nathan Ellis and Riley Meredith to make sure the Strikers were ahead of the Hurricanes by the end of the 10th.
Did the Hurricanes fight back?
Not really. Carey reached a 34-ball fifty and Weatherald, who willingly played a second fiddle, stepped on the accelerator in the second half of the inning. He hit a straight six from Faulkner and continued it with a four and six from Nathan Ellis. Riley Meredith was also attacked by Weatherald, who led the strikers to the goal after the dismissal of Carey, who fell to Scott Boland on the 14th. Ellis managed to pick up the wickets of Jonathan Wells and Matthew Short in the 19th, but they arrived a little too late as Weatherald remained unbeaten to help his side.
Roller first half for the Hurricanes
Hurricanes had to endure a top-down collapse. Had Jacks been dismissed by Daniel Worrall in the opening thanks to a stunning catch at a back point by Weatherald while D’Arcy Short also cheaply fell, grabbed Siddle’s leg. The Hurricanes were reduced to 20 for 3 in the fourth over when Wes Agar had Peter Handscomb caught behind. A half-century stand between Ben McDermott and Colin Ingram helped the Hurricanes recover, with an incredible six-sixths coming in the fourth wicket association. Reaching 89 for 3 by the end of the 11th, the Hurricanes looked good for overall in the 150-160 region.
Why didn’t they get there?
Pro Siddle. But first, the fixed batsmen McDermott and Ingram were dismissed by Rashid Khan and Agar respectively, who left the Hurricanes at 116 for 5 in the 16th. Macalister Wright, who came as an X-factor for Johan Botha, and Tim David were shoulder the responsibility of leading the Hurricanes to a good score. However regular strikes by Siddle robbed the Hurricanes of any momentum during the deaths and despite David gaining some limits, they ended up bowling with three more deliveries in their innings.
Short scores: 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) of 5 wickets.