Veteran Siddle and Short lead way to victory for Strikers over Hurricanes

Veteran Siddle and Short lead way to victory for Strikers over Hurricanes

Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes, 35th Match (N), Adelaide, Jan 5 2022, Big Bash League

Match Result: Strikers won by 7 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)

Player of the Match: Matthew Short

Match Report:  Veteran Peter Siddle bagged five wickets as Adelaide Strikers swept aside Hobart Hurricanes with a seven-wicket victory in a must-win game at Adelaide Oval. After being sent in to bat first, a struggling Hurricanes were shellshocked by 37-year-old Siddle who unleashed his full-length mastery to great potential and helped restrict the visitors to just 126.

Opener Matthew Short made easy work of the chase with a BBL career-high of 72 not out from 44 balls as Strikers jumped off the bottom of the table with their second win of the season, while Hurricanes’ (4-5) inconsistency edition continued. The game’s timing was shifted by an hour after BBL’s tumult continued when Wednesday night’s latter clash between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers was postponed due to 12 Heat players and a coach returning positive PCR tests to Covid-19.
 
Hurricanes also had some problems of their own with international players Harry Brook and Jordan Thompson ruled out due to being close contacts of allrounder Josh Kann, who has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in isolation in Hobart. Strikers’ bowlers impressively maintained control of the increasingly wet ball as Siddle starred at the death with unplayable yorkers to claim three wickets in the final over and finish with his second five-wicket haul of his T20 career.
 
Matt Short | Player of the Match(despite Siddle’s five for. Actually think he deserves it too): “Good to come off with the win,” he says. “The go-to shots are coming off at the moment. I want to use my height, my levers, well. This sort of target can be tricky at times but we got a few early and that kept the pressure low. Credit to Peter for another five-for, unbelievable in T20 cricket. Few early wickets for us helped and we closed out well. Huge win. The boys were getting a little bit flat after a few close losses. Good to beat a good team and get the season underway again.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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