GREAT BASH LEAGUE
Veteran Siddle finished with 5/16. © Getty
A disciplined performance with the ball, followed for half a century by Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey, helped Adelaide Strikers to record their first points in the 10th edition of the Big Bash League. After restricting Hurricane Hobart to 146, due to the transport of five handbags by Peter Siddle, the attackers pursued the target with five handbags in hand and 1.2 spare marks, while pocketing the full points offered.
Was it a simple pursuit for the Strikers?
Not realy. In fact, they had early problems, as James Faulkner counted both game openers in the first over. After a four-run start, Philip Salt’s slogan attempt failed and he was thrown out. Matt Renshaw followed shortly afterwards, throwing a square foot straight into the deep to leave the Strikers in danger. He was slow to go for the Strikers after the first wickets, with only 30 runs coming in the first five overs.
How did the Strikers receive the “Bash Boost” point?
The attackers had to be at least 71 years old to get the Bash Boost point in the intermediate stage of their half. The platform for this was set by Carey, who hit a Will Jacks of four and six in the sixth. 13 races followed, while Carey also managed a boundary on Nathan Ellis and Riley Meredith to make sure the attackers were in front of the hurricanes by the end of the 10th.
Did the hurricanes fight?
Not realy. Carey hit a 34-foot ball and Weatherald, who was happy to play second fiddle, stepped on the accelerator in the second half of the half. He hit Faulkner with six straight lines and was followed by Nathan Ellis with four and six. And Riley Meredith was attacked by Weatherald, who guided the Strikers to the target after Carey’s dismissal, who fell to Scott Boland in 14. Ellis managed to pick up Jonathan Wells and Matthew Short’s counters in 19, but they came a little too late, as Weatherald remained undefeated to help his side.
A first half roller coaster for Hurricanes
The hurricanes had to endure a top-down collapse. Will Jacks was fired by Daniel Worrall in the opening, thanks to an amazing catch at the point back by Weatherald, while D’Arcy Short also fell cheaply, caught the leg on Siddle. The hurricanes were reduced to 20 for 3 in the fourth final, when Wes Agar caught Peter Handscomb. A half-century position between Ben McDermott and Colin Ingram helped restore the hurricanes, with up to six coming in the fourth wicket association. After reaching 89 for 3 by the end of the 11th year, the hurricanes looked good for a total in the 150-160 region.
Why didn’t they get there?
Because of Siddle. But first, set elders McDermott and Ingram were fired by Rashid Khan and Agar, respectively, who left Hurricanes at 116 for 5 in the 16th over. Macalister Wright, who took on the supporting role of X-factor for Johan Botha, and Tim David took on the responsibility of leading the hurricanes to a good score. However, the usual blows from Siddle robbed the hurricanes of any deadly impulse, and despite David scoring a few borders, they ended up being hit with three more deliveries left in the innings.
Short scores: Hurricane Hobart146 in 19.3 overs (Ben McDermott 46, Colin Ingram 46; Peter Siddle 5-16, Wes Agar 2-28) lost in Adelaide Strikers 147/5 in 18.4 overs (Jake Weatherald 68 *, Alex Carey 55; James Faulkner 2-35) 5 counters.