Adelaide Strikers almost ride incredible 10th wicket stand to shock win over Hurricanes
The Adelaide Strikers’ long wait for a win in Hobart continues after they went down to the Hurricanes by 11 runs at Bellerive Oval.
The Strikers were dead and buried at 6-72 in their chase of 175 after electing to bowl first but scrapped their way to 9-163 by the end of their 20 overs.
And the bulk of those runs came from the final wicket, with No.8 Daniel Worrall (62*) and No.11 Danny Briggs (35*) combining for 61 runs.
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The Strikers were in trouble early in the chase as Jake Weatherald fell to the bowling of Johan Botha for 1 in the first over. Phil Salt followed him back in the third over, bowled for eight Faulkner. Just as things started to improve for the Strikers, Botha trapped Harry Nielsen (8) in front and Riley Meredith wreaked havoc from there.
The tearaway quick trapped Jonathan Wells in front for a golden duck in the seventh over before running out Ryan Gibson (7) by kicking the ball into the stumps in the ninth and had Rashid Khan (0) caught on the very next ball.
Peter Siddle was then the third Adelaide batsman to suffer a duck, caught behind off the bowling of Faulkner and when Wes Ager (3) was bowled by Nathan Ellis an early finish seemed inevitable.
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Earlier the Hurricanes made 5-174 after 20 overs with D’Arcy Short top scoring with 72 and Wes Agar finishing with the best figures for the innings of 2-28.
If not for a brilliant bounce back catch and wicket from Khan the innings looked set to reach over 200.
Will Jacks was first man out after skying one off Wes Agar that was caught by Ryan Gibson.
In one of the crucial plays of the game Dan Worrall dropped Short when he was on 23 putting down a sitter at fine leg and the Hurricanes opener made the Strikers pay.
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However Worrall redeemed himself catching Short with his second opportunity off the bowling of Agar for 72.
Colin Ingram then fell for 25 caught by Rashid Khan off the bowling of Siddle.
Peter Handscomb fell next ball for 4 caught lbw by Khan to have the Strikers back in the match.
Next to go was Mac Wright who was bowled by Worrall for 1.
Tim David 21* and Faulkner 12* finished off the innings to set the Strikers a competitive total of 175 for victory.