Five-star Peter Siddle skittles Hurricanes with career-best night as Strikers claim revenge
The two sides had faced off on Sunday, with the Strikers limping from 6-72 in their chase of 175 to finish just 11 runs short.
But they turned the tables on the hosts on Tuesday night on the back of Siddle’s first five-wicket haul in the Big Bash, before half-centuries to Jake Weatherald and captain Alex Carey saw them easily haul in the Striker’s total of 146.
The match was also notable for both sides utilising the new ‘X-Factor’ substitution rule to mixed results - and the great Ricky Pointing hilariously twice putting the commentator’s curse on a batsman who was dismissed soon after.
MATCH CENTRE: Scores, stats, video
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Siddle bagged opener D’Arcy Short for just two runs before cleaning up the tail to knock over the Hurricanes for 146 with three balls to spare.
Siddle finished with unbelievable career-best BBL figures of 5/16 off 3.3 overs, after bowling out Riley Meredith with a superb yorker.
The 36-year-old quick’s previous best figures were 4/29, which he bagged on Sunday (also against the Hurricanes).
It also makes him the oldest BBL bowler to nab a five-for. Samuel Badree and Dwayne Bravo both nabbed five wicket hauls at the age of 34, while Dan Christian did the same at 33. Josh Lalor and AJ Tye (both 31) are the only others to nab five in a match over the age of 30.
Siddle first played T20 cricket for Victoria in 2006, a five years before the BBL was introduced. Now, 14 years later, his stellar night saw him equal the fourth-best figures in BBL history.
BEST BOWLING FIGURES IN A BBL INNINGS
Lasith Malinga — 6/7 vs Scorchers (Dec 2012)
Ish Sodhi — 6/11 vs Thunder (Jan 2017)
Dan Christian — 5/14 vs Strikers (Jan 2017)
Sean Abbott — 5/16 vs Strikers (Dec 2016)
Peter Siddle — 5/16 vs Hurricanes (Dec 2020
FIRST INNINGS - PUNTER JINXES PAIR AS X-FACTOR ARRIVES
The Strikers won the toss and opted to bowl, a decision that was immediately rewarded with three cheap wickets in the opening four overs.
Will Jacks was dismissed for a duck (his second of the tournament), D’Arcy Short was caught behind nicking down the leg side off Peter Siddle for just two, then Peter Handscomb edged off Wes Agar for five. That left Hobart reeling at 3/20 at the end of the Power Play.
But they hit back with Ben McDermott launching a six onto the roof, as he and Colin Ingram attacked the spinners to build a 50-run partnership from 37 balls.
The Hurricanes finished the first 10 overs on 3/70 with Ingram on 26 (20) and McDermott 34 off 27.
Then, finally, the new X-Factor substitution rule was utilised in the eighth game of the tournament - and by both teams, no less.
The X-Factor allows both teams to substitute a player in their XI with one of two designated substitutes (their 12th and 13th men on the team sheet). The swap must happen after the 10th over of the first innings of the match, and the player substituted must not have batted and may only have bowled a maximum of one over.
Strikers all-rounder Matt Short replaced spinner Danny Briggs, who had bowled one expensive over to that point. Short managed to restrict the Hurricanes to just eight runs from his only over of the match, rewarding the coach’s decision to use the substitution.
For the Hurricanes, all-rounder Macalister Wright came in for veteran spinner Johan Botha, as both sides recognised the pitch was unfriendly to spinners. Wright would go on to score 15 from 14 and did not bowl.
Australian great Ricky Ponting had earlier in the match called on the Strikers to use the X-Factor substitution.
He said on Fox Cricket: “All the teams have been saying, ‘we’ll use it if we’re four down or five down early and sub a batsman out, bring a bowler in.’
“I think the Strikers might be able to do it in reverse here, maybe think about taking one of their spinners out and bringing a quick in.
“On what I’ve seen, if the Adelaide Strikers don’t use this X-Factor, then I think they’ve made a mistake in the game. (It’s a) tactical error if they don’t use it.”
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Peter Siddle bagged his best-ever BBL figures of 5/16 off 3.3 overs as the Strikers bowled out the Hurricanes for 146 off 19.3 overs.
Ben McDermott was finally dismissed for 46 off 33 by Rashid Khan with the Hurricanes 4/95 off 12 overs.
Ingram followed him in the 16th over off Wes Agar, with Jake Weatherald bagging his second great catch of the night as Ingram went for 46 (35).
Both batters were ‘jinxed’ by Ricky Ponting in commentary for Fox Cricket. Before each were dismissed, Punter had declared the batter must not get out that over and needed to play safely - only for them to get out immediately afterwards.
There was chaos in the 18th over when the Hurricanes appeared to take the Power Surge, which meant the fielding side moved their fielders in line with the restrictions - only for the umpire to tell the fielding captain AFTER a ball had been bold that the Power Surge was not actually in place.
That conversation only happened after Peter Siddle had bowled X-Factor sub Mac Wright - with the field placed according to fielding restrictions! Siddle picked up James Faulkner for a duck later in the same over to make it 7/129.
The Power Surge was finally taken in the 19th over (mandatorily), but it was too late for the Hurricanes to make full use of, given they were well into the tail.
Nathan Ellis was dismissed for one via a fantastic direct hit run-out from Matt Renshaw, who was some 60 metres from the stumps.
David backed up his 21*(13) in Sunday’s clash with another fine knock in the dying overs of the innings, finishing 24(15) after Peter Siddle forced him to chop onto the stumps in the final over.
Siddle cleaned up Meredith and let out a roar as the Hurricanes slumped to all-out 146 with three balls to spare.
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SECOND INNINGS: STRIKERS GET HOME COMFORTABLY
Hobart struck twice in the first over, with James Faulkner bowling Phil Salt and getting Matt Renshaw caught in a 2/9 opening over.
The Strikers batted patiently to reach 2/76 after 10 overs, enough to earn them the Bash Boost point.
At the halfway point, Jake Weatherald was 23* off 24 in his 50th BBL game, alongside captain Alex Carey 42* off 30. The pair went on to forge a match-winning 107-run partnership.
Carey bagged his half-ton soon after the half-way point before falling to Boland for 55 off 40. Weatherald nabbed his 50 from 38 balls as the Strikers closed in on victory, and he went on to finish the match with an unbeaten 68.
Needing two runs off the final two overs, Jonathan Wells gifted his wicket to Nathan Ellis to fall for eight runs caught at mid-wicket, before Matt Short was dismissed for a golden duck.
But any late jitters were put to bed when Ryan Gibson scored the winning run with eight balls to spare.
It was the Strikers’ first win of the season in two games, while the Hurricanes slumped to a first defeat from their three games - also missing the chance to go top of the table.
The Strikers also claimed the bonus point for having the higher score at the 10-over mark.
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