Veteran paceman Peter Siddle claims maiden five-wicket haul in T20 cricket
Adelaide Strikers paceman Peter Siddle has rattled the Hobart Hurricanes in a career-best performance in Launceston.
The 36-year-old claimed 5/16 at University of Tasmania Stadium on Tuesday evening, the equal fourth-best bowling figures in Big Bash League history.
After removing dangerous opening batsman D’Arcy Short for two during the Powerplay, Siddle cleaned up the tail as the Hurricanes were toppled for 146 in 19.3 overs.
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The 67-Test veteran sprinted towards the slip cordon after claiming his fifth scalp of the night, bellowing with delight.
“This game is all about execution, and we have seen it at its absolute best night with Peter Siddle,” former Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting said on Channel 7.
“That’s quite an appropriate celebration for someone who just got his first (five-fa).”
This was Siddle’s maiden five-wicket haul in the T20 format. He made his T20 debut for Victoria in January 2006, five years before the BBL’s debut season.
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Meanwhile, cricket fans were finally given a glimpse at the X-Factor innovation during Tuesday’s clash in Launceston.
This season, BBL teams have the option to swap out a player from their starting XI at the 10-over mark of each innings.
No club implemented the X-Factor during the opening eight matches of the tournament, but both the Hurricanes and Strikers chose to bring in a substitute at University of Tasmania Stadium.
After English spin bowler Danny Briggs was smacked for 15 runs from his opening over, he was subbed out for Strikers all-rounder Matt Short.
Meanwhile, veteran Hurricanes tweaker Johan Botha was replaced by young gun Mac Wright in the hope of bolstering their batting attack.
However, the decision quickly backfired when Wright made his way back to the pavilion for a leisurely 15.
Short was also ineffective during the run chase, scooping a simple catch to mid-on for a golden duck.
The Strikers chased the total with eight deliveries to spare, securing their first win of the season. Opening batsman Jake Weatherald top-scored with 68 not out, while skipper Alex Carey contributed 55.