In an impressive display of T20 hitters, defenders Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald helped Adelaide Strikers win an unlikely win against the Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston.
Both Carey and Weatherald smashed 50 remarkable years in their opening 116-race partnership, scoring 54 of 35 balls and 82 of 42 balls, respectively.
In the first innings, the classic 88-ball Matthew Wade balls with 54 balls took the Hurricanes to a healthy total of 7-169 – their five hundred and fifty BBL08 had eight limits and two sixes.
Late defenders cost valuable hurricane races as they lost 4 to 8 on the back end of the inning – Ben Laughlin starred with the ball for the attackers, claiming three crucial wickets, including Wade's on the 18th.
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The Strikers' response started exceptionally well – Carey and Weatherald beat 84 races from the first six overs, the fourth more races scored during a Powerplay in BBL history.
Despite a late cluster of wickets, the Strikers completed the race with ease, knocking out the last races with 13 balls to spare.
The convincing win keeps the hopes of the Strikers' final alive but they are still tied for sixth in BBL, one point behind the Sydney Thunder.
LEHMANN VILLAGE CAKES
Boof's son is not known for his bowling skills, but Strikers captain Colin Ingram still turned the half-turn spinner in tenth place on the hurricane turn.
Jake Lehmann's BBL room did not start ideally – his first installment was a juicy half-tracker that bounced closer to his fingers than the batter on the other side.
Soon after, a head-high pitch that was hurled along the square-leg boundary by Wade, the non-ball also called correctly.
In the end, Lehmann ended up going for 15 races, but he had enough pies to ensure that he did not play again.
ANOTHER BUMPER AFTER
BBL's referees were harshly criticized this season for some of their questionable decisions – unfortunately another shocking shock renewed that disapproval.
A loose delivery of David Moody in the tenth over the attacker's innings flew wildly by the side of the leg, almost falling off the field – many would rate him in test play conditions.
However, to everyone's surprise, the referee did not signal the extra run – Carey was visibly furious with the official, scoring the wicket to politely ask if the referee understood the laws of cricket.
It was a decision that left Fox Cricket commentators baffled, with Andrew Symonds describing the decision as a "possible offense" and Brett Lee claiming it was "brain fading."
DORP OF TERROR OF NESER
An expensive fall from Michael Neser gave Hurricanes captain Wade a valuable life at the age of 40.
Wade hit a delivery from Ben Laughlin to the long run where Neser was rushing to claim the opportunity.
Regrettably, Neser spoiled the chance, completely losing the footprint and allowing the ball to roll over the boundary rope.
Wade was knocked down again by Wes Agar on the 18th, but he was eventually fired by Laughlin on the next installment.
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FALL OF ARCHER HORROR
Not to be outdone, Jofra Archer got a catch catch in the Strikers' third round, a chance that probably cost the Hurricanes the match.
Weatherald had run to 30 on Powerplay, but ended up skiing a James Faulkner delivery in the middle of the time.
As it had been characteristic for the night, the chance was dropped by Archer – inevitably, Weatherald went on to score another 52 runs in a man-of-match performance.
WHAT IS THE NEXT
February 3, 2019
ADELAIDE STRIKERS vs Brisbane Heat
Adelaide Oval, 5:45 p.m., local time
February 7, 2019
HOBART HURRICANES vs Melbourne Renegados
Blundstone Arena, 19:30 local time