Hurricanes end Adelaide's unbeaten start

05 January 2018 20:37:11 GMTPlus11
Adelaide Strikers suffered their first defeat of the Big Bash League season when they went down to Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive Oval.

It leaves Perth Scorchers as the only unbeaten side in the competition, with the Strikers falling seven runs short in their run chase.

D'Arcy Short's second big-hitting innings in as many games set the Hurricanes up for the victory.

Jofra Archer then produced the goods at the end, when Adelaide had needed 13 runs off the final over.

He trapped Jake Lehmann in front from the first ball of the over and then wicketkeeper Matthew Wade ran out Jonathan Wells (18 from 8) from the next delivery.

English import Archer finished with 3-15 as Adelaide fell short at 176-6.

Short shared in two big stands at the start of Hobart's innings, putting on 60 with Alex Doolan (29 from 23 balls) and also playing the lead role in a 51-run partnership with Ben McDermott.

For the second time in as many matches, Short fell agonisingly shy of a maiden T20 century.

He'd scored 97 in the Hurricanes' first win of the BBL season against Sydney Thunder on New Year's Day, and this time smacked 96 off 58 balls.

Two of his four sixes ended up on the roof including a mammoth leg-side heave off former Test paceman Peter Siddle.

Short looked on track for three figures but sliced Billy Stanlake to Siddle at deep point, falling four runs short.

Adelaide's chase got off to a bad start as openers Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald departed for single digit scores in the first three overs.

Skipper Travis Head (44 from 32) and South African import Colin Ingram (66 from 44) launched a recovery mission in a 102-run stand.

Adelaide Strikers are 3.75 to win the Big Bash League title.

Hobart Hurricanes are 1.72 to win their next game against Sydney Sixers, who are 2.20.

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