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Big Bash preview: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers

Hobart Hurricanes will be out for revenge when they take on Adelaide Strikers at Blundstone Arena on Thursday night.

The two sides clashed in Adelaide on Tuesday night, with the Strikers winning by five wickets following an exciting encounter.

The Canes and Strikers are sitting just outside of the top four with two games of the regular season remaining, so the stakes could not be much higher.

Adelaide are priced at 21.00 to go on and win BBL 13, while the Hurricanes are 26.00, but just making the top four would be a huge achievement.

For one team the season will be over after Thursday night, while the winner could stay in the mix for a little longer.

Let’s take a look at the re-match in Hobart.

WhatHobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers
WhereBlundstone Arena, Hobart
When19:15 (AEDT), Thursday 11th January 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsHobart Hurricanes 2.05, Adelaide Strikers 1.78

McDermott the man for Canes

The Hurricanes looked to be a side on the up after winning two games on the bounce, but two defeats have since stopped them in their tracks.

They now need to win the last two games of the regular season, but even that may not be enough to make the top four.

Tuesday night’s clash with the Strikers at the Gabba was an exciting one, and hopefully more of the same is on the cards in the re-match.

Adelaide won the toss and decided to bowl and it looked to be a great decision as they had the Canes at 66/6 at one point.

Thankfully for Hobart, Ben McDermott managed to stay at the crease as everyone fell around him, and then Chris Jordan managed to hang around enough to help them to a respectable 165/7 off their 20 overs.

McDermott was the star of the show, finishing on 95 not-out, while Jordan made a very handy 30.

McDermott’s knock included seven fours and five sixes, and he is sure to be in the frame for Team – Top Batter once again.

Nathan Ellis was the pick of the bowlers when taking 2-44, but the Hurricanes were hit by the news that Riley Meredith had to leave the field through injury.

The fast bowler now has to be a huge doubt for the final two games of the regular season.

Short shines again

Regardless of what happens over the next two games, opening batsman Matt Short has been one of the stars of this tournament.

Short made another 45 runs to take his tally for the campaign to 351 runs in six matches. That is an average of 70.20 and makes him the leading run-scorer in BBL 13.

Chris Lynn is also up there with an average of 66.75 after he made another 37 runs against the Hurricanes.

Alex Carey also made 36 runs as the Strikers reached their target with four balls remaining.

Earlier, Jamie Overton was the pick of the bowlers with 3-23 off his four overs, while Cameron Boyce recorded figures of 2-13 off his four.

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