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Cricket news - Weatherheld special keeps Strikers' qualification hopes alive

Jake Weatherald scored a rapid 82 in Strikers' successful chase.

Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers

Half centuries by Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey spoiled Matthew Wade's party as Adelaide Strikers registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes.

Put into bat, Wade led table-toppers Hurricane's charge with a 54-ball 88. The 'keeper batsman stitched half-century stands for the first two wickets - in company of D'Arcy Short and Caleb Jewell to lay a strong foundation.

However, once he fell early in the 18th over after an enterprising knock which included eight boundaries and two sixes, the Hurricanes struggled to push for big runs in the death. Ben Laughlin was the most impressive bowler, returning 3 for 31, while Rashid Khan and Michael Neser bagged a brace each as the hosts were restricted to 169 for 7.

In reply, Strikers started on a strong note with the opening duo of Weatherheld and Carey putting on a century partnership. The quickfire 116-run alliance took all of 64 balls, washing away the threat of Hurricanes' challenge.

Even as Strikers had a bit of a blip thereafter, getting reduced to 146 for 3 in the next four overs, the required rate had fallen below run-a-ball, making it easy for them to go past the total. Jonathan Wells ensured they did that with 2.1 overs to spare with his unbeaten 15-ball 19.

While the defeat has had no impact on Hurricanes' position on the points table, Strikers have kept their fight on for a semifinal spot.

Brief Scores: Hobarth Hurricanes 169/7 (Matthew Wade 88, D'Arcy Short 26; Ben Laughlin 3-31, Rashid Khan 2-28) lost to Adelaide Strikers 170/3 in 17.5 overs (Jake Weatherheld 82, Alex Carey 54; Simon Milenko 1-19) by 7 wickets.

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