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Carey, Weatherald record-stand lift Adelaide Strikers to top

Alex Doolan's unbeaten 70 went in vain
Alex Doolan's unbeaten 70 went in vain

Adelaide Strikers 187-4 (Carey 100) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 176-4 (Doolan 70no) by 11 runs
31st game, Big Bash League, Adelaide

Alex Carey scored a blistering century while Jake Weatherald contributed with a 65 as Adelaide Strikers went on to post 187 for four and later restricted Hobart Hurricanes to 176 for four in the chase to complete a 11-run win in the 31st game of the Big Bash League at the Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide Strikers won the toss and decided to bat first. Weatherald (65) and Carey (100) had a quiet start to the innings as they managed just 11 runs in the first three overs before they stepped up the gears scoring 34 runs off the next three.

At the halfway mark, Adelaide Strikers were positioned 85 for naught. Carey completed a 32-ball fifty and in a terrific 16th over, he plundered Daniel Christian (0-42) for four boundaries and a six to bring the 150-run partnership.

The runs continued to flow as Carey completed a 54-ball century while his opening partner had a 41-ball fifty. Jofra Archer (3-27) provided some respite for the Hurricanes when he had run out Weatherald and also castled Carey off successive deliveries in the 18th over, bringing to an end a 171-run stand.

Archer also completed the innings well for the Hurricanes as he picked two more wickets in the final over in which he conceded just six runs as Adelaide Strikers were restricted to 187 for four in the 20 overs.

In the chase, the Hurricanes got off to a 42-run stand in the powerplay phase without losing a wicket. The wicket of in-form D'Arcy Short (28) in the seventh over dented their momentum as they lost George Bailey (7) also soon after.

As Doolan (70 not out) was consolidating, Ben McDermott (45) renewed the hopes for the Hurricanes with his 29-ball blistering knock but tidy spells from Billy Stanlake (0-25) and Siddle (1-18) allowed Strikers to hold on to a 11-run win that has taken them to the top of the table.

Carey was awarded the man of the match for his century.

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