Weatherald century leads Adelaide Strikers to maiden BBL title
Adelaide Strikers 202-2 (Weatherald 115) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 177-5 (Short 68) by 25 runs
Final, Big Bash League, Adelaide Oval
Jake Weatherald slammed a 115-run knock to take Adelaide Strikers to 202 runs following which Peter Siddle registered a three-wicket haul as Adelaide Strikers went on to beat Hobart Hurricanes by 25 runs in the final to claim their maiden Big Bash League title.
Adelaide Strikers won the toss and decided to bat first. Weatherald (115) and Alex Carey (18) gave the Strikers a brisk start as they raced 41 runs off the first 29 deliveries before Jofra Archer (1-46) castled the latter to provide the breakthrough.
With a six and a boundary from Weatherald, the Strikers reached 53 for one in the powerplay. He went severe on Daniel Christian (1-38) plundering him for two sixes and a boundary in the eighth over. With two more sixes in the following over, Weatherald completed his third consecutive fifty.
Thomas Rogers (0-30) handed Travis Head (44 not out) a reprieve when he dropped him off his own bowling and in the next over, the Adelaide captain was put down by D'Arcy Short (2-20). The duo plundered 47 runs off the next four overs and in the process Weatherald went on to complete his maiden T20 century.
Even though Christian had Weatherald caught in the 19th over, Head along with a cameo from Colin Ingram (14 not out) ensured the Strikers reached 202 for two in the 20 overs.
Head (1-30) brought himself to open the bowling and the move paid dividend as he had Tim Paine (5) caught behind in the fifth delivery.
From there on D'Arcy Short (68), George Bailey (46) and Christian (29 not out) tried to keep up with the required run rate but Siddle (3-17) made life tough for the Hurricanes with a three-wicket haul and conceding under five an over as the visitors could manage only 177 for five.
Weatherald was named the player of the match while Short was adjudged the player of the series.
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