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Weatherald, Carey ignite BBL Strikers

Reigning Big Bash League champions Adelaide Strikers kept their finals hopes alive with an upset seven-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston.

Weatherald, Carey ignite BBL Strikers

Reigning Big Bash League champions Adelaide Strikers kept their finals hopes alive with an upset seven-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston.

ALEX CAREY of Australia bats during the One Day International series between Australia and India at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
ALEX CAREY of Australia bats during the One Day International series between Australia and India at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Matt King/Getty Images

Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey could be the pair to catapult the Adelaide Strikers into the Big Bash League finals.

The reigning champions on Thursday kept their top four hopes alive with a seven-wicket upset of ladder-leaders Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston.


Chasing 170 for victory, Weatherald and Carey mowed down a big chunk of the total with a stunning 116-run opening stand.

Weatherald hit 82 from just 42 balls including 11 fours and two sixes, while Carey shrugged off some poor form with 54 from 35.

They treated the Hurricanes bowlers with contempt and raced to 84 after the six-over powerplay.

"It's a reminder of what we were last season," skipper Colin Ingram said, after the Strikers reached the target with 13 balls to spare.

"It just shows what we can do. I've always felt we can beat any team on any day We just at stages haven't quite put it together."

The Strikers are just two points behind the Melbourne Stars in fourth spot and are a mathematical chance of making the finals with two games to play.

They must keep winning and rely on other results going their way but do have winnable games at home against the Heat and Scorchers - the bottom two teams.

"Hopefully (the Hurricanes win) has really sparked us," Ingram said.

Carey has had a lean summer that has included four run out mix-ups with Weatherald in the BBL.

He came into into the Hurricanes match averaging 24.88, half of what he did during a breakout 2017-18 BBL season but Ingram hopes the half century against Hobart has broken the shackles.

"It's never easy when you're under pressure. They've had a couple of mix ups but they had a coffee together and it's obviously worked," he said.

The Hurricanes looked on track for a massive total but stumbled late to 7-169, losing 5-19 within the final four overs.

Strikers' Ben Laughlin picked up 3-31, while Afghan spinner Rashid Khan and quick Michael Neser took two wickets each.

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