Short & Archer end Strikers' unbeaten start

D'Arcy Short and Jofra Archer combined to hand Adelaide Strikers their first defeat of the Big Bash League as Hobart Hurricanes claimed a seven-run victory.

After losing their first two matches, the Hurricanes got on the board with victory over Sydney Thunder on New Year's Day and moved on to four points on Thursday thanks predominantly to the performances of Short and Archer in Hobart.

Short, who struck 97 against the Thunder, again went agonisingly close to a century as he was dismissed for 96 to end a superb 58-ball innings, leading Hobart to a total of 183-5.

The target of 184 looked to well within the Strikers' reach as Colin Ingram and Travis Head put together a third-wicket stand of 102, but Archer dismissed Head and then produced an excellent piece of fielding at the boundary to remove Ingram, and his fine work continued in the last over to deny Adelaide a fourth successive victory.

 

D'ARCY FALLS SHORT ONCE AGAIN

Triumph will have been somewhat bittersweet for Short, who was again left to rue his luck after narrowly missing out on a three-figure score once more.

He hit 97 off 63 in the win over the Thunder and was even more prolific this time around, hitting nine fours and four maximums, including one huge 75-metre effort.

However, Billy Stanlake denied him a ton as his delivery was edged to Peter Siddle at backward point.

ARCHER SHOWS OFF STRINGS TO HIS BOW

England may be floundering in the Ashes, but young seamer Archer has spoken of his desire to play for them and his career continues to look extremely promising after he turned in a match-winning performance.

The Barbados-born bowler, who has an English father, took 3-15, his biggest scalp coming as Head (44) skewed him to cover to end a partnership that had seen the Strikers accelerate from 10-2 to 112-2.

More was to come from Archer, who showcased his athleticism by collecting a shot from Ingram (66) at deep midwicket and flicking the ball back to Short as he fell over the boundary to dismiss the dangerous South African.

Despite those dismissals, Adelaide went into the final over needing just 13 to win, but Archer removed Jake Lehmann and then saw Jonathan Wells run out off his next delivery to derail the visitors' hopes of success.

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