Weatherald and Carey pummel Hurricanes to keep Strikers alive

Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey blasted rapid half-centuries as Adelaide Strikers kept their slim Big Bash League finals hopes alive with a seven-wicket win over leaders Hobart Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes could have sealed top spot and a home semi-final with a win, but the Strikers ended a four-match losing streak at UTAS Stadium on Thursday.

Matthew Wade took advantage of being dropped on 40 to smash 88 off 54 balls as Hobart posted 169-7 in Launceston, Ben Laughlin claiming figures of 3-31 and Rashid Khan 2-28.

It soon became apparent that would not be enough, with Weatherald (82) and Carey (54) putting on 116 for the first wicket in just 10.4 overs to put the defending champions well on their way to stopping the rot.

Weatherald was put down on 30 and that proved to be costly as the left-hander ended a barren run by striking two sixes and 11 fours in a magnificent display of clean striking, leaving Adelaide with an outside chance of making the top four.

 

NORMAL SERVICE RESUMED FOR WADE 

Wade struggled against Brisbane Heat on Tuesday but has been in outstanding form for the Hurricanes and showed his class again with a third half-century in his last four knocks.

The skipper had a stroke of luck when a running Michael Neser put him down in the cover area off Laughlin 10 shy of another fifty.

Wade, the second-highest scorer in the tournament, hit Cameron Valente and Jake Lehmann over the ropes in another powerful knock - which also included eight fours - before he was trapped leg before by Laughlin.

 

ARCHER SHOWS HE'S HUMAN

Jofra Archer took a sensational catch in the thrashing of the Heat, but he was unable to hang on to take a tricky chance to remove Weatherald.

Weatherald breathed a sigh of relief when the paceman showed he is human after running back from mid-off.

Archer failed to make amends when he came into the attack immediately after that drop, Carey flexing his muscles to take 20 off his first over as the openers got off to flyer.

 

POWERPLAY PUMMELING

Weatherald and Carey had 50 on the board inside four overs as they unleashed a barrage of powerful strokes.

James Faulkner, Archer and Jarrod Freeman were given the treatment, the openers scoring 84 in the Powerplay.

Carey was caught and bowled by Simon Milenko soon after reaching 50, but Weatherald continued to strike lusty blows and Jonathan Wells finished it off with an unbeaten 19.

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