Siddle, Short star for Strikers in BBL win

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  • Peter Siddle
    Australian cricketer
  • Matthew Short
    Australian cricketer

Captain Peter Siddle's blistering bowling masterclass combined with Matt Short's career-best knock have inspired the Adelaide Strikers to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval.

Siddle snared 5-23 to skittle the Hurricanes for a lowly 126 which the Strikers easily hauled in with 29 balls to spare, thanks largely to Short's swashbuckling unbeaten 72 on Wednesday night.

The comfortable victory snapped the Strikers' six-game losing streak.

"The pleasing thing is to finally be able to complete a game with bat and ball," Siddle said.

"We've got some momentum now and some confidence.

"That's what we've been crying out for - putting close enough to the perfect game together.

"Tonight we got that."

Siddle introduced himself in the powerplay and struck with his second delivery when danger man Ben McDermott - the competition's leading run scorer - miscued a high catch to Tom Kelly on 11.

The super-accurate Siddle skittled Tim David (28) with a yorker during the power surge before polishing off the tail, castling Mitch Owen (16), Tom Rogers (8) and Sandeep Lamichhane (1) in the 20th over.

Siddle moved to equal first place alongside Perth Scorchers paceman AJ Tye for most wickets this season (16) after bagging the second five-wicket haul of his Twenty20 career.

D'Arcy Short top-scored with 32 for the 'Canes but used up a lot of dot balls in the process against some precise Strikers bowling before having his timbers disturbed trying to slog Short.

Short, the Strikers' top runscorer this season, then took the long handle to his namesake and thumped him for back-to-back sixes as he eyed an early finish.

Henry Hunt was the early aggressor in the chase before being caught in the deep for 18 off a Sandeep Lamichhane long hop.

Tweaker Lamichhane (2-22) collected his second scalp when Matt Renshaw (19) skied one to Tim David.

But with Short firing on all cylinders, the Strikers remained completely untroubled.

He thumped five sixes in his whirlwind 44-ball knock, pulling Owen for four to raise victory and see the Strikers leapfrog the Melbourne Stars and Renegades off the foot of the points table.

"Our start just wasn't good enough," said Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade, who chopped Harry Conway on for one in the second over.

"When we're relying on Ben McDermott to get off to flyers like we have been, it's going to be hard to win games.

"It has been like that for a little bit.

"Myself, D'Arcy, Peter Handscomb ... as the more experienced players, we need to go and get the majority of the runs.

"I certainly haven't done that the last four or five games and I need to get better and do that."

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