The score: Adelaide Strikers 4-187 (Alex Carey 100, Jake Weatherald 65; Jofra Archer 3-27) defeated Hobart Hurricanes 4-176 (Alex Doolan 70, Ben McDermott 45; Peter Siddle 1-18) by 11 runs
Match in a tweet: Carey showcases his class with a century to savour in front of his home crowd as the Strikers overcome the Hurricanes #BBL07
The hero: Adelaide Strikers wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey posted the second century of the KFC Big Bash League season after feasting on Hobart Hurricanes’ bowlers at Adelaide Oval. The 26-year-old, who has been touted as an Australian prospect, crunched 100 from 56 balls in a devastating exhibition that included 12 boundaries and four sixes. Carey hammered 22 from the 16th over of the innings, bowled by Dan Christian, to race from 73 to 95. He brought up three figures in the next over, the second player to achieve the feat in the tournament after Hobart opener D’Arcy Short, before he was knocked over by Hurricanes paceman Jofra Archer. He is now the second-highest run-scorer in the competition, behind Short, and has posted 368 runs from eight innings at 61.33 to go with a strike rate of 139.92.
The support cast: Carey’s opening partner Jake Weatherald rebounded from a patchy run in BBL|07 with five boundaries and four sixes in his knock of 65 from 52 balls. Weatherald’s best score from seven innings this tournament before tonight was just 20, underlining his struggles. But he combined with Carey for a magnificent 171-run stand for the first wicket that laid the foundations for an imposing total.
The consolation efforts: Alex Doolan batted through the innings for the Hobart Hurricanes to post his maiden BBL half-century, finishing unbeaten on 70 from 55 balls. He belted three sixes and received support from Ben McDermott (45 from 29 balls), the pair piling on 102 for the third wicket. Archer was the standout with the ball for the Hurricanes, returning 3-27 from his four overs.
The moment: With Carey looking ominous on 43 in the 10th over, the Hurricanes were presented with a golden opportunity to remove one of the Strikers' leading performers. However, Cameron Boyce and Alex Doolan were involved in a mix-up at deep mid-wicket, with Boyce failing to touch the ball before it hit the boundary rope. The visiting side were made to pay the price for the let off as Carey powered his way to three figures and former Australia great Ricky Ponting was far from impressed with the error while on commentary duties for Network 10.
The victim: Dan Christian endured a forgettable night at the bowling crease after earning player-of-the-match honours against the Heat on Monday night. Christian leaked 42 runs from his three overs without claiming a wicket before being run out for two as the Hurricanes pushed for what would have been a magnificent victory given the efforts of Adelaide’s opening batsmen.
The big wicket: Allrounder Michael Neser delivered the telling blow for the Strikers by removing the competition's hottest batsman, D'Arcy Short, for just 28 from 24 balls. Short loomed as the man to take the game away from the hosts, but he was the first man out with the score on 45 after registering 59, 122no, 42, 96 and 97 in his previous five hits and breaking the record for the most runs in a BBL season. While Doolan's superb hand was almost a match-winning one, the loss of Short proved telling in the wash-up.
The fantasy wrap: Carey scored a whopping 152, while Archer (104) and Doolan (78) were also rewarded for their impressive performances.
The next stops: The Hurricanes will be looking to rebound against defending champions the Perth Scorchers at the WACA on Saturday, while the Strikers will meet the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium on Monday.