March 30, 2023

Hobart hurricanes 178 for 3 (Jewell 54, McDermott 53). Adelaide attackers 177 for 6 (Lynn 87, Short 38) with seven wickets

Hobart Hurricanes overcame a brutal blow from a revived Chris Lynn to record a vital victory over Adelaide Strikers.

Lynn hit a 58-ball 87 Monday night at Blundstone Arena, his highest score of the summer, as the Strikers posted 177 for 6. taste of his own medicine.

Openers Caleb Jewell (54 off 28 balls) and Ben McDermott (53 off 33) got the chase off to a flying start with an 86-run partnership off 49 balls.

Named Player of the Match, Jewell opened for Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short and hit four sixes, including one off Rashid Khan, who was unusually expensive.

Short and Tim David both finished undefeated on 27 and piloted Hurricanes home with 16 balls to spare. The win, Hurricanes’ third from six games, lifts them off the bottom of the table. Attackers, meanwhile, have lost four straight after a promising 3-0 start to the tournament.

Released by the Brisbane Heat in the off-season, Lynn previously hit nine fours and three sixes after Strikers won the coin toss and opted to bat. He fell to a sharp outfield catch by Jewell at young sailor Mitch Owen’s bowling in the final.

Lynn shared a 72-run partnership with Matthew Short after the early loss to opener Henry Hunt. He raised the bar late alongside New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme, who provided a cameo. Lynn took a particular liking to Short in the 14th over, hitting two fours and a six in an over for 16 runs.

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Spinner Patrick Dooley was the most economical Hurricanes bowler, going for 25 runs from his four overs and also taking Adam Hose’s wicket.

Forwards, who chose to rest the tournament’s leading wicket-taker Henry Thornton, could be worried about injury if Peter Siddle appears to be in pain.