Matt Short
Matt Short cracked 82 off just 41 balls for the Adelaide Strikers against Sydney Thunder in the BBL. Image by Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS
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Shorts stand tall in Strikers’ win over Sydney Thunder

Steve Barrett December 20, 2023

Matt Short’s masterclass and Adam Hose’s clutch hitting at the death have lifted the Adelaide Strikers to a thrilling six-wicket win over the Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval.

After Cameron Bancroft (74) anchored the Thunder’s 7-200 on Tuesday night, Short (82) led the reply superbly in his first match as permanent captain before Hose raised victory with two deliveries remaining with a towering six.

“It was a really true wicket and chasing 200 is always on the cards here,” Short said.

“Playing for Australia and different tournaments around the world the last 12 months, I definitely feel confident.”

Short, who pounded six sixes in his 41-ball knock, and unrelated namesake D’Arcy Short (66) put on 139 for the first wicket and had the hosts in control before the skipper’s departure led to the scoring rate slowing down.

Chris Lynn (14) was uncharacteristically subdued as the asking rate escalated to 35 required from the last three overs.

Adelaide took the power surge and lost Lynn, bowled by a Zaman Khan yorker, before Jake Weatherald (five) was run out in amateurish fashion, beaten by Zaman’s direct hit while dawdling to the non-striker’s end.

But Hose (28no off nine balls) kept his cool, striking three boundaries off Nathan McAndrew in the 19th over before going 4-2-6 off Zaman in the 20th, immediately after Weatherald’s embarrassment.

Earlier, Bancroft continued to press his claims for higher honours, translating his rich red-ball form to the shortest format and giving the Thunder a strong platform.

Cameron Bancroft
 Opener Cameron Bancroft smashed 74 off 54 balls in a losing effort for the Sydney Thunder. Image by Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS 

“When you put 200 on the board, you feel like you’ve got enough runs,” Bancroft said.

“We had short, sharp, quick partnerships but didn’t quite have the partnerships that went the distance.”

English blaster Alex Hales (18) was bowled by Matt Short attempting his fourth successive boundary before Matt Gilkes (0) departed first ball during a frenetic powerplay.

No.3 Ollie Davies (32) fell to a superb catch from Matt Short before Bancroft and Alex Ross (46) combined for an entertaining 82-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Daniel Sams tweaked his groin while tumbling for a run in his brief innings but was able to bowl, seemingly without discomfort.

Big Englishman Jamie Overton impressed in his BBL debut, snaring 2-29 and taking a wonderful outfield catch to dismiss  McAndrew in the 20th over.