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Big Bash League: Siddle takes fifer in Strikers win

Adelaide Strikers captain Peter Siddle saluted the complete performance from his side as they defeated the Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night.

The Strikers are priced at 20/1 to win the Big Bash League and picked up a morale-boosting win in devastating fashion with Siddle himself in hot form.

Siddle fifer

The Strikers skipper took 5-23 as the Hurricanes were skittled out for a total of just 126 runs, and they reached the total with 29 balls to spare.

While Siddle starred with the ball, Matt Short was the hero with the bat when smashing a career-best total of 72.

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The win also brought to an end a six-game losing streak and Siddle was just relieved to see it all come together for once. 

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

Canes not good enough

The Hurricanes were facing an uphill battle after losing star batsman, the BBL's leading run-scorer Ben McDermott for just 11 runs.

D'Arcy Short top-scored with 32 but it was not enough to set a big enough target and skipper Matthew Wade, who only managed one run, admits the poor start cost them.

"Our start just wasn't good enough," Wade said. "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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