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Big Bash League: Strikers run continues

The Adelaide Strikers continue to go from strength-to-strength after beating the Hobart Hurricanes by 22 runs to book their place in the BBL11 knockout final.

The Strikers are priced at 13/2 to go all the way and win the Big Bash League and their confidence will be growing as they continue to pick up the victories.

Five wins on the bounce

Matt Short, Alex Carey and Peter Siddle all caught the eye against the Canes at the MCG on Friday night and they will now face the Sydney Thunder at the same venue on Sunday.

Short blasted a career-best 89 runs and partnered returning Australian Test star Alex Carey, who chipped in with 67 runs,  as the Strikers made 6-188.

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It was then left to the resurgent skipper Peter Siddle to star with the ball and his figures of 4-32 helped dismiss the Hurricanes for 166.

It is an amazing turnaround for a Strikers side that just 11 days ago were sat at the bottom of the Big Bash ladder and Siddle has saluted the players.

"Amazing turnaround from where we were a week-and-a-half ago - it's not that long ago," said Siddle. "I got a couple of cheap ones at the end. I'm pretty lucky that I get to do that.

"What a handy inclusion Alex Carey (was), starting it off nicely with Shorty."

Missed chances

Short and Carey put on a stand of 145 runs for the first wicket which set up the win but it may have been a different story had the Canes been better in the field.

Tom Rogers dropped Short when he was on just 15 runs, Carey had a couple of let-offs while the fielding in general was sloppy.

"We dropped a few chances early and that was probably the game," Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade said. "If we take them, we're probably chasing 175 and we don't have to go as hard in those middle overs."

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