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Strikers maintain perfect record

January 01, 2015 10:43:53 UK

Shaun Tait took three wickets as the Strikers defeated Hobart.

Adelaide Strikers are firmly on track for a maiden Big Bash League finals spot after beating Hobart Hurricanes by eight wickets.

The Strikers have won their first three matches of the season for the first time, and overcame Hobart in front of a record 43,000 domestic crowd at Adelaide Oval.

The win put the Strikers in top spot in the standings on net run rate, ahead of the Sydney Sixers.

They restricted the visitors to 8-136 thanks to three wickets from Shaun Tait and economical bowling from Craig Simmons and Adam Zampa.

Adelaide then rattled off their required runs with 5.3 overs to spare as Tim Ludeman and Jono Dean both made half-centuries.

Dean finished unbeaten on 54 from 35 balls, hitting six sixes and sharing in a 75-run stand with wicketkeeper Ludeman.

Dean, a late call-up to the squad after Brad Hodge injured his arm in the nets, equalled the Strikers’ best mark for sixes in a game.

Ludeman had blasted the fasted BBL 50 off 18 balls in the first-up home win against the Melbourne Stars, and this time hit 54 from 33 deliveries.

National selector Mark Waugh indicated Ludeman, who hit three sixes off one Ben Hilfenhaus over, would come into the reckoning for World Cup selection.

“He will be mentioned for sure,” said Waugh. “It was a great innings, hit it as clean as a whistle and made it look very easy. He was very still at the crease.”

Tait’s reverse swing accounted for Evan Gulbis, caught behind by Ludeman for two. He picked up his other two wickets in consecutive overs as he bowled Darren Sammy and had Joe Mennie out lbw.

The Hurricanes were four down for 51 when Jonathan Wells came to the middle and pushed them through to a competitive total with an unbeaten 58 from 36 balls, including two sixes.

Hobart areĀ 1.72 to win their next match against Brisbane Heat, who are 2.10.

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