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Weatherald shines as Strikers stay in BBL finals hunt

The Strikers have kept their BBL finals hopes alive with an eight-wicket win over the Hurricanes

Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers | BBL|13

Jake Weatherald has come from the clouds, hitting 80 from 32 balls to keep the Adelaide Strikers' KFC BBL|13 final hopes alive and end the top-four quest of the Hobart Hurricanes.

Weatherald, in at No.3 for the injured Chris Lynn, was unbeaten as the Strikers chased down Hobart's 6-167 with 25 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand.

He whacked nine boundaries and five sixes at Blundstone Arena on Thursday night as he reached double figures for the first time in four games this season.

Returning Weatherald smashes Hurricanes with blistering 80no

Weatherald treated Paddy Dooley with contempt, launching the spinner for three fours and four sixes including a maximum to finish the game. 

Dooley finished with figures of 0-53 from 2.5 overs. 

The result lifts the Strikers from fifth to fourth on the ladder with nine competition points - one ahead of the Melbourne Stars. 

The Hurricanes remain sixth, three competition points adrift of the top four with one game to play. 

Weatherald powers Strikers into top four with back-to-back sixes

Adelaide will be sweating on the fitness of Lynn for their final regular-season game against the Sydney Thunder on Sunday. 

Lynn, who pulled out with a hamstring twinge, told Fox Cricket he was a slim chance of lining up against the Thunder. 

The 33-year-old won't be available to play in the finals - the big-hitter will depart to play in the United Arab Emirates' International League T20 competition. 

Adelaide skipper Matt Short set up the run chase with a 25-ball 39 before Weatherald shared a 108-run partnership with Adam Hose (25 not out from 21 deliveries).

Earlier, spinner Cameron Boyce had been at his miserly best, taking 2-17 from four overs after the Strikers opted to field first. 

It was the second time Boyce had tormented the Hurricanes in three days, having taken 3-13 in a player-of-the-match performance in Tuesday's win. 

Mac Wright top-scored for Hobart with 37 from 27 balls before he was undone by Boyce in the 13th over to a line-ball stumping call from the third umpire. 

Tim David, who has struggled for runs, hit a 10-ball 22 to give the Hurricanes a boost late in the innings. 

Hobart welcomed back Matthew Wade from back issues but the opener only managed 14 from 12 deliveries. 

The Hurricanes were slow out of the blocks, struggling to 2-68 after 10 overs.

KFC BBL|13 standings

Matches played
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Net Run Rate
Total points
1 Brisbane Heat Men Brisbane Heat Men HEA 10 7 1 0 2 0.972 0 16
2 Sydney Sixers Men Sydney Sixers Men SIX 10 6 2 0 2 0.339 0 14
3 Perth Scorchers Men Perth Scorchers Men SCO 10 6 3 0 1 0.725 0 13
4 Adelaide Strikers Men Adelaide Strikers Men STR 10 5 4 0 1 0.331 0 11
5 Hobart Hurricanes Men Hobart Hurricanes Men HUR 10 4 6 0 0 -0.268 0 8
6 Melbourne Stars Men Melbourne Stars Men STA 10 4 6 0 0 -1.051 0 8
7 Melbourne Renegades Men Melbourne Renegades Men REN 10 2 6 0 2 -0.288 0 6
8 Sydney Thunder Men Sydney Thunder Men THU 10 1 7 0 2 -0.652 0 4

M: Matches played

W: Wins

L: Losses

T: Ties

N/R: No results

NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

PTS: Total points

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