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The Adelaide Strikers have won a fifth game in a row to keep their BBL series alive, crushing the Hobart Hurricanes at the MCG on Friday night by 22 runs.

The Strikers snuck into the finals after a late season flurry of wins and will now play in Sunday’s Knockout against the Sydney Thunder as the competition’s form team.

Having won the bat flip, the Strikers batted first and raced out the blocks with Alex Carey and Matthew Short putting on a 145-run opening stand.

The departure of Carey for 67 off 45 balls in the 15th over triggered a big late collapse of 6-39 – but the Strikers still posted an imposing total of 189.

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In reply, things went wrong for the Hurricanes early with the competition’s leading run-scorer, Ben McDermott, caught in the deep after three balls off the bowling of Matt Short.

Things then went from bad to worse three overs later when fellow big gun Matthew Wade was dismissed by Peter Siddle for a run-a-ball seven.

Caleb Jewell made 35 off 31 before Harry Conway had him caught behind to leave the Hurricanes at 3-67 after 9.1 overs.

D’Arcy Short began to threaten a major boilover when he reached 56 off 34 balls, taking the winning equation down to a manageable 67 off 34 balls.

But when he holed out the following delivery to a brilliant diving catch by Ian Cockbain, the hill became too steep.

The very next delivery, Peter Handscomb (15 off 13) skied a delivery to put Henry Thornton on a hat-trick.

Thornton didn’t claim the hat-trick but the wickets did continue to fall with the dismissals of Jordan Thompson (3) and Tom Rogers (1), amounting to a loss of 4-8.

Tim David hit back-to-back sixes in the 17th over to provide a brief counter punch and leave the Hurricanes needing 46 from the final three overs. But after one more boundary in the 18th over, he holed out for 21 off 10 balls to give Siddle another wicket.

Siddle then bowled Wil Parker for four, and finished the game by doing the same to Riley Meredith, finishing with brilliant figures of 4-32.

Earlier, the Strikers’ topscorer, Short, fell just 11 runs short of a blistering century as he skied a delivery off Wil Parker to be caught for 89 off just 48 balls.

Short had been dropped on 15 by Tom Rogers in what was an absolute sitter.

“It’s just the worst possible end to a power play,” Mike Hussey said in commentary at the time. “Rogers made a meal of that one.”

Michael Vaughan added: “It’s as easy as they come.”

Three other dropped catches, of varying difficulties, came during the innings which saw the Hurricanes come under fire from Hussey.

“There’s attitude problems here,” he said midway through the innings. “The attitude is not right for the Hurricanes … they’re not switched on at all here.”

Vaughan said: “The wheels are off early”.

Meanwhile, returning Ashes player-of-the-series, Travis Head, was gone for just five on the night during the Strikers’ collapse.

Riley Meredith and Tom Rogers both took 2-37, Scott Boland claimed 1-32 and Wil Parker 1-42.

For the Strikers, Conway took 2-32 and Thornton 2-25.

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