248dThe Report by Alex Malcolm

Weatherald ton seals Strikers' maiden BBL title

Weatherald clubbed the Hurricanes bowlers to all corners of the Adelaide Oval, ensuring that the Strikers did not feel the absence of Rashid Khan and Billy Stanlake

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

J Weatherald
115(70) 9x4 - 8x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 48 runs
  • 2x4 - 6x6
10 4 23 30 22 7 1 18
DJM Short
68(44) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
0 0 1 14 13 24 9 7

Best performances - Bowlers

PM Siddle
PM Siddle
O4
M1
R17
W3
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
TM Head
TM Head
O3
M0
R30
W1
Eco10.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Adelaide Strikers , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Adelaide Strikers won the 2017/18 Big Bash League

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50-19.20

Match days

04 February 2018 (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

END OF OVER:
20 | 13 Runs | HH: 177/5 (26 runs required, RR: 8.85)

  • Simon Milenko9 (7b)
  • Daniel Christian29 (19b)
  • Ben Laughlin4-0-43-0
  • Michael Neser4-0-34-0

7.08pm Presentation time.

D'Arcy Short is the Player of the Tournament. "Didn't really go our way at the start but the Strikers bowled well, batted well and played better," he says. "It's been a good couple of months. Didn't go our way today, let's see how it goes from here."

Jake Weatherald is the Man of the Match. "I wasn't feeling great walking out. Few nerves, but it came off well and plenty of support from Heady (Travis Head)."

"Now's not the time to lament too much," says Hurricanes captain George Bailey. "Very deserving Adelaide Strikers team. Absolutely well-deserved, guys. Well done. Our sponsors do a fantastic job, to the people of Hoabrt, the coaching staff.. it's a budy tournament, and to the guys who aren't playing, it can be hard but well done for keeping your chins up."

"Few opportunities in the past that we haven't taken," says Strikers captain Travis Head. "The fans expect us to win and it's nice to repay that faith. Weatherald won us the game with the bat and did fantastically. To George and Hobart, they've been fantastic. Special mention to D'Arcy who's been unbelievable throughout the tournament, so well done. To all the guys, it's fantastic to do it in front of our fans, so well done."

Now, the Strikers players come forward to collect their winners' medals. Travis Head's name comes up last. Along with coach Jason Gillespie, he lifts the trophy as the BBL title comes home to Adelaide for the first time amid a thunderous ovation from the crowd. We leave you with those pictures. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of this match and the tournament. It's been our pleasure to bring it to you. Cheers!

6.56pm Laughlin jumps and pumps his fists. The Strikers lift their maiden BBL crown. They gather into a huddle to celebrate their win. Thoroughly outclassed the Hurricanes today. The contrast could not have been starker. Hurricanes' bowers showed everything you shouldn't do in a T20 game; Strikers' bowlers put on a T20 clinic. Changes in pace, stifling the batsmen for room, yorkers, back-of-the-hand variations, there was just about everything you look for in a T20. Not to forget a blazing century from Jake Weatherald, who feasted on error after error from the Hurricanes bowlers to blitz one of the finest BBL hundreds you'll see. Hardly wasted a delivery, rotated the strike and kept dispatching the ball into the stands. Was especially generous in his entertainment of the folks beyond the deep midwicket boundary.

"Amazing, says an emotional Travis Head as he struggles for words. "Pretty special. Questions oer the squad. We got a lot of different guys but they all backed each other. It's worked well. The bowlers were unbelievable. They were all match-winners."

"I obviously dream of this when I go to bed, ut never imagined this, says Jake Weatherald. "They've been so supportive and it's the best way to repay them. I was going to keep it simple when I went out. I had a few chats with a few guys around the country who gave me words of wisdom. Carey's great, so good batting with him. It was cool to get a century in front of my parents and play in front of such a crowd."

Sooryanarayanan: "Rashid Khan or D'Arcy Short probably the Man of the Tournament?"

Manish Vanotra : "The strikers strike gold. Awesome performance by the Adelaide Strikers. "

Kapil: "Between overs 7-15, Hobart scrored 61 runs. With so much fire power, you can't slow down. Weatherald had his day cos of some poor bowling. No plan at all, bowled short and short. It's a shame to see a one sided final. Both WBBL and BBL"

Rohit: "This is very impressive come back by Strikers bowlers after good hitting by Bailey and Short early on, especially without Rashid and Stanlake"

19.6
0
Laughlin to Milenko, no run, full toss but dipping on him outside off. Can't make contact

Crowd on their feet for the last ball

19.5
1
Laughlin to Christian, 1 run, full, a set of stumps outside off, carved away one-bounce to long-off
19.4
0
Laughlin to Christian, no run, wide yorker, jams the bat down and the ball sneaks through from underneath
19.3
2
Laughlin to Christian, 2 runs, very full outside off, drilled to the right of long-off and scampers back for the second
19.2
4
Laughlin to Christian, FOUR runs, full, brings those powerful wrists into play again as he shovels it between midwicket and long-on
19.1
6
Laughlin to Christian, SIX runs, and the first one's vanished over the deep midwicket boundary. Christian shovels it from outside off, slightly off the toe-end. Didn't look like a clean connection but what does it matter? Goes for six nonetheless

Strikers six balls away from their maiden BBL title. And it will be Laughlin to bowl that over. He has a million to defend.

Hurricanes 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st6TD PaineDJM Short
2nd81GJ BaileyDJM Short
3rd33DJM ShortBR McDermott
4th25DT ChristianDJM Short
5th0DT ChristianMS Wade
6th32DT ChristianS Milenko

Big Bash League

TeamMWLPTNRR
PS1082160.154
AS1073140.801
MR1064120.297
HH105510-0.291
SS104680.331
ST10468-0.039
BH10468-0.437
MS10284-0.926