All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W4, Adelaide Strikers W6
Last meeting: Hobart Hurricanes beat Adelaide Strikers by 10 wickets
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Adam Griffith
Captain: Matthew Wade
Hobart Hurricanes bounced back from their shock defeat to Sydney Sixers by ominously seeing off Brisbane Heat as they easily chased down the 145 runs posted by the Heat to confirm their spot in the play-offs.
The Hurricanes have now won nine of their 11 matches in BBL08 and are all but guaranteed to finish top of the ladder after the nine-wicket victory against the Heat left them in a dominant position.
D’Arcy Short has once again been a key man for the Hurricanes and his unbeaten 68 saw him surpass 500 runs for the second straight year and his in-form side are likely to be unchanged here although Tom Rogers is called into the squad in place of Riley Meredith because of illness.
Coach: Jason Gillespie
Captain: Colin Ingram
Adelaide Strikers’ chances of retaining their title are hanging by a thread as they enter last chance saloon following their defeat to Sydney Sixers as they went down by eight wickets after struggling to 124/8 in their 20 overs.
The Strikers will need to win all three games from this point just to give themselves a chance of making the play-offs and even that might not be enough if other results do not go their way in what has been a disappointing campaign for Jason Gillespie’s men.
Peter Siddle’s return to the side was short lived with him re-joining the Australian Test squad while Matt Short has also been left out after a string of poor performances and they are replaced in the 13-man squad by Harry Nielsen and Wes Agar.
Hobart Hurricanes will be relishing this match-up against a side that they hammered by 10 wickets in their previous meeting as they look to consolidate their place at the top of the ladder. The Hurricanes have well and truly cemented their place as the side to beat and should add yet another win here against the struggling Strikers. Adelaide look like heading out of the competition and their fate will be sealed with another heavy loss here whilst also confirming that the Hurricanes secure top spot.