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Strikers win first Big Bash League title

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Home captain Travis Head flipped the coin and Hobart's George Bailey shouted "heads".

The coin fell tails up and Head wasted no time in declaring Adelaide would bat first on their home deck.

The Strikers had batted first in every match at home this summer, winning all of them coming into the final with an average first innings score of 165.

The opening combination of Alex Carey and Weatherald has worked wonders for the Strikers all season, and they raced out of the blocks again today.

They had put on 41 before Carey (18 from 16 balls) chopped one on from Jofra Archer.

Weatherald finished the powerplay in style, going 4, 6 against Riley Meredith as Adelaide reached 1-53.

Weatherald has come into his own as the tournament has progressed, and the 23-year-old underlined why he's so highly rated with a stunning century. Weatherald didn't pass 20 in his first seven innings of this tournament, which yielded a total of 87 runs.

Then something clicked, and he came into this final with three fifties in his past four innings, but this knock was next level. Powerful brutality mixed with clever strike rotation, he targeted the square boundaries both sides of the wicket and became the first man to hit a century in a Big Bash final.

The result: Adelaide Strikers 2-202 (Weatherald 115, Head 44*) beat Hobart Hurricanes 5-177 (Short 68, Bailey 46, Siddle 3-17) by 25 runs

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