Adelaide Strikers top Big Bash League after 8-wicket win

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The Adelaide Strikers kept their unbeaten run going in the Big Bash 2014 and moved to the top of the table as they completed a comfortable 8-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Hurricanes made a faltering start to their innings, with Ben Dunk being dismissed for a second ball duck. Only Alex Hales (29) managed a vaguely credible score from the Hobart top order.

When Ben Hilfenhaus was dismissed for just 5, the Hurricanes were at 99-8, but thanks to Jonathan Wells, who managed 58 not out off 36, the away side managed to post 136-8, with 19 runs coming off the last over.

Shaun Tait was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-22, including the crucial wicket of Darren Sammy.

However, the Strikers made light work of the total and won with 33 balls to spare, thanks to fifties from Tim Ludeman (54 off 33) and Jono Dean (54 not out off 35). Dean hit the winning runs with a maximum over square leg.

The defeat leaves the Hurricanes in fifth place with one win so far, and they are straight back in action with a game against the Brisbane Heat on Friday 2nd January.

The Strikers, meanwhile, face the Heat in their next game on January 4th, and they will travel to Brisbane for their encounter on Sunday.

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