The Adelaide Strikers have fallen just short of a ridiculous comeback following a disastrous start to their run chase.
Chasing 175 runs to win, the Strikers appeared to be done and dusted when they fell to 9-102 and needing 73 off 34 deliveries to win.
Openers Phil Salt (8) and Jake Weatherald (1) were unable to fire the Strikers, both dismissed within the first three overs of Adelaide’s run chase.
And it didn’t get any easier for the visitors with Harry Nielsen (8), Jonathan Wells (0), Ryan Gibson (7) and Rashid Khan (0) all failing to notch at least 10 runs.
But just when the match seemed destined to end, No.8 Daniel Worrall and No.11 Danny Briggs combined for a tournament record 61-run 10th wicket stand.
Worrall, 62 not out, and Briggs, 35 not out, both turned the game on its head when Adelaide from the final two overs needed just 25 runs to win before the Hurricanes held on in a tense final over. The pair needed 18 runs from the final over but couldn’t get their side over the line.
“It was definitely a lot tighter than what we wanted towards the end. They rode their luck a bit,” Hurricanes batsman D’Arcy Short said.
Worrall said he hoped today’s loss would be a learning lesson for the Strikers.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t get it done but we’ll take some lessons into the rest of the tournament,” he said.