D’Arcy Short has cracked a Big Bash League half-century as the Hobart Hurricanes survived a last-wicket scare in their 11-run win over the Adelaide Strikers.
Coming off a first-ball duck in Hobart’s season opening win over the Sixers, Short bounced back with 72 from 48 balls, which included three sixes and a four from one Rashid Khan over.
He was given a life on 23 when Dan Worrall dropped a sitter at fine leg off Peter Siddle.
Short was battling at around a run-a-ball until throwing the kitchen sink at Khan in an over that went for 25, his most expensive in the BBL.
Chasing 5-174, the Strikers collapsed to 9-102 in the 15th over before tailenders Worrall and English import Danny Briggs combined for a tournament record 61-run 10th wicket stand.
It was also the second highest last-wicket partnership in any domestic or international T20 match.
Worrall (62 from 39) and Briggs (35 from 18) got the chase down to 18 run off the final over but veteran Hobart seamer Scott Boland conceded just five.
“It was definitely a lot tighter than what we wanted towards the end. They rode their luck a bit,” Short said.
Hurricanes speedster Riley Meredith took 2-30 and pulled off a soccer-style run-out in his follow through, while James Faulkner claimed three scalps.
After being sent in at Blundstone Arena on Sunday, Short shared a 63-run opening partnership with Englishman Will Jacks (34 from 25).
Short fell in the 15th over to Wes Agar, who was the pick of Adelaide bowlers with 2-28 from four overs.
The runs came after a lean Twenty20 three-match series against India earlier this month.
“I would have liked a few more runs in that series but it wasn’t to be. Hopefully I can take that momentum into games coming up,” Short said.
Tim David, coming off a half-century in the Hurricanes win over the Sixers, hit a valuable 21 from 13 at the death.
Worrall, who was dragged from the attack after bowling two no-balls above waist height late in the Hobart innings, said the Strikers needed a miracle chase.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t get it done but we’ll take some lessons into the rest of the tournament.”