Adelaide Strikers veteran Peter Siddle is showing no signs of slowing down, taking career-best figures to lead his side to a comfortable BBL win over Hobart Hurricanes.
The 36-year-old claimed 5-16 from 3.3 overs on a seam-friendly deck in Launceston on Tuesday night to help roll the Hurricanes for 146.
Strikers’ opener Jake Weatherald then guided the chase with an unbeaten 68 from 48 as Adelaide registered a five-wicket win, their first of the summer.
Adelaide were wobbling at 2-9 but Weatherald knocked off a big chunk of the runs alongside the steady hand of skipper Alex Carey (55).
Siddle earlier took the new ball and had Hurricanes’ linchpin D’Arcy Short caught behind for just two before returning late to run through the lower order.
“He just doesn’t miss his length and he’s so consistent in Twenty20 cricket,” Weatherald said of Siddle.
“He’s one of the best bowlers in the competition … bowls good yorkers, good length and can bowl in any situation.
“You just throw him the ball and he gets the job done.”
After being sent in, Hobart fell to 3-20 before Ben McDermott and South African import Colin Ingram launched a mini-recovery.
Fresh off a century for Australia A against India in the pink-ball tour game, McDermott hit 46 from 33, while Ingram scored 46 from 35.
Adelaide’s Wes Agar (2-28) removed the dangerous Ingram in the 16th over as the Hurricanes were looking to launch.
Hobart were all out in the final over when Siddle clean bowled Riley Meredith.
For the first time under new rules introduced this season, both teams used their X-factor substitute players at the 10-over mark.
The Hurricanes, down 3-70 at the time, opted to bolster their batting by replacing spinner Johan Botha with Mac Wright.
However, Wright didn’t have the desired impact, becoming one of Siddle’s victims for 15.
Adelaide took out spinner Danny Briggs, whose one over went for 15, and included allrounder Matt Short who bowled six balls and was out for a golden duck.
Under the rule, teams can bring in one of two reserves into their XI, provided they haven’t batted or bowled more than one over.
It was the Hurricanes’ first loss of the tournament after winning their first two matches.