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Big names released from national duty for BBL decider at Adelaide Oval

Big names released from national duty for BBL decider at Adelaide Oval

A blazing Jake Weatherald ton has delivered the Adelaide Strikers a 25-run win against the Hobart Hurricanes and a breakthrough BBL title.

After close to two months of some exciting entertainment, the Big Bash League has finally come to a close. So, they were qualified for the semi final as one of the four teams and they were scheduled to play 2nd semi final against the 3rd placeholder team named Melbourne Renegades.

Both have been huge reasons why the Hurricanes and Strikers have been big surprise packets this season, with them laying the foundation at the top.

Cricket Australia had originally planned for players to remain with the national Twenty20 squad during the BBL finals, robbing the competition of a number of its biggest stars.

The Strikers pipped the Melbourne Renegades by one run in a Friday night semifinal thriller at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide STrikers won the toss and changed the usual decision and elected to bat first.

Weatherald was ably supported by captain Travis Head with an unbeaten 44 off 29 balls, but rather than focus on his performance the Australia worldwide hailed the Strikers' unity as they claimed the title in their first final.

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The Strikers have compiled an extremely formidable total on the back of Weatherald's astonishing knock, with their 2/202 looking set to be a very hard chase for the Hurricanes.

The 23-year-old has scored 383 runs during the BBL07 from 12 innings at an average of just under 32, but the form he has showed in the final and two innings before (57 and 56) will surely have put Australian selectors on notice. They lost four wickets.

However, Head (85 not out) and Jake Weatherald (57) played positively and struck two boundaries each to help the Strikers reach 54 for one in the powerplay.

Kieron Pollard ... missed out for Renegades off the last ball of the match.

And when paceman Peter Siddle dismissed Ben McDermott - who copped an lbw shocker to a ball tracking well down leg side - the visitors required an unlikely 82 runs from 30 balls.