Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers

  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 22:21 GMT

Adelaide Strikers boosted their hopes of making the knockout stages of the Big Bash League with a 38-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes.

  • Michael Klinger: Hit eight fours in his 61-ball knock of 71 for the Strikers
  • Cameron Boyce celebrates one of his three wickets with wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman 

Opener Michael Klinger top-scored with an unbeaten 71 as the Strikers, having opted to bat first after winning the toss, overcame a rocky start to post 162 for four from their 20 overs.

Tim Ludeman (three) and Kieron Pollard (nine) both fell early for Adelaide before Klinger and Cameron Ferguson, who made 32, combined in a crucial 59-run stand for the third wicket.

Klinger - who hit eight fours in his 61-ball knock - then added a further 70 with Nathan Reardon, New Zealander Scott Stryis coming in for some particularly harsh punishment from the pair as his four overs cost 42 runs.

Hobart's reply saw Aiden Blizzard fall for a duck at the end of the second over, but wicketkeeper Tim Paine (33) and Ricky Ponting (26) put on 46.

However, Cameron Boyce turned the game in Adelaide's favour, dismissing both well-set batsmen in back-to-back overs.

The leg-spinner also had Travis Burt caught for a single two balls after removing Ponting, meaning he finished with impressive figures of 3-17 from three overs.

Kane Richardson weighed in with two for 26 as the Hurricanes collapsed from 56 for one to 94 for seven.

They eventually finished on 124 for eight, well adrift of their required total, meaning they drop out of the top four in the standings.

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