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Adelaide Strikers crowned the new Champion of BBL

Adelaide Strikers crowned the new Champion of BBL

The final will be played between Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.

Nonetheless, the hero of the match was fast bowler Ben Laughlin as he successfully defended 12 runs against Kieron Pollard and Tom Cooper in the final over. "Today I just kept reminding him, just kept telling him to capitalise", Head said of Weatherald.

A blazing Jake Weatherald ton has delivered the Adelaide Strikers a 25-run win against the Hobart Hurricanes and a breakthrough BBL title. The Travis Head-led Strikers side and the Hurricanes franchise captained by George Bailey have never won the BBL. Scores of 65, 3, 56 and then 57 in the semi-final thriller against Melbourne Renegades on Friday night indicated that Weatherald was ready to step up from handy to substantial, and he was helped by some less than precise Hurricanes bowling in doing so.

"We were completely outplayed", Hobart skipper Bailey said.

The 23-year-old Weatherald played the best knock of his young career so far, smashing a 70-ball 115 that included a whopping nine fours and eight sixes. I couldn't fault the bowlers, they were exceptional. Who will lift their maiden Big Bash League Trophy?

In the chase, Cameron White (2) fell in the second over but Marcus Harris (45) and Tim Ludeman (28) got the innings back on track as they reached 64 for one in the powerplay.

"It is unbelievable, it's fantastic, it's pretty special", said Head.

It was the first century in a Big Bash final, and the third highest individual Big Bash score in history behind D'Arcy Short (122*) and Luke Wright (117). Fan are really excited about the final game.

White believed Head should again be released for the BBL finale, given Australia's next T20 isn't until Wednesday.

"It would be nice to play ... we will cross that bridge, I guess, tomorrow and work out what is happening".



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