Adelaide Adelaide Strikers left-hander Jake Lehmann, the son of Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann, hit a six off his first ever Big Bash League delivery to seal a dramatic last ball win for the Adelaide Strikers over the Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old, making his third appearance for the South Australian franchise, had to hit at least a four, but pummeled Hurricanes quick Simon Milenko over long-off for a maximum to send his team to the top of the domestic T20 competition ladder.
Adelaide win ensures home semi-final
Adelaide Strikers pull off a six-wicket win off the last ball, to end the Hobart Hurricanes' campaign.
The six-wicket triumph, in front of another bumper sell-out crowd of 49,000, booked Adelaide a home semi-final and ensured the Hurricanes were rubbed out of finals contention.
Strikers' opener Tim Ludeman (57 not out) top-scored for the home side, while skipper Brad Hodge (28) impressed until he was dismissed by a lethal yorker from Shaun Tait, who reached 155km/h during a fiery spell.
Milenko was the best of the Hurricanes' bowlers with 3-25 but couldn't deliver his side the win they needed to stay in the hunt.
The Hurricanes, who won the toss and elected to bat, made a promising start but crumbled under sustained pressure.
England legspinner Adil Rashid (2-16) delivered again to take his wicket tally for the tournament to 14.
The crafty spinner's tight spell peaked with a magnificent wrong 'un which ripped through the defence of a hapless Jon Wells.
Hobart skipper Tim Paine (45) set the tone early with an array of aggressive strokes but was run out just short of his half-century.
Michael Hill (32 off 21 balls) pushed the run rate along but the Hurricanes capitulated, with Michael Neser claiming 3-26 and fellow pacemen Greg West (2-24) and Ben Laughlin (2-31) both effective.
Strikers coach Jason Gillespie said his batsmen had looked too comfortable at times.
"We certainly feel we nearly made a meal of that," he said. "With the batting, there was an overriding feeling we left ourselves with too much to do. We needed to shut the game down a lot earlier."
West, who impressed on debut, paid tribute to Lehmann's match-winning heroics.
"I had 100 per cent faith in him when he went out," he said. "He wasn't nervous, he was good to go.
"There were little lulls in the game which we can work on, but we still got the win at the end of the day."