A SCREAMER of a catch by the Adelaide Strikers' Kane Richardson helped his side to a convincing 38-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive on Saturday night. Set 163 to win, the Hurricanes fell apart once key men Ricky Ponting (26 from 25) and Tim Paine (33 from 31) went and finished at 8-124.
Richardson brought back memories of Glenn McGrath at Adelaide Oval when he dived in the outfield to dismiss last season's leading runscorer Travis Birt (one). The lanky paceman looked to have misjudged the chance as he moved towards deep extra cover but threw out his right hand only for the ball to stick.
He raised his arms to the crowd on the Bellerive hill as his teammates celebrated with the Hurricanes reduced to 4-63.
The win keeps the Strikers in the hunt for the finals, while Hobart blew a chance to go second on the ladder and all but wrap up a semi.
T LUDEMAN c Laughlin b Doherty 3
M KLINGER not out 71
K POLLARD b Gulbis 9
C FERGUSON run out (Shah) 32
N REARDON c Laughlin b Styris 29
J BOTHA not out 12
Sundries (5lb, 1w) 6
Total (4 wkts - 20 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 4 (Ludeman), 20 (Pollard), 79 (Ferguson), 149 (Reardon)
Bowling: X Doherty 4-0-25-1, D Bollinger 4-0-30-0, E Gulbis 4-0-35-1, S Styris 4-0-42-1 (1w), B Laughlin 4-0-25-0
T PAINE c Neser b Boyce 33
A BLIZZARD c Ferguson b Tait 0
R PONTING c Botha b Boyce 26
T BIRT c Richardson b Boyce 1
O SHAH b Richardson 9
G BAILEY c Pollard b Neser 17
S STYRIS c Ludeman b Botha 1
E GULBIS b Richardson 2
X DOHERTY not out 15
B LAUGHLIN not out 8
Sundries (10lb, 2w) 12
Total (8 wkts - 20 overs) 124
Fall of wickets: 10 (Blizzard), 56 (Ponting), 63 (Paine), 63 (Birt), 85 (Shah), 93 (Bailey), 94 (Styris), 101 (Gulbis)
Bowling: B Young 4-0-17-0, S Tait 4-0-23-1, K Richardson 4-0-26-2 (1w), J Botha 4-0-23-1 (1w), C Boyce 3-0-17-3, M Neser 1-0-8-1
Result: Adelaide Strikers won by 38 runs
Man of the Match: Cameron Boyce