Thursday, January 5th, 2023


Worcestershire batter, Adam Hose, smashed 38 off 22 balls to help Adelaide Strikers achieve the highest successful run chase in the history of the Big Bash League.

And another Worcestershire newcomer in 2023 Vitality Blast signing, Michael Bracewell, completed his maiden Test half-century for New Zealand on day four of the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi.

It was further evidence of the quality of overseas player that will be entertaining Worcestershire supporters next summer.

Hose struck four sixes, including three in one incident packed over from Faheem Ashraf, as the Strikers overhauled Hobart Hurricanes’ total of 229-4 with three balls to spare.

It lifted his run tally in the 2022-2023 BBL past the 200 mark as he made another important contribution for the Strikers in their fourth win of the campaign.

Strikers captain, Matthew Short, hit a brilliant unbeaten century from 59 balls, but Hose and Chris Lynn (64) provided crucial support in chasing such a demanding target.

Hose came into bat at 132-2 in the 12th over and collected his first boundary over short fine leg off Riley Meredith.

He then lifted Ashraf for his opening six over mid-wicket off a full toss but was then caught off a skier at long on in the same over.

But it was adjudged to be a no-ball because of height, and Hose returned to the crease and lofted two more sixes, backward of square and over long-on, in the space of three balls.

He then hit spinner, Tim David, over long on for his fourth six before being lbw attempting a sweep against the same bowler after adding 73 in 6.3 overs with Short.

New Zealand all-rounder Bracewell batted impressively in reaching his fifty off 102 balls with his eighth four to the point boundary off Abrar Ahmed.

He came to the wicket with New Zealand 128-4 in their second innings, an overall lead of 169, and the game in the balance.

The left-hander featured in a partnership of 127 with Tom Blundell (74), and the Black Caps stretched their lead past 300.

Bracewell advanced to 74 not out from 119 balls with 11 fours when the declaration came at 277-5, setting Pakistan 319 to win, and they reached 0-2 by the close.