Hobart strike off seven-year WBBL curse

Heather Graham's maiden WBBL half-century has helped Hobart climb into the competition's top four with a 23-run win over a scrappy Adelaide.

After Graham's even 50 helped Hobart to 4-152, Nicola Carey became the Hurricanes' all-time leading wicket-taker as her 2-24 kept the Strikers to 4-129.

The result marked the Hurricanes' first win over the Strikers since the opening weeks of the inaugural WBBL competition seven years ago, and has significant ramifications for this year's tournament.

After not playing finals since 2016-17, Hobart are now above defending champions Perth and into fourth with a game in hand on most teams in front of them.

Adelaide are still ahead of them in third with four games to play, but could have leapfrogged Brisbane and Sydney Sixers into first with a win on Friday night at Karen Rolton Oval.

And the Strikers largely had their fielding to blame.

They dropped Elyse Villani on zero, Carey on 10 and Graham on 20.

Combined, they added an extra 91 to their scores with Villani hitting 47 up top and Carey finishing 24no.

In comparison, the Hurricanes caught brilliantly when it mattered before Villani spilled a couple of late chances.

Graham took a nice running catch on the boundary to remove Deandra Dottin for 15 off Carey, while Amy Smith pouched Tahlia McGrath (27) coming forward and low to the ground just as the allrounder looked to get going.

That left Laura Wolvaardt to take control of the chase, but when Strano (2-21) darted in one wide outside off to have her stumped for 45, the game was essentially done.

Elsewhere, Brisbane have lost the competition's leading run-scorer Georgia Redmayne to a hamstring injury for their clash with Hobart on Saturday.

Heat coaching staff are confident she will return before the finals in a little over a week, with Redmayne enhancing her hopes of an Australian call-up with 333 runs at 41.62 in the tournament.