Scorchers Strike out the Strikers
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
5th Match: Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth, Dec 23, 2016, Cricket Highlights.
It was a dominant performance, both with the bat and ball, from the Perth Scorchers as they went on to win their first match against by the Adelaide Strikers by 48 runs.
Brad Hodge, who won the toss for the second consecutive time, once again elected to field first. At first, it seemed that he might have made the right call as Michael Neser struck in the very first over to send Michael Klinger back in the pavilion. But later on, it was all Scorchers as their batsmen made good use of the batting conditions and piled on a huge first innings score.
Ian Bell, who was making his debut in the BBL, provided the Scorchers with the right kind of a start and laid the foundation for the rest of the batters. He played a terrific knock of 42-ball 61 and first with Sam Whiteman and then Mitchell Marsh, gelled the Perth innings together. He brought his experience to play and instead of smashing the ball, focused on timing and placement to score his runs. He was well supported by Marsh, who played a few big shots and scored a quickfire 31.
The Strikers did manage to make a comeback when they got three wickets in the space of 13 runs – the most important wicket was the run out of Bell, who was looking really dangerous. The wickets, however, didn’t slow down the Scorchers as they scored 63 runs in the last five overs to finish with a total of 197 on the board. It was the ‘Ashton’ duo of Turner (44*) and Agar (16), who played brilliantly down the order to help their team finish with a bang.
David Willey, who couldn’t do much with the bat, made up with the ball in his hands as he got rid of both the openers in back-2-back overs. The Strikers suffered another jolt in the very next over Jhye Richardson getting Travis Head caught behind. As a result, they were reeling at 15/3 at the end of 4 overs.
Brad Hodge (56) offered some counter-attack from his side, but sadly for him, none of the other batsmen was able to stand alongside him and build a partnership. They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and at one stage were down and out of the game with the scoreboard reading 88/7.
Thanks to some late striking down the order from Kane Richardson - who played a handy knock of 45 runs - the Strikers managed to finish with some sort of a respectable total.
Ashton Turner was adjudged the Man of the Match for his valuable knock of 44 runs and also bowling two economical overs (2-0-6-0).
- Michael Klinger
- Ian Bell
- Adam Voges (c)
- Sam Whiteman (wk)
- Mitchell Marsh
- Ashton Turner
- David Willey
- Mitchell Johnson
- Ashton Agar
- Andrew Tye
- Jhye Richardson
- Ben Dunk (wk)
- Jake Weatherald
- Travis Head
- Brad Hodge (c)
- Kieron Pollard
- Jake Lehmann
- Chris Jordan
- Michael Neser
- Kane Richardson
- Liam O'Connor
- Billy Stanlake