The Perth Scorchers have produced another sensational bowling performance led by veteran Brad Hogg to claim a remarkable 18-run victory over the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night.
Hogg, upon his return from a hamstring injury, took 2-11 from his four overs which included 16 dot balls, as the Scorchers somehow defended 6-133.
Adelaide looked likely to extend their perfect run to five after continuing their strong form with the ball in the first innings, restricting the visitors to a meagre total.
But Perth’s bowling unit was equally impressive, removing the hosts for 115 with three balls to spare in front of 42,654 spectators.
A superb mid-innings performance from Hogg helped steer Perth to victory. Hogg removed Travis Head (14) and Strikers debutant Ryan ten Doeschate (4), while Alex Ross was run out for a duck with the delivery following Head’s dismissal.
Andrew Tye chipped in with 2-20, Ashton Agar collected 2-24, Yasir Arafat (2-29) and Jason Behrendorff (1-24) all contributed. Adelaide’s best with the bat were openers Tim Ludeman (22) and Craig Simmons (17) who got them off to a good start.
The home side won their second toss of the tournament and elected to bowl, unsurprising given they’d won four matches from as many starts this season by taking to the field first.
The Scorchers were slow off the mark and posted just six runs in the first two overs, before Michael Klinger and Marcus Harris combined in the third over to produce 15 runs. But Adelaide then ripped through Perth’s top order, Ben Laughlin starting the rot by dismissing Harris for just nine runs before a maiden over from Kane Richardson.
Young spinner Adam Zampa then removed Klinger (21) and Michael Carberry (11) in the same over and Perth were struggling at 3-50 from 10 overs.
Scorchers skipper Adam Voges ensured a respectable total for the visitors with a knock of 54 not out from 36 balls with six boundaries, but finding a partner proved difficult with Agar dismissed by speedster Shaun Tait for a duck and Sam Whiteman following soon after with just two runs. Yasir Arafat added 18 not out from his short spell in the middle to boost Perth’s total.
The Strikers’ best with the ball was Zampa who finished with 2-26 while Tait and Ben Laughlin both recorded 2-27.
The win ends the Strikers winning run and moves the Scorchers up to second on the table with a 3-2 record. Perth are next in action on Thursday against the Brisbane Heat at a sold-out #TheFurnace.
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