Adelaide Strikers have booked a Big Bash League semi-final spot despite rain at the Adelaide Oval meaning the points were shared with Sydney Thunder.
The toss was delayed due to rain, with the match reduced to 10 overs per side. The Strikers did smash 10 sixes to end on 119 for five and set a stiff target. Craig Simmons and Ryan ten Doeschate did the early hitting with 21 off 15 balls and 23 off 12 respectively. Travis Head then walloped a couple of maximums before 22 year-old Alex Ross hit four off just 11 balls to finish on 30 not out.
The Thunder’s bowling effort was a mixed affair with Gurinder Sandhu celebrating his call-up to Australia’s One-Day International squad for their tri-series with England and India by taking one for seven from his two overs. At the other of the spectrum, Josh Lalor and Chris Tremain came in for some punishment, each conceding 32 runs, while Ian Moran went for 19 from a single over.
The Thunder could manage only one over in their run chase before the heavens opened once again. Jason Roy hit 14 from six balls as they finished on 18 for none.
The Thunder now languish at sixth place in the table with matches left to play against Melbourne Stars on Saturday and then Sydney Sixers on 22nd January. The Strikers’ two remaining fixtures are against the Sixers (Wednesday) and Melbourne Renegades (Monday) as they look for a home semi-final draw.
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The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.
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