The Adelaide Strikers produced their third successive win to beat the in-form Perth Scorchers by 36 runs after Travis Head’s half century took them out of range.
The Scorchers made a poor start chasing a getable 175 on a friendly Adelaide Oval surface. Shaun Marsh, fresh from being named in Australia’s ODI squad to face India, was caught behind after aiming a wide mow at Billy Stanlake in the first over.
Marcus Harris also fell to Stanlake to reduce Scorchers to 10 for two in the third. Michael Klinger was bowled by spinner Jon Holland and the Scorchers were rocking at 30 for three before they succumbed to 138 all out in the 18th over.
Englishman Adil Rashid was the pick of the Strikers’ bowlers with 3-23 from his four overs.
The Strikers reached 174 for two after skipper Brad Hodge had won the toss.
Mahela Jayawardene replacing the out-of-form opener Craig Simmons after a run of poor starts and today the openers added 84 with the Sri Lankan pummelling 57 from only 37 balls before attempting a hit too many off Ashton Agar.
Tim Ludeman, whose big hitting dominated BBL04 has struggled this season and Jason Behrendorff accounted for him after he had managed just 30 off 37 balls.
Head was once again at his dominant best with 51 from 31 balls which included 3 maximums. Hodge made 30 off 15 deliveries as the Strikers posted a total that seemed competitive. It proved more than sufficient.
“That’s as good as we’ve played as a group,” Head said after picking up the Player of the Match award. “I just couldn’t get in and take my chances till now, but it’s good to finally get runs. It’s good to beat them in front of a 46,000 crowd.”
The Strikers leapfrog the Scorchers at the top of the BBL ladder. It was their second dominant display against the defending champions.
“We can beat any team on our day,” said Rashid. “Back in England, we don’t get these many people. Coming out and playing in front of 45,000 fans can be a thrilling experience.”
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