Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Latest Match Report – Warmth vs Strikers Challenger 2023/24


Brisbane Warmth 214 for 7 (Brown 140, McSweeney 33, Payne 2-17, Pope 2-39, Boyce 2-50) beat Adelaide Strikers 160 (Nielsen 50, Kelly 41, McSweeney 3-3, Johnson 3-20) by 54 runs

Opener Josh Brown took Brisbane Warmth into the BBL remaining after bludgeoning the joint-second-fastest century within the historical past of the competitors to halt Adelaide Strikers’ barnstorming late-season run.

In a rare show of power-hitting on the Gold Coast, Brown smashed a document 12 sixes in his 140 off 57 balls to complete with the third-highest particular person rating in BBL historical past. He destroyed the in-form spinners Cameron Boyce and Lloyd Pope to utterly dominate Warmth’s enormous complete of 214 for 7 within the Challenger remaining.

Brown made the two-paced floor look simpler than it really was as Strikers fell nicely quick within the chase with Warmth speedster Spencer Johnson starring with three wickets.

Warmth will look to finish an 11-year title drought once they face Sydney Sixers in Wednesday’s remaining on the SCG.

It was a powerful bounceback from Warmth, who had suffered a 39-run dwelling defeat to Sixers within the Qualifier after ending prime of the desk.

The in-form Strikers have been left deflated after having entered the sport with confidence after 5 straight victories capped by an upset street victory over defending champions Perth Scorchers within the Knockout.

After being routed for 113 by Sixers, Warmth rejigged their batting order by choosing opener Charlie Wakim for his season debut. Warmth additionally reverted their techniques by electing to bat first in what proved a clever transfer on a floor that appeared higher for batting than within the earlier match.

After Wakim fell lbw within the second over off fast David Payne’s first ball, Brown took over by initially blasting sixes over midwicket off seamers Henry Thornton and James Bazley.

Strikers have been rattled however appeared to legspinners Boyce and Pope, who had confirmed an unstoppable tandem throughout Strikers’ successful streak. That they had mixed for seven wickets in opposition to a tentative Scorchers batting line-up on the pace-friendly Optus Stadium, however an aggressive Brown determined to take the aerial route in beneficial situations with little spin on supply.

Boyce leaked 9 runs in his first over, and Pope fared even worse by conceding 14 when he entered the assault within the seventh over. Brown motored previous his half-century in 22 balls and determined to take down Boyce and Pope earlier than drinks. He smashed a trio of sixes in a single over off Boyce, who had solely been hit for eight sixes in ten earlier matches this season.

Brown had proven glimpses of his muscular batting earlier than however hadn’t fairly put it collectively. In 21 earlier BBL innings, he had solely averaged 20.52 with one half-century. All of it clicked into gear with Brown frequently hitting over the covers with brute power as he eyed the quickest century in BBL historical past set ten years in the past when Craig Simmons blasted a 39-ball century for Scorchers.

Within the Challenger, Brown fell in need of that mark, however on his forty first supply he pummelled Boyce over the covers for his ninth six to achieve a maiden BBL century. He appeared like he would possibly run out of steam in humid situations, however continued to face and ship.

Brown shared a 119-run partnership with captain Nathan McSweeney, who performed the assist act to good impact with 33 runs off 29 balls to be the one different batter to achieve double-figures.

Glenn Maxwell’s BBL document of 154 not out was significantly below risk earlier than Brown lastly holed out within the seventeenth over as Warmth fell away on the dying.

Strikers’ late fightback gave them faint hope because the strain fell on skipper Matthew Brief to guide from the entrance. He began quick earlier than holing out within the fourth over to Johnson, who two balls later dismissed opener D’Arcy Brief.

The burden fell on in-form No. 3 Jake Weatherald, who got here in averaging 183 with a strike fee of 192.62 in his final three video games since changing into a late-season inclusion.

However he couldn’t get going and fell earlier than drinks to a pumped-up Johnson and it was only a matter of time earlier than Warmth marched into their second straight remaining regardless of battling efforts from Thomas Kelly (41 in 24 balls) and Harry Nielsen (50 in 33).

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist primarily based in Perth

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