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Latest Match Report – Strikers vs Scorchers Knockout 2023/24


Adelaide Strikers 155 for 7 (Weatherald 56, Thornton 28*, Connolly 2-17, Hardie 2-24) beat Perth Scorchers 105 (Fanning 31, Pope 4-24, Boyce 3-20) by 50 runs

Legspinners Lloyd Pope and Cameron Boyce starred on the standard pace-friendly Optus Stadium floor as Adelaide Strikers ended Perth Scorchers’ historic bid for a hat-trick of BBL titles with an upset victory within the knockout remaining.

Strikers will journey to the Gold Coast and face Brisbane Warmth within the Challenger on Monday, with the winner to fulfill Sydney Sixers within the remaining on the SCG.

It was a exceptional turnaround for Strikers, who have been in massive hassle at 48 for 4 earlier than a hard-hitting 56 off 32 balls from Jake Weatherald ignited a comeback.

Strikers then beautifully defended 155 for 7 with Boyce and Pope combining for seven wickets, together with stars Aaron Hardie and Josh Inglis, to stun Scorchers.

It was a shock exit for Scorchers, who had a late-season fadeout after dropping to Sixers in a last-ball defeat that price them second spot and the double likelihood.

Scorchers and Western Australia had swept all six home titles during the last two seasons. However they may not cease red-hot Strikers, who defied the absences of ILT20-bound Chris Lynn, Adam Hose and allrounder Jamie Overton.

After being despatched in, Strikers’ hopes of setting a giant goal rested with skipper Matthew Quick who was coming off scoring the most-ever runs in a 10-game common season. He had additionally blasted Scorchers for a pair of 70s in the course of the season. However it was his namesake D’Arcy Quick who got here out blazing earlier than falling to a superb return catch from left-arm fast Jason Behrendorff.

Matthew Quick regarded in ominous kind when he whacked a brief supply from speedster Lance Morris to the boundary. One thing particular was wanted to dismiss Quick cheaply and veteran seamer Andrew Tye stepped up with a gem of an inswinging yorker that rattled the stumps.

Strikers have been seemingly shaken by the dismissal with Thomas Kelly struggling to attain within the overs earlier than drinks. In an impressed transfer, Hardie reverted to left-arm spinning allrounder Cooper Connolly who hadn’t bowled in Scorchers’ final three matches.

Connolly justified the religion by dismissing Kelly earlier than Hardie brilliantly ran out Harry Nielsen with a direct throw from mid-on to go away Strikers in ruins at 48 for 4.

Veteran Weatherald has grabbed his alternatives since being a late-season inclusion and dominated after drinks. He used his ft beautifully in opposition to left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, whose residence struggles continued in distinction to his miserly bowling on slower surfaces on the east coast.

Weatherald raced to his half-century in 30 balls, however fell shortly after when he did not execute a reverse scoop in opposition to Hardie, who then dismissed James Bazley to place Scorchers properly on prime.

However their loss of life bowling woes in opposition to Sixers reared with Strikers smashing 45 runs off the final 5 overs. Ben Manenti, who in latest seasons has been a thorn to Western Australia within the Sheffield Protect, and Henry Thornton successfully threw the bat as Strikers completed with a aggressive whole.

Strikers’ robust assault sensed a possibility in opposition to a revamped Scorchers opening partnership of Sam Fanning and Marcus Harris, who have been each late-season signings.

Debutant Fanning began with a fearless strategy to repeatedly bludgeon via the offside. Fanning, 23, made a duck in opposition to Queensland within the Sheffield Protect in his solely innings in home cricket this season. However he had entered with a century in native grade cricket and carried over that kind with an assault on the new-ball, the place he cracked two sixes off left-arm seamer David Payne within the fourth over.

Fanning overshadowed Harris, who performed sedately in his first innings since being missed for Australia’s Check staff. It appeared like a fairytale was unfolding till Fanning holed out within the fifth over after scoring 31 of Scorchers’ first 38 runs.

However it triggered a collapse of 4 for 10 capped by Hardie being clear bowled by Pope, who bowled properly in tandem with Boyce within the center overs.

The stress fell on Inglis, who performs aggressively in opposition to spin however he succumbed to a rampant Boyce as Scorchers crashed to 70 for five within the twelfth over.

Boyce was pumped up and Strikers have been additional buoyed when skipper Quick took a spectacular diving return catch to dismiss Nick Hobson. Strikers have been on fireplace as Bazley took a tricky juggling catch on the boundary to snare Connolly to go away Scorchers’ devoted shocked and shortly heading for the exit.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based mostly in Perth

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