The Adelaide Strikers have won their fourth straight game in this seasons Big Bash League, beating the Brisbane Heat by five wickets. The Strikers, having won their first three games of the tournament, won the toss and chose to bowl first, a decision which seemed merited as the Heat could only manage 152 runs from their 20 overs.
Plenty of batmen got starts, most notably Jimmy Peirson (27 of 17), Chris Lynn (28 off 16) as well as Peter Forrest (33 off 31) and Nathan Reardon (31 off 30), but none could go on and secure a big score, leaving the home side with a fairly mediocre total to defend.
The Strikers response was fairly stop-start to begin with, the top three batsmen Tim Ludeman, Craig Simmons and Jono Dean could muster just 37 runs between them, but following the dismissal of Dean in the sixth over, Travis Head came to the crease and scored a match winning 57 not out off 40 balls, hitting three fours and three sixes in the process.
He was assisted by Alex Ross (36 off 24) before being dismissed 3 runs short of the total. Captain Johan Botha came in and finished the job with a six over long-on.
The result sees the Strikers stretch their advantage at the top of the table to two points over second placed Sydney Sixers, whereas the Brisbane Heat lie second from bottom, but still with a decent chance of qualifying for the knock out stage.
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Both teams next game is against defending champions, the Perth Scorchers, Adelaide are in action first on January 6, whilst the Heat will have to wait till January 8, by which time Andrew Flintoff should be fit again having missed the game against the Strikers.