The Adelaide Strikers’ winning run came to an abrupt end as they were comfortably beaten by the Perth Scorchers.
Going into the game the Strikers had won four games out of four but were without key man Kieron Pollard, who had joined up with the West Indies T20 squad and had been replaced by Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate.
Pollard’s absence was not as noticeable with the ball, as the table-toppers restricted their opponents to just 133 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Captain Adam Voges starred with the bat, hitting 54* off 36 deliveries but the Scorchers could simply not get a partnership going.
Poor middle order
Marcus Harris, Michael Klinger and Michael Carberry managed just 41 runs between them and they could be forgiven for thinking that their chances of winning the game and moving to within two points of the Adelaide outfit were slim.
After a fairly promising opening partnership between Tim Ludeman and Craig Simmons, the Strikers collapsed, losing the remaining eight wickets for just 67 runs. New man, Ten Doeschate failed to impress, scoring just four, whilst captain and fellow overseas player Johan Botha could manage just 10.
With three balls to spare the home side were bowled out for just 115 runs, falling 19 runs short of their target. Brag Hogg, 43, was the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets for 11 runs from his four overs, at an economy rate of just 2.75.
The result moves the Scorchers back into second place, level on points with the Sydney Sixers and just a win away from the Strikers at the top of the table.
In other Big Bash related new, Lancashire spinner Stephen Perry has joined the Brisbane Heat for the remainder of the season as a replacement for Daniel Vettori, who is joining up with the New Zealand One-Day squad.
Perry was named in the original 30-man England squad for the World Cup, but failed to make the cut when the final 15 was announced.