Adelaide Strikers were hoping to put their recent form behind them when they faced Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval this morning in their final BBL match of the year. Having endured back-to-back defeats ahead of the game, a win would do them the world of good as they aim to sign off 2016 on a high.
Strikers, who sit bottom of the points table, came up against a merrier side in Sydney Sixers who after two wins in three outings, find themselves third, two points adrift of front-runners Brisbane Heat.
The Sixers got off on the front foot after four overs, cruising 0-34. However, they failed to maintain their superiority when the wicket of Jason Roy instigated a collapse and the visitors struggled to get back on track.
One man who played a vital role in the Sixers’ early start victory was Sean Abbott. The 24-year-old, who bowled that fatal ball that killed Phillip Hughes back in 2014, was back to his best today, becoming the fifth man in Big Bash history to claim a five-wicket haul, finishing with 5-16.
He now has the second-best ever BBL figures overall, behind Malinga’s 6-7 for the Melbourne Stars back in 2012.
His team, however, finished with a loss in front of a bumper crowd of over 45,471 to slip to 7-64 before being rolled out for 104. Billy Stanlake (3-17), Laughlin (2-10), Liam O’Connor (2-12) and Jordan (2-27) were on hand to give the Strikers their first victory of the season, 152-9.
Another highlight of this morning’s match was courtesy of Sixers’ Jason Roy. The 26-year-old batsman hit undoubtedly one of the best shots of the tournament after reverse sweeping a ball delivered by off-spinner Travis Head over the square leg fence.
After a bad day at the office for the Sixers, they will aim to bounce back when they face a trip to first-placed Brisbane Heat on Tuesday whilst the Strikers will be hoping today’s victory wasn’t a one-off when they travel to Hobart Hurricanes on Monday.
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