09 February 2019 06:30
Opener Josh Inglis and Mitchell Marsh belted half-centuries as Perth Scorchers set the Adelaide Strikers 175 runs to win Saturday's KFC BBL match. Inglis (55 from 37 balls) and Marsh (50no from 41) were the linchpins of Perth's 6-174 in the battle to avoid the BBL wooden spoon at Adelaide Oval. The Scorchers, currently last with eight points, must win and get a net run rate boost to overtake the Strikers (seventh, 10 points). Inglis cracked four sixes and three fours and reached his half-century from 35 balls but was run out two balls later. Cameron Bancroft made 22 from 13 deliveries and Nathan Coulter-Nile smashed 25 from just eight balls, featuring three sixes and a four.
Adelaide's legspinner Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-22 to finish the tournament with 19 wickets at economy rate of slightly more than six runs an over. Strikers: Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head, Jon Wells, Harry Nielsen, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake, Liam O'Connor. Test player Travis Head returns for the Adelaide Strikers in their final game of the BBL season. Head joins Billy Stanlake in the inclusions for the home side, who host Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval. MATCH CENTRE: Strikers v Scorchers Every Test, ODI, T20I, and BBL match live.
Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2:20pm (AEDT). It has been a season to forget for both of these sides. As defending champions, the Strikers would have hoped/expected to be in the finals again this year. Strangely if you look at some of the stats, you'd also expect them to be there. Fourth most runs scored of any team in the tournament and in Rashid Khan they've had one of the most economical bowlers who has also taken plenty of wickets – 17 so far.
But whereas in last season the Strikers side of good but not great players found a way to become more than just a sum of their parts, this season the team have struggled to put other sides under real pressure. Yes they've missed Travis Head as he's been on international duty but that's not enough of an excuse. In this match Head is back but sadly Colin Ingram is heading back to South Africa before the end of the season for family reasons and the home side will miss the runs he provides – 333 in the tournament. Plenty will be needed from Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald if the Strikers want to a decent score. For the Perth Scorchers this has been a sorry season. They've been one of the most successful Big Bas sides over the years but this year has seen them struggle with bat and ball. But in those sorry team performances, there have been some promising individual stories. Ashton Turner is sixth highest run scorer in the competition and Cameron Bancroft has been finding some form after his return from his infamous ban. Mitchell Marsh will want to send a message to Australian selectors in this final BBL match so we should expect some fireworks from him, one way or another. Brother Shaun however is being rested as Australia want him to be given time to recover before the upcoming tour to India. In the bowling department there's definitely the talent – Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye have been taking wickets and Jason Behrendorff has been the most economical bowler in the whole competition. If they can work well together then they could make it hard for the Strikers batting line up. Prediction This is more impmid-tablean some mid table match up. True, finals cricket is off the cards for both of these sides but the shame of coming dead last can provide a special type of motivation. It should be a close match but the home side are going to take it. Strikers to win. Advertisement Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 2:20pm (AEDT). Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide When: Saturday 9th February 2019, 2:30pm (AEDT) TV: Channel Ten Betting: Strikers $1.80, Scorchers $2.10 Adelaide Strikers Alex Carey Jake Weatherald Jake Lehmann Travis Head Jon Wells Harry Nielsen Cameron Valente Michael Neser Rashid Khan Ben Laughlin Peter Siddle Perth Scorchers Josh Inglis Cameron Bancroft Mitchell Marsh Ashton Turner Fraser Hay Nick Hobson Cameron Hinchcliffe Nathan Coulter-Nile Andrew Tye Matt Kelly Jason Behrendorff Form Adelaide Strikers have played 13 and won 5 Perth Scorchers have played 13 and won 4 Hide Preview Perth Scorchers have won the toss and will bat first against the Adelaide Strikers in Saturday's Big Bash League game. The Adelaide Oval fixture is effectively a dead rubber with both sides out of finals contention. The Strikers, the defending champions, are in seventh spot with the Scorchers in eighth and last ahead of their final game of the tournament. Teams: Strikers: Travis Head (capt), Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Harry Nielsen, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake, Liam O'Connor. Scorchers XI: Mitchell Marsh (capt), Josh Inglis, Nick Hobson, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Turner, Sean Terry, Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Andrew Tye, Matthew Kelly, Jason Behrendorff.