Strikers book final berth with big win over Sixers
Half-century blistering Matt Renshaw and Ian Cockbain secured Adelaide Strikers place in KFC BBL final | 11 with a landslide win over the Sydney Sixers in their final game of the regular season.
The Strikers never looked troubled as they chased their target of 162 from 18 overs for the loss of just two wickets at Adelaide Oval on Monday night.
Renshaw (50 for 31) and Henry Hunt (15 for nine) got the Strikers off to a quick start as they hit 49 of the four-man power play on a 12.25 per over pace.
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Hunt was out on the penultimate ball from infield restrictions, which was Ben Dwarshuis’ 100th wicket in his BBL career, the fifth bowler to reach the milestone.
But the Strikers’ late-season England signing Ian Cockbain made the celebrations short-lived by edging out his first ball for four.
The 34-year-old, who starred for the Welsh Fire in the first season of The Hundred, was signed last week from a cricket club in southeast Melbourne where he played for Langwarrin.
The Strikers won the crucial Bash Boost point in just the seventh as Renshaw and Cockbain continued the assault on the Sixers’ bowlers with a second 53-run wicket partnership.
The southpaw lifted his fifty in the 10th but was immediately knocked out after trying to power up young all-rounder Hayden Kerr (1-37), who took his BBL | 11-19 to move into third behind Peter Siddle.
From there Cockbain (71no on 42 balls) and Jono Wells (27no) quickly progressed the Strikers towards locking their place in the final, taking 17 points from a Dwarshuis (1-37) as their unbeaten stand of 67 saw them at home with 15 bullets. save.
Earlier, a half-century-long first Big Bash from Justin Avendano breathed some life into the Sixers’ innings after their towering top order was held tight by the Strikers’ offense.
The 28-year-old, who has also played two games for the COVID-hit Melbourne Stars this season, cleared the rope five times in his 29 52-ball innings, which was his highest tally in 15 BBL games over four seasons.
Josh Philippe (22) and Jack Edwards gave the Sixers a strong start with an opening position of 44 after opting to bat first, but the introduction of veteran Fawad Ahmed in seventh changed the course of the innings.
Fawad rolled Philippe around his legs on his first over, then bamboozled Edwards in his third, which was thrown for a run-a-ball 34.
He then claimed Daniel Hughes was caught behind the following ball for a golden duck as he finished with 3-16 from his four overs, his second three-wicket shot in the Strikers’ last three games.
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Part-time spinner Matthew Renshaw also took the big wicket from captain Moises Henriques for 17 as the Sixers fell to 4-83 in the 13th.
Dan Christian (22 from 17 balls) then combined with Avendano for a 63-run partnership – the Sixers’ fifth-highest wicket stand of the tournament, as they went 7-161 from their 20 overs.
Strikers captain Siddle increased his lead atop the BBL wicket tally | 11 with 2-32 on his four overs.
The Strikers could slide to fifth place if the Hobart Hurricanes win their last two games, while the Sixers are locked in a battle for second place with their Crosstown rivals, the Sydney Thunder, with a game to play against the Heat on Wednesday .