Strikers finally taste success with Sixers victory


Adelaide Strikers finally got off the mark in the Big Bash League as their bowling attack successfully stifled the Sydney Sixers to record a 48-run win.

In a repeat of last year's New Year's Eve encounter at the Adelaide Oval, the Strikers built on brisk start to post a competitive 152-9, with captain Brad Hodge (36) and Ben Dunk (37) scoring well.

Kieron Pollard added 29 off 20 balls that included two huge sixes, while Chris Jordan's 18 helped push the total above 150.

The Strikers could have scored more but Sean Abbott snaffled five wickets for the visitors - only the fifth five-wicket haul in Big Bash history - to make amends for his nightmare 12 months ago.

His efforts were in vain, though, as the Sixers crumbled in their run chase.

It started well as Jason Roy (18) and Daniel Hughes (16) shared a 34-run opening stand but things quickly spiralled out of control as seven wickets fell for 30 runs.

Sam Billings gave the Sixers hope with a quickfire 40 but he was caught and bowled by England team-mate Jordan (2-27) and that spelt the end for the visitors.

Fittingly it fell to captain Hodge to take the winning catch to remove Will Somerville as Billy Stanlake (3-17) finished with back-to-back wickets.



Twelve months ago to the day Sean Abbott endured a miserable outing for the Sixers against the Strikers, the seamer registering figures of 1-57 off 3.3 overs at 16.28.

Travis Head was his tormentor in-chief that day with a stunning 101 not out, but Abbott finally got his revenge at the Adelaide Oval.

Abbott claimed 5-16 from his four overs with an impressive display of fast bowling, and Head was one his victims - courtesy of a sensational catch from Somerville at deep fine leg.



Brad Haddin has long been the go-to man for the Sixers but he was unable to fulfil the role on Saturday as Stanlake (3-17) produced a vicious spell.

The 22-year-old seamer tested the experienced wicketkeeper with some short deliveries in the eighth over of the innings, and on the penultimate ball he got his reward.

Another shorter delivery pushed Haddin back in his crease as he looked to hook the ball, and although he connected the 39-year-old also trod on his stumps, lighting them up much to the delight of the Strikers.