Wells half-century hands Scorchers wooden spoon
Jonathan Wells made a swashbuckling half-century and Rashid Khan ended the Big Bash League on a high note as Adelaide Strikers handed Perth Scorchers the wooden spoon with a five-wicket win
The Scorchers will finish this season’s competition rooted to the bottom of the ladder after suffering a 10th defeat in 14 outings on Saturday.
Half-centuries from Josh Inglis (55 from 37 balls) and captain Mitchell Marsh (50 not out off 41), plus a brutal late onslaught from Nathan Coulter-Nile, got the Scorchers up to 174-6, spinner Rashid taking 2-22.
However, the Strikers - champions in 2018 - were able to get home with four balls to spare, the excellent Wells having smashed 69 from only 42 balls.
Harry Nielsen also played a key role in the run chase, scoring an unbeaten 44 as the Strikers secured only a sixth victory of a disappointing BBL after the glory of last year.
INGLIS AND MARSH LAY PLATFORM FOR COULTER-NILE FIREWORKS
The Scorchers got off to a solid start after Marsh won the toss, getting up to 48-1 at the end of the powerplay after Inglis had top-edged Billy Stanlake over the fence in the sixth over.
Cameron Bancroft had given Peter Siddle the charge to clear the ropes in the previous over but the opener was trapped leg before by a Rashid googly, with Ashton Turner swiftly following for a golden duck.
Inglis and Marsh put on 55 for the fourth wicket, the former being the chief aggressor, and Coulter-Nile smashed three sixes as he made 25 off just eight balls, Siddle and Cameron Valente the bowlers to suffer.
Marsh reached his half-century off the last ball of the innings with a single, having struck two sixes and another four boundaries.
WELLS AND NIELSEN STAND DECISIVE
The match could have gone either way when Travis Head departed for 10 to leave the Strikers 64-3 after eight overs, Coulter-Nile getting the home skipper caught in the deep.
c and Jake Weatherald were already back in the pavilion by then, but a stand of 88 between Wells and Nielsen proved to be the difference.
A glorious cover drive took Wells to 50 and he dispatched Andrew Tye for another two boundaries in the same over before chopping on to Coulter-Nile (2-28), leaving Nielsen to get the Strikers over the line in the last over.