The Adelaide Strikers have gone down to a fired up Perth Scorchers by 98 runs at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night.
Set 190 for victory, the Strikers showed faith in debutant, Travis Head, who joined Michael ‘Maxy’ Klinger opening the batting.
Head didn’t last long however, falling for four runs thanks to a Jason Behrendorff straight ball.
Michael ‘Maxy’ Klinger joined Head shortly after, bowled by Michael Beer without scoring.
The Strikers rued the loss of early wickets as the pressure showed, losing batsman at regular intervals.
Kane ‘Richo’ Richardson did his best to back up his two wickets earlier in the game, chipping in with a team high 20 runs.
A big crowd of 15,974 showed plenty of support for the boys in blue, but the game was taken away from them by the big hitting Perth batters.
The win was set up by some impressive batting by the Scorchers powerhouse openers, Shaun Marsh (79) and Herschelle Gibbs (54) combining for a 95-run opening partnership after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Tight bowling from spinner Brad ‘Youngy Young (1/28) brought about the wicket of Gibbs, bringing the in-form Adam Voges to the crease.
A quick-fire 36 from 18 balls from Voges helped the Scorchers post an imposing total.
Richardson was the pick of the bowlers for the Strikers, claiming 2/42 from his four overs, Shaun ‘Wild Thing’ Tait also taking one wicket.
The Strikers are now out of the competition, and can not make the semi-finals.