The Strikers, who finished their season with a 3-5 win loss record, showed their best was definitely good enough after posting a good total of 178 on a tough batting track against the Thunder, before dismissing the home side for just 101 on the back of Ish Sodhi’s incredible six-wicket haul.
“We spoke as a team about putting in a really good performance, consistent performance, with all the disciplines of the game into one performance, and we did that on Wednesday night,” he said.
“Unfortunately the story of our tournament has been we’ve either batted well and not bowled well, or vice versa.”
“Ultimately it was just too little too late.”
Gillespie said the lack of consistency was particularly frustrating given the side’s success over the past two seasons, which saw them finish on top of the table after well-rounded contributions from the entire squad.
“Unfortunately this year we left too much to too few and we couldn’t gain any momentum throughout the tournament,” he said.
“We believe we had the right mix of players in our squad but we couldn’t nail the important moments in those close games.”
Although a finals berth wasn’t achieved in BBL|06, there were some standout individual performers.
Ben Dunk amassed 364 runs at an average of 52 with a rapid strike-rate of 164, the first Strikers batsman to reach the 300-run milestone in their history.
The evergreen Brad Hodge showed that age is just a number, making two half-centuries in his tally of 286 runs at an average of 41.
Ben Laughlin was impressive in his return to the side in Game Three; claiming nine wickets at an average of 9.5 in the final six games.
Meanwhile Ish Sodhi’s 6-11 in the team’s final match against the Sydney Thunder saw him record the best bowling figures by a Striker and the second-best figures in BBL history.
“Those boys performed extremely well for us,” Gillespie said of the side’s standouts.
“We needed to get a little more input from a few others but we didn’t feel we were too far off the pace.
“We will sit down over the next few weeks to assess our squad and we look forward to building a group that will have sustained success in the future.”