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BBL|10 Preview: New Year's Eve

30 December 2020

The Adelaide Strikers take on the Perth Scorchers in the match of the season, facing off on New Year's Eve at Adelaide Oval.

New Year’s Eve record  

 

Strikers: 6 

 

Opposition: 1 

 

This time last year 

 

Heading into last year’s game undefeated on New Year’s Eve for six years running, the Strikers found themselves facing a competitive Sydney Thunder outfit. The efforts of Thunder’s Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson got the lime green men off to a positive start, while Jake Weatherald carried the torch for the home side, collecting a half-century. Coming to the middle at a crucial moment, Rashid Khan put on a show for the Adelaide Oval crowd, smacking 40 from 18 balls and dragging the Strikers within three runs of victory. 

 


 

Talking point

 

Since its inception the New Year’s Eve fixture at Adelaide Oval has remained a high point of the BBL season, producing heated hit outs and nail-biting finishes year in and year out. The Strikers are on a roll after defeating the Heat in Queensland and decimating the Scorchers on Monday night on their home deck. The Scorchers on the other hand are still searching for their first win of the tournament.

 

In addition to New Year's bragging rights, the two sides will also be facing off for the Jason Gillespie Trophy. With the Strikers chasing a third win in a row, back in front of a passionate home supporter base while also waving goodbye to 2020, this will be a contest not to be missed. 

 

Stat attack 

 

It is well documented that the Strikers have dominated on the final night of the year, going down for the first time last season. The last time the Strikers took to the New Year’s Eve stage on a Thursday was in 2015. If you don’t recall what happened that night, please enjoy a refresher. 

 

 

Striker to watch – Peter Siddle

 

The current leading wicket-taker in the competition, there is nobody who quite puts on a show like Peter Siddle. A natural entertainer and as humble as they come, P-Siddy has a highlights reel as bright as his current head of hair. As excited as Sids is to be back on home turf, Adelaide Strikers fans are doubly ecstatic to see the quick in action. 

 

Danger player – Jason Roy 

 

English international Jason Roy is proven performer, joining the Scorchers for his first hit out of the season on Monday night in Adelaide. The hard hitter looked set for a big start before Daniel Worrall got the better of him, a mistake he will be no doubt be ruing. The Scorchers remain in the hunt for their first win this season and will need their top-order to perform if they are to challenge in the BBL's marquee match.

 

Where to watch 

 

Watch live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo from 6:45pm ACST. 

 

Adelaide Strikers squad:

 

Alex Carey (c)
Wes Agar
Danny Briggs 
Harry Conway
Ryan Gibson
Harry Nielsen
Liam O’Connor
Spencer Johnson
Rashid Khan
Matt Renshaw
Phil Salt
Liam Scott
Matt Short
Peter Siddle
Cameron Valente
Jake Weatherald
Jon Wells
Daniel Worrall 

 

Perth Scorchers squad: 

 

Fawad Ahmed
Cameron Bancroft
Jason Behrendorff
Aaron Hardie
Josh Inglis
Matt Kelly
Liam Livingstone
Mitch Marsh
Colin Munro
Joel Paris
Kurtis Patterson
Jhye Richardson
Corey Rocchiccioli
Jason Roy
Ashton Turner
Andrew Tye
Sam Whiteman