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BBL|10 Preview: Strikers v Scorchers

28 December 2020

The Adelaide Strikers will round out 2020 with back-to-back clashes up against the Perth Scorchers on their return to Adelaide Oval.

Head-to-head

Strikers: 8

Scorchers: 8 

Last time they met

When the Strikers and Scorchers met in Perth last season, the Strikers turned up the heat at Optus Stadium, incinerating the home side. A half-century for Phil Salt, backed up by the ever-reliable Jake Weatherald and Travis Head, steered the Strikers to success. 

Liam Livingstone was the only Scorcher who got beyond a start, while the Strikers big men Wes Agar and Billy Stanlake got the better of the Perth batting unit. In the battle of the Agar brothers, Wes came out on top, picking up a trio of Scorchers, Player of the Match honors and taking home the points. 

Talking point

After opening the season in Tasmania, the Strikers will make their homecoming in Adelaide on Monday night. There is no argument that Adelaide Oval is the best ground in the world for players and fans alike, and the Strikers will be looking to keep on their winning ways in front of a loud and proud home crowd. 

The Strikers narrowly defeated the Heat in a heart-stopping nail-biter on Wednesday night, locking in their second win, while Scorchers have struggled to get on the board and remain winless after three games. 

Hunting back-to-back wins, the Strikers will also be looking to bounce back from their first (and only) New Year’s Eve defeat last season. After claiming the points on the first six occasions, the Strikers fell victim to the Thunder on the final night of 2019; a feat they will not be looking to repeat. 

With a Perth unit chasing a kickstart to their season and an Adelaide side flying high in front of their home crowd, these will be two back-to-back clashes not to be missed. 

Stat attack

The Strikers have only lost to the Scorchers on home turf on two occasions, the last instance coming six years ago in BBL|04. The two sides have also met once before on NYE, with the Strikers winning the inaugural end of year clash by six wickets. 

Striker to watch – Daniel Worrall 

One of the Strikers newest acquisitions this season, Daniel Worrall has wasted no time setting the standard in blue. Whether it’s collecting wickets or smacking runs when required, Franky is always dependable and ever so entertaining with bat or ball in hand. Adelaide Oval is a familiar stomping ground for the quick, however he will be stepping onto the home turf for the first time as a Striker on Monday, and we have a feeling the Scorchers will know about it. 

Danger player – Ashton Turner  

It goes without saying but any side looks better when the captain is performing, and Ashton Turner – who has been handed the captaincy duties this season - will be keen to make an impact. The Scorchers top order have struggled in their opening matches, however the hard-hitting allrounder currently has the second-best strike rate in the competition and is due for a strong performance as his side fights for their first win of season. 

Where to watch 

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

Tickets 

Tickets available via Ticketek.

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: 

TBC