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Strikers continue winning ways in WA

24 January 2020

The Adelaide Strikers have locked down a top-three finish in the KFC BBL|09 standings with an impressive 16-run victory over fellow finals contender the Perth Scorchers in Western Australia.

An even team performance with both bat and ball propelled the Strikers to their fourth straight victory and moved the club back into second spot on the ladder with one match remaining in the regular season.

Hard-hitting opener Phil Salt (59 from 31 balls) smashed his third half-century of the tournament as he continues to find form at the business end of the series.

Salt smokes third BBL half-century

Salt, 23, set the tone at the top of the order alongside Jake Weatherald (35 from 24) with the pair notching 13 boundaries between them inside the first 10 overs.

Captain Travis Head (35), vice-captain Alex Carey (25) and Jon Wells (23*), who finished unbeaten for the seventh time this season, also made contributions as the Strikers set a strong total of 5/181 after electing to bat first.

Perth lost opener Josh Inglis (5) in the fourth over and struggled to push the pace thereafter as wickets fell regularly during the chase.

Opener Liam Livingstone (79 from 54) held the key to the hosts’ hopes but was running out of batting partners as the required run rate escalated. He eventually holed out in the 16th over.

Player of the Match Wes Agar (3/36) took another three-wicket haul to make it 11 wickets from his last four BBL outings.

Towering paceman Billy Stanlake found form with 2/20, while the ever-reliable Rashid Khan (1/25) and Peter Siddle (1/35) were also among the wickets.

An incredible diving catch by Alex Carey to dismiss Ashton Turner (2) capped off an important win as the Strikers strive for a top-two finish and the valuable double chance in finals.

Adelaide finishes its home and away campaign in an Australia Day blockbuster on Sunday at Adelaide Oval against the Hobart Hurricanes. Tickets are now available.

The match forms part of the club’s SA Bushfire Appeal with a host of initiatives in place to raise funds for those affected by the bushfire emergency.