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The Strikers fell by seven wickets to the Scorchers in Perth


Strikers scorched in Perth

26 December 2018

The Adelaide Strikers have slumped to their second straight defeat at the hands of the Perth Scorchers in the maiden regular-season Big Bash match at the new Optus Stadium.

The Strikers lost regular wickets and struggled to build any rhythm on a challenging Perth pitch as they limped to 88, thanks largely to some late big-hitting from second-gamer Cameron Valente (21 off 18) and Rashid Khan (21 off 12).

The visitors lost 6/15 through the middle overs with the Scorchers’ pace battery of Jhye Richardson (3/7), Jason Behrendorff (2/16), Andrew Tye (2/9), David Willey (1/21) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/33) proving a handful.

Perth cruised to the Strikers’ total with seven wickets in hand and two overs to spare yo record its first win of BBL|08.

BBL Highlights: Scorchers v Strikers

The Scorchers did lose Michael Klinger to an early run out for two after an inspired bit of fielding from Ben Laughlin.

But Josh Inglis, a late replacement for an unwell Sam Whiteman, made an impressive 22 in 21 balls to get things rolling.

The Scorchers only scored nine runs from four Rashid Khan overs, but didn't lose a wicket to his brilliant wrist spin.

Billy Stanlake (1/18) was lively and removed Inglis with a beauty, but Turner (24) and Will Bosisto (36 not out) saw the Scorchers comfortably home.

The Strikers return to Adelaide Oval to host the Sydney Thunder on New Year’s Eve.