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Strikers struck down in Moe match

23 January 2019

The Adelaide Strikers have slumped to a third-straight loss in a disappointing 44-run defeat to the Melbourne Stars at Moe in country Victoria.

Australia ODI allrounder Marcus Stoinis did the damage with bat and ball for the Stars.

He first struck his third half-century from four Big Bash innings in a 114-run opening partnership with former Striker Ben Dunk (72 off 53 balls) as the Stars set a strong total of 2/167 on a slow Ted Summerton Reserve pitch.

Stoinis then claimed figures of 3/20 from four overs to hold the defending champions at bay.

Hard-hitting batsman Jake Lehmann produced his biggest Big Bash score in challenging conditions to lead the Strikers’ chase.

Included at No.3 in the Strikers’ batting order, Lehmann top-scored for Adelaide with 40 off 32 and combined with Alex Carey (30 off 23) to have the Strikers on track early at 3/97 in the 14th over.

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But there was little resistance once both men were dismissed. The Strikers lost 6/26 thereafter and were eventually bowled out for 123 in the final over.

Stars trio Stoinis, Liam Plunkett, and Dwayne Bravo all snared three wickets apiece.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the only Strikers bowler to claim a wicket.

The result leaves the Strikers in sixth spot on the BBL|08 ladder with a 4-6 record and four matches remaining in the minor round.