1: Ben Laughlin has now taken more T20 wickets in Australia than any other player, moving to 88 to pass South Australia’s Shaun Tait. Forty-five of these wickets have been captured for the Adelaide Strikers, including 11 this season. Laughlin’s most recent victim was Peter Handscomb, caught behind for one after top edging a pull shot.
2: Alex Carey last night batted through the whole 20 overs for the second time this summer. This innings he made 59 runs from 52 balls, sharing a 50-run opening stand with Jake Weatherald and then settled into a front row seat to watch the Travis Head and Colin Ingram shows before finishing the game with his first six of the night. Carey, who played just one BBL game before this season, has now scored 224 runs from six innings with a high of 83 not out from 59 balls against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.
3: Strikers captain Travis Head said farewell in fine fashion in his last BBL game prior to joining Australia’s ODI squad, blasting his way to 53 from 32 balls. He took a few overs to settle in before taking aim at Stars paceman Marcus Stoinis and hit the ball so hard and flat it whizzed through the hands of John Hastings fielding 10 metres inside the mid-wicket rope and still went for six, much to Head’s surprise. He scored 26 from his last 10 balls and although Stonis eventually had Head caught trying to hook, the Strikers were in control needing 28 from the last 26 balls with eight wickets in hand.
4: Not sure if the umpire would have given it out even if the Strikers appealed but TV replays appeared to reveal an edge behind off the bowling of Peter Siddle when the dangerous Glenn Maxwell was on 39. Siddle and wicketkeeper Carey showed mild curiosity but must have presumed Maxwell had only hit the ground. He went on to score 60 off 38 balls.
5: Ben Dunk switched to the Adelaide Strikers last season from the Hobart Hurricanes and blitzed the competition, making a competition-high 364 runs in eight innings at an amazing strike rate of 163.96. Fortunately for the Strikers his return to Adelaide Oval in the Melbourne Stars colours was brief. The powerful opening batter tried to lift Michael Neser over mid-off in the second over but didn’t hit it far enough, well caught by Laughlin for just one run from five balls.
6: Before last night’s game, the Strikers batted first in their four wins this season and had chased a target in their only loss. So it was perhaps no surprise that Stars captain John Hastings won the toss and chose to bat first … but some trends are not forever.