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Strikers find form in Aussie comps

26 September 2018

Jake Weatherald started his JLT One-Day Cup campaign with an unbeaten ton

Several Strikers have started the Australian domestic season in impressive fashion leading into KFC BBL|08 and rebel WBBL|04.

Recap some of Adelaide’s best performers below from the opening games of the JLT One-Day Cup and the Women’s National Cricket League.

Jake Weatherald's JLT Cup ton

JAKE WEATHERALD
Tipped by many of his South Australian teammates to be one to watch this summer, Weatherald didn’t disappoint in his first match of the season.

The BBL|07 Final hero posted an unbeaten century to steer SA to victory in style over New South Wales at the WACA.

Weatherald showed maturity and aggression at the crease, finishing his innings with a series of boundaries in tantalising taste of what’s to come in BBL|08.

MEGAN SCHUTT
Schutt has stepped up as the new captain of the Statewide Super SA Scorpions in the WNCL and led from the front in South Australia’s opening two matches of the season.

The pace ace dismissed fellow Australian representative Elyse Villani in a tough outing for the team against Victoria, but was outstanding in her side’s first victory the next day against Western Australia with 3/39 from eight overs, which included a maiden.

Schutt will play a key role for Australia in the upcoming T20 International series against New Zealand starting in Sydney on Saturday.

BILLY STANLAKE
The towering paceman looks as strong and fast as ever in his opening JLT Cup clashes for Queensland.

Ironically, Stanlake saved his best performance of the tournament so far for the Bulls’ win over South Australia against several of his Strikers teammates.

The 23-year-old was named Player of the Match with figures of 3/36 from his 10 overs despite the tight boundaries on offer for batsmen at Hurstville Oval.

BRIDGET PATTERSON
Powerful batter Patterson crushed her maiden century for South Australia against the Fury in a promising start to her WNCL campaign.

Patterson earned Player of the Match honours following the display, which featured 14 fours and a six in her 131-ball stand of 109 runs.

The right-hander hit 213 runs with a strike rate of 109 in WBBL|03 last summer – her best return as a Striker.

ALEX CAREY
Carey looks in solid touch for South Australia with scores of 58 and 42 from his side’s last two matches.

The new father will be looking to convert his starts into a big score but his footwork, decision-making and stroke-play appear on song after a lengthy stint overseas with Australia A.

The 27-year-old has also continued his reliable record behind the stumps with six catches from three JLT Cup matches so far this season.

TAHLIA MCGRATH
Young allrounder Tahlia McGrath continues to improve with every outing and marked the start of her season with a brilliant ton against Victoria.

Batting at first-drop for South Australia, McGrath smashed her maiden century for the State after carving 10 boundaries, including three sixes, in a 116-ball innings of 105 runs.

Overlooked for a national contract, McGrath looks to be a Striker on a mission approaching her third WBBL season.

Travis Head on his call-up to the Aussie Test squad

TRAVIS HEAD, PETER SIDDLE & MICHAEL NESER
A worthy mention must go to our star Strikers trio selected to tour the UAE in Australia’s upcoming Test tour against Pakistan.

Strikers skipper Head is in the frame to make a well-earned Test debut as is versatile allrounder Neser, who made his ODI debut in England in June.

Hard-working seamer Siddle adds valuable experience to the squad and could make his first Test appearance for Australia in almost two years.

 

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