The Game at a Glance
Nic Maddinson won the toss at Adelaide Oval and sent the Strikers into bat. The decision paid off almost instantly as Matt Short fell for just one run after he was caught behind at first slip. That wicket was Jackson Bird’s first of BBL|08. Liam Plunkett was the best of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 4-36. Both Ben Dunk and Evan Gulbis contributed with neat and tidy overs. The Strikers fought back until Liam Plunkett removed both Rashid Khan and Colin Ingram in the same over, and saw him finish with the Stars’ best figures of 4-36. The Strikers set the Stars a target of 179 runs to win.
The Stars got off to an incredible start, Gulbis lead the way and saw the Stars score 49 runs in the first 5 overs. Ben Dunk and Nick Larkin fell quickly afterwards, both caught in the deep for 20 and 0 respectively. Evan Gulbis continued the chase well before he was bowled by Agar, his fine effort of 37 off 25 the top score for the Stars. Nic Maddinson followed, only managing 5 runs before he was caught in the deep. DJ Bravo came out to the crease to give the Stars a chance during the middle overs, but it wasn’t enough to give the Stars the points, and the guys in green fell short by 42 runs, bowled out in the last over.
With the Ball
Skipper Nic Maddinson decided on a purely pace attack during the powerplay, a decision which paid off almost instantly as Matt Short was sent back to the dug-out after scoring just one run! He was dismissed by Jackson Bird in his very first over of BBL|08. International recruit Liam Plunkett quickly followed suit, snagging the important wicket of Jake Weatherald for just 15 runs. The Strikers settled in the middle overs as the partnership between Travis Head and Colin Ingram grew, until Travis Head was eventually caught in the deep by Jackson Bird off a Plunkett delivery. He finished the best of the bowlers, taking another two wickets in his last over to finish with figures of 4-36. Both Ben Dunk and Evan Gulbis contributed nicely with very tidy overs, but the Strikers fought back and finished their innings on 5-178.
With the Bat
The Stars openers got off to an absolute flyer! Evan Gulbis and Ben Dunk went hard and got the Stars to 0-49 off the first 5 overs. Two wickets fell quickly afterwards, with both Dunk and Larkin caught in the deep going for the big hits. Gulbis continued his fine touch, scoring 37 off 25 before he was bowled by Agar in his second over of BBL cricket. Skipper Nic Maddinson started well, finding a four early in his innings. Unfortunately, he was caught in the deep off an O’Connor delivery the very next ball. Fan favourite DJ Bravo arrived at the crease to steady the ship, and the Champion came out firing, smashing two sixes in the same over to give the Stars a chance during the middle overs. But the wickets came too quickly and frequently, and the guys in green fell short of the target by 42 runs, bowled out for 137.
The boys are back in town and taking on the Hurricanes at the MCG on Monday January 14 as part of our Stars Double Header.