The Game at a Glance
The Adelaide Strikers won the toss and sent the Stars in to bat, a decision which worked out beautifully for the Stars as Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk combined for our second-ever 100-run opening partnership. Marcus Stoinis scored 53 before he was caught in the deep, bringing an in-form Peter Handscomb to the crease. Handscomb scored a handy 36 runs before he was run out on the last ball of the innings. Ben Dunk remained unbeaten on 72, which earned him Player of the Match honours, and the Stars set the Strikers a target of 168 for the win.
Jackson Bird started the bowling innings off with a spectacular run out in his second over! Bird managed to get a finger on the ball as his own delivery was hit back to him, before it careered into the stumps. Jake Weatherald was unlucky to be caught with his bat in the air at the non-striker’s end and was dismissed for 3 runs.
As the Strikers looked to hit big, Marcus Stoinis got the breakthrough with the wicket of Alex Carey, who scored 30 before he was caught in the deep.
Lehmann led the way, but it wasn’t enough; the Strikers lost 6-11 in 22 deliveries and were eventually bowled out for 123. Marcus Stoinis was the best of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 3/20 as the Stars claimed their fifth win of the season in commanding fashion.
With the Bat
Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk gave a batting masterclass during the first half of the Stars innings. The opening pair got off to a flyer in the early overs, leading the Stars to 0-47 at the end of the powerplay. Two half-centuries to Dunk and Stoinis saw the Stars score their second ever century by an opening partnership. Dunk and Stoinis scored their half-centuries off 33 and 42 balls respectively.
Their dream run eventually came to an end with Marcus Stoinis caught in the deep by Liam O’Connor off a Rashid Khan delivery. His final score was 53 runs of 45 balls.
Peter Handscomb came to the crease to see the game to the end, scoring a quick-fire 36 runs of 22 balls before being run out on the last ball. Ben Dunk finished the innings on an unbeaten 72, contributing 4 fours and 3 sixes. The Stars finished the innings on 2-167.
With the Ball
The Strikers got off to a good start in Moe, scoring 20 off the first 3 overs until Jake Weatherald was dismissed by an incredible run out by Jackson Bird. Alex Carey smashed Bird’s delivery back to him, who got a hand to it just before the ball smashed into the stumps at the non-striker’s end! Jake Weatherald was caught with his bat in the air and was subsequently dismissed for 3 runs.
Alex Carey looked to lead the way for the Strikers, scoring 30 runs before he was caught in the deep trying to hit Marcus Stoinis over the fence.
Liam Plunkett continued his good form, snagging the wicket of captain Colin Ingram for 9 after a brilliant high catch from Glenn Maxwell. Dwayne Bravo also claimed the wicket of Lehmann, who scored 40 runs before Maxwell collected his second catch. The wickets then fell quickly for the Strikers, with Jon Wells, Rashid Khan, and Michael Neser not lasting long at the crease. Liam Plunkett finished off the innings in style, taking two wickets in two balls, with the hat-trick balls just missing the edge of O’Connor’s bat. He finished with impressive figures of 3/21.
Marcus Stoinis finished the best of the bowlers with 3/20, and the Stars won the match by 44 runs.