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Scorchers Stumble At Home Against Strikers

25 January 2020

The Perth Scorchers have fallen by 16 runs to the Adelaide Strikers at Optus Stadium tonight in their final home match of the KFC Big Bash League regular season.

It wasn’t the start the Scorchers were after at #TheFurnace, the Strikers finding the boundary often in their 60-run powerplay.

Spin king Ash Agar, fresh home from ODI duties in India, made the first breakthrough of the night, taking the big scalp of Jake Weatherald for 35.

Agar’s class didn’t end there, the allrounder sending Philip Salt (59) back to the sheds to finish with figures of 2-29 off three overs.

The crowd of nearly 30 thousand erupted when Chris Jordan took the wicket of Alex Carey (25) to finish with 1-33 off three in his last match for the Scorchers.

Matt Kelly (2-26) brought the fireworks in the final over of the innings, taking the wickets of Travis Head (35) and Rashid Khan (1) in what proved to be a positive finish for the home side’s bowling efforts.

Eying off 182 runs for the win, opener Liam Livingstone quickly got down to business, smashing the ball 106m into the sea of orange in the second over.

The Englishman was the sole soldier for the Scorchers, whacking an impressive 79 off 54 balls which included seven sixes, but it wasn’t enough for the side who fell 16 runs short.

Scorchers Head Coach Adam Voges said the group got beaten by a better team tonight.

“We were probably 15 to 20 short for most of the chase really, I thought Liam did a terrific job and I think he’s learnt how to play the pitch and that has been pleasing to see, it’s just a shame someone couldn’t go with him tonight,” Voges said.

“We never like doing things easy. We played really well against the Thunder a couple of nights ago, as disappointing as tonight is I think we take a lot of positives, we just got beaten by a better team, so we dust ourselves off and we do it all again.

“We have an experienced group, we’ve played some good cricket and we’re really confident going into Sunday’s match.”

The Scorchers now turn their attention to their must-win match against the Thunder in Sydney this Sunday.