Red-Hot Scorchers Destroy Strikers

Perth Scorchers 197/7

Adelaide Strikers 149/9

The Perth Scorchers recorded their first ever opening day victory in the history of the competition, putting in an impressive all round display in front of over 24,000 at The Furnace.

Ian Bell showed he’s still got something to offer at the highest level, hitting a magnificent 61, as the Scorchers won by 48 runs.

The Scorchers’ innings started in a less than ideal fashion.

Michael Klinger found himself back in the pavilion after the first over, the run-machine unable to replicate last season’s dominant form with the bat.

Things could have been even worse when Ian Bell gave a chance first ball but Jake Weatherald shelled the catch.

Bell (61) put that earlier chance behind him and played a blinder of a knock, before he was later run-out.

He used the pace of the quick bowlers well, guiding them down to the third man region as he so often did during his international career. That, coupled with a number of flamboyant strokes over the infield and some hard-hitting cross-bat shots, made for a great watch.

Chris Jordan (2/48) bowled well, although his figures didn’t reflect that after some poor fielding from the Strikers and a lot of bad luck.

31 (19) in the middle overs from Mitchell Marsh and a brilliant 44* (19) from Ashton Turner at the death helped the Scorchers post an imposing target.

The Strikers had put together 133 for the opening partnership in their defeat against the Brisbane Heat, but they were behind the 8-ball from the off tonight.

Ben Dunk (0) and Jake Weatherald (1) both failed to make an impact.

David Willey (2/15) bowled brilliantly with excellent pace and control to remove the in-form pair in his first two overs.

A frantic innings by Travis Head (13) finished before it really started,the left-hander edging behind a wide delivery off Jhye Richardson to leave the Strikers 15/3.

Brad Hodge (56) attacked right from the word go and looked in good touch, but wickets continued to tumble around him.

The men in orange showed the value of having a well-rounded bowling attack, sharing the wickets around.

Mitchell Johnson looked good and took 3/33 on his highly anticipated return, including the two big wickets of Kieron Pollard and Hodge.

Kane Richardson took an immediate liking to Ashton Agar, striking three huge blows in the same over in a bid to restore some pride for the Strikers late on.

Richardson (45) was eventually dismissed by his namesake, Jhye, and despite his fantastic knock, the Strikers ended well short.

The Strikers join the Sydney Thunder at the foot of the BBL06 standings having lost both of their two games so far.

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