Strikers Cruise To Victory Despite Ruthless Abbott

It was a repeat of 2015 as the Adelaide Strikers recorded another New Year’s Eve victory over the Sydney Sixers.

Sean Abbott put to right his nightmares inflicted by Travis Head in the fixture last year, but his 5-16 wasn’t enough to stop the Sixers falling well short of what should have been a very attainable total.

The Strikers had got off to a good start through Brad Hodge (36) and Ben Dunk (37), but Abbott accounted for them both when he was finally introduced into the attack at the halfway mark.

Abbott’s nemisis, Travis Head, became his next victim a few balls later, expertly caught by William Sommerville

They’d slipped from 91/1 to 102/5 after Sommerville dismissed Jake Lehmann and the Strikers found themselves in a spot of bother.

The lower order fell away with a whimper, but Kieran Pollard (29) and Chris Jordan (18) ensured the Adelaide side would have something to bowl at.

The Sixers got off to a flying start in reply through Jason Roy (18) and Daniel Hughes (16), reaching 34/0 inside 4 overs, but the former’s dismissal set off a remarkable collapse.

34/0, farcically, became 64/7 in a ridiculous 8 over period.

Roy was caught. Hughes was caught. Henriques was caught.

Nick Maddinson’s nightmare few weeks continued with a tame shot. Can you guess it yet? He was caught.

Brad Haddin bucked the trend, standing too deep in his crease and stepping on his wickets, the excellent Billy Stanlake (3/17) credited with the wicket.

Senseless batting had put the Sixers in this predicament, and of course, it continued.

The five remaining wickets all went the same way as the first four had done. The Strikers’ bowlers spread the wickets around, all returning favourable figures.

Sam Billings (40) tried his best, notching his third consecutive score of 40+, but fellow countryman Chris Jordan held on to an exceptional caught and bowled chance to spell the end of Billings’ innings and the Sixers’ faint hopes.

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