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Jonathan Wells (69) and Harry Nielsen (44*) shared a vital stand of 88 for the fourth wicket. © Getty
Jonathan Wells (69) and Harry Nielsen (44*) shared a vital stand of 88 for the fourth wicket to help Adelaide Strikers down Perth Scorchers by five wickets in a Big Bash League clash. Strikers crossed the target of 175 in the final over of the innings as they avoided the ignominy of defending champions ending up last in the league standings for the season.
Strikers didn’t exactly have the best of starts as they lost three wickets by the end of eight overs. With the score reading 64 for 3, Wells joined hands with Nielsen to put Strikers on course for a victory. The duo managed to blend fours and sixes with a diet of singles and twos as they inched closer to crossing the finish line.
Nathan Coulter-Nile dislodged Wells while Cameron Valente was run out by Mitchell Marsh. Eventually, Nielsen and Rashin Khan took the side home. Earlier, Josh Inglis (55) and Marsh (50) had crunched fifties to power Scorchers to a useful total. Coulter-Nile also made a crucial contribution, with a stunning 8-ball 25 lower down the order. Rashid bagged two scalps for Strikers.
Strikers are placed seventh with 12 points while Scorchers ended the season as the bottom-placed team with a mere eight points.
Brief Scores: Perth Scorchers 174/6 in 20 overs (Josh Inglis 55; Rashid Khan 2-22) lost to Adelaide Strikers 175/5 in 19.2 overs (Jonathan Wells 69; Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-28) by five wickets
Calllum Ferguson compiled a useful innings of 48 while Chris Green, lower down the order, remained unbeaten on 34 as Sydney Thunder overcame Hobart Hurricanes via a four-wicket margin. However, as Thunder overhauled the target only in the 19th over instead of 11.3 overs, they missed out on a place in the last-four.
In a rain-curtailed game (19 overs per side), Usman Khawaja (36) and Ferguson anchored the chase with a 37-run stand for the second wicket. With the score reading 60 for 2, D’Arcy Short and Qais Ahmed combined forces to leave Thunder precariously placed at 85 for 5.
Ferguson, though, steadied the innings in the company of Green as the duo stitched a vital alliance of 68 for the sixth wicket. Jofra Archer castled Ferguson with a pacy delivery in the 17th over but couldn’t stop Pat Cummins and Green from piloting their side to a hard-fought win.
For Hurricanes, Matthew Wade (44), Ben McDermott (44*) and George Bailey (53) turned out to be the mainstays of the batting line-up. McDermott and Bailey, in particular, played key roles to push Hurricanes to a respectable total as the pair strung together a stand of 94 for the fourth wicket. Cummins, the star Australian fast bowler, snared two wickets.
Hurricanes ended the league phase perched on top of the table with 20 points, while Thunder finished at fifth spot with 13 points.
Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes 165/4 in 19 overs (George Bailey 53, Matthew Wade 45; Pat Cummins 2-28) lost to Sydney Thunder 166/6 in 18.2 overs (Callum Ferguson 47; Qais Ahmed 2-22) by four wickets via DLS Method