Domestic News

Thunder secure WBBL top spot after beating Stars

Sunday January 17, 2016 by  

Sydney Thunder secured top spot in the Women’s Big Bash League after securing a six-run victory over the Melbourne Stars in a low-scoring encounter at Sydney University.

After being restricted to 104 from their 20 overs, the Thunder bowlers never allowed the visitors to settle, with Rene Farrell’s 4-18 the standout performance.

Farrell made an early breakthrough, bowling Katie Mack with the second ball of the innings, and the pressure continued to build, the Stars only able to add 15 in five overs thanks to disciplined bowling and a hunger in the field. Read more

Stars shine bright at the Furnace

Saturday January 16, 2016 by  

The Stars have aligned enough for Melbourne to crush the Perth Scorchers by 52 runs at the Furnace this evening.

The victory margin was enough for the Stars to leap over the Scorchers and finish second on the points table, snaring the all-important second semi-final hosting right.

Ben Hilfenhaus was named player of the match, claiming 3-17 off three overs as he charged through the Scorchers middle-order. Read more

Strikers confirmed to host first BBL semi-final

Thursday January 14, 2016 by  

Cricket Australia (CA) today confirmed the Adelaide Strikers will host the first KFC Big Bash League (BBL) semi-final on Thursday 21 January 2016, regardless of finishing first or second place on the ladder.

The Strikers’ last-gasp win over the Hobart Hurricanes last night at Adelaide Oval has cemented the Strikers a top-two position heading into finals, and therefore the right to host a home semi-final.

CA today confirmed the semi-final scheduling given considerations around the BBL finals weekend taking place at the same time as the final stage of the Tour Down Under bicycle event in Adelaide. Read more

Scorchers edge final-ball thriller

Sunday January 10, 2016 by  

The Perth Scorchers have edged a thriller by one run over the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on Sunday to move closer to a home semi-final.

Andrew Tye held his nerve at the death, with Hobart needing 16 off the final over, before requiring just six off the final two balls

Tye first bowled a dot ball, running out the non-striker, before Darren Sammy could only manage a four off the last delivery, meaning Perth edged home by the narrowest of margins. Read more

Scorchers fend off the Sixers

Saturday January 2, 2016 by  

Perth Scorchers have claimed a nine-wicket victory, tonight over rivals the Sydney Sixers at the Furnace in Perth.

Perth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger against the Sydney Sixers.
Photo courtesy of Keane Bourke/Perth Scorchers

Led by David Willey with the ball and top-order trio Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh and Marcus Harris, the Sixers total of 8-112 was never seriously challenged by the home side who achieved the target with 33 balls to spare.

English import Willey claimed man of the match honours after he finished with 3 for 22, putting the visiting Sixers well on the back foot in his first two overs.

Marsh (63 not out) and Klinger (28) meanwhile continued on from where they left off against the Renegades mid-week though their attempt to notch another 100-run plus first wicket stand was halted on 65 when Klinger paddled over his left shoulder to Will Somerville standing at fine leg in the 10th over. Read more

Head always believed Strikers could win

Friday January 1, 2016 by  

Last night’s hero Travis Head has said the Adelaide Strikers always had belief after he guided the side to a remarkable five-wicket victory over the Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval.

Entering the 17th over with 51-runs still required for the win, Head smashed 56 off his next 15 balls to bring up his maiden Big Bash League century and secure the win for the Strikers.

Speaking to media after the match, Head said that the team always gave themselves a chance even when the required run rate was climbing. Read more

WBBL Strikers end year on a high

Thursday December 31, 2015 by  

The Adelaide Strikers have kicked off Adelaide’s New Year’s Eve party in style with a 35-run win over the Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval today.

Packed on paper with international superstars, the Western Australian side imploded, falling to 100 all out as they failed to chase the Adelaide Strikers’ target of 135 in front of a 10,500-strong crowd.

The Strikers set out with intent from the start, running well and setting a strong platform with star wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor (48) once again the lynchpin. The pressure created by a competitive total was soon capitalised upon by some probing and disciplined bowling to rip through the Scorchers batting line-up. Read more

Strikers sizzle in the Furnace

Monday December 21, 2015 by  

The Adelaide Strikers have accounted for the Scorchers at The Furnace in Perth this evening by four wickets.

The Strikers notched up a third win from five visits to the WACA Ground and second overall from as many starts in season five of the Big Bash League.

Man of the match Adil Rashid spun a web over Michael Carberry, Mitch Marsh and the Scorchers middle-order to finish with 2 for 21 off four overs then hit the winning run. Read more

Ferguson out for remainder of 2015-16 season

Wednesday December 16, 2015 by  

Southern Redbacks batsman Callum Ferguson has suffered a cruel blow to his 2015/16 season, with scans today confirming the 31-year-old has torn the ACL in his left knee.

Ferguson injured his knee while fielding in a practice match with his BBL side, the Melbourne Renegades yesterday.

Scans this morning revealed an ACL tear in his left knee, ruling him out of the remainder of the summer. Read more

Redbacks secure big win over Victoria

Tuesday December 8, 2015 by  

The Southern Redbacks have raced to an eight wicket victory in their Sheffield Shield match against the Victorian Bushrangers today at the MCG.

Joe Mennie and Chadd Sayers led the way for the bowlers to start Day Three, claiming two wickets each, before Tom Cooper fired with the bat to set up the chase in South Australia’s favour.

Needing 145 for the win after bowling the Bushrangers out in the morning session, the Redbacks got their chase off to an aggressive start, with Cooper and Cosgrove finding the boundaries early to keep the run rate climbing. Read more