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The Adelaide Strikers’ Alex Carey can’t help but be in the centre of the action on New Years Eve but his brilliant individual performance was all in vain. news.com.au December 31, 2020 6:34PM Last updated December 31, 2020 9:48PM AEDT The Perth Scorchers have taken it to the final hours of 2020 to claim its…

The Adelaide Strikers’ Alex Carey can’t help but be in the centre of the action on New Years Eve but his brilliant individual performance was all in vain.

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December 31, 2020 6:34PM

Last updated December 31, 2020 9:48PM AEDT

The Perth Scorchers have taken it to the final hours of 2020 to claim its first win of the 2020-21 BBL season with a seven wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers.

After a 71-run loss earlier in the week with the BBL bubble tossing up some odd fixtures, the Scorchers were on top from the outset, needing only to get past Strikers skipper Alex Carey for the win.

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Early wickets saw the Strikers down 2/16 off 2.3 overs as Carey came to the crease to hold the innings together.

His 82 off 59 balls with 12 fours and a six got the Strikers to 9/146 but he was the only Adelaide batsman that looked at all comfortable in the middle.

Matthew Renshaw’s 17-ball 19 and Danny Briggs with 10 off eight balls were the only other players to make double figures.

Former Australian bowler Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with 3/19 off four overs with Aaron Hardie taking 2/21 from his four as well.

“Every time they looked like getting a partnership going, someone got out and made Alex Carey pull back a little bit,” Brad Haddin said. “If he had someone go with him, maybe they could have got to that better total. But they weren’t allowed to tonight, the bowlers strangled them. Alex Carey played a really good knock but everyone else struggled with the quality of the bowling.”

The Scorchers then got off to a belter with Jason Roy seemingly farming the strike and hitting a 32 ball 49 before a leading edge undid all his good work.

But two balls later, Liam Livingstone went for a late cut while on eight off 13 balls but it went too fine, with Carey showing off his athletic ability with a stunning grab.

The Australian white-ball wicketkeeper Carey showed off his skills, with the one handed catch.

“What a beauty,” Brendan Julian screamed.

“That’s what you want to see, it got me out of my seat,” Brad Haddin added. “Big nick, watched it all the way. Alex, you deserved that, well done.”

Kerry O’Keeffe added: “That’s a hanger. Past him, pouched.”

Perth then claimed the Bash Boost with a four on the last ball of the 10th over before Rashid Khan caught import Colin Munro LBW in front for six.

But it was the last joy for the Strikers as Josh Inglis finished up on 44 not out off 31 balls and Mitchell Marsh hit a 24-ball 38 not out as the pair guided the Scorchers home.

It was a necessary win for the Scorcher who move off the bottom of the ladder and a win behind the Melbourne Stars in fifth ahead of a four-game home swing in Perth.

Both teams play again on Sunday afternoon with the Scorchers hosting the last-placed Renegades and the Strikers hosting the Sydney Sixers.

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Alex Carey hit 82 off 59 with the bat but has arguably turned the game with the gloves having taken a stunning catch to dismiss Liam Livingstone.

After the openers guided the Scorchers to 57 without loss, Agar’s seventh over was very successful with both going in three balls.

First Jason Roy was dismissed for 49 off 32 balls after having most of the strike with a leading edge his undoing.

But two balls later, Livingstone went for a late cut while on eight off 13 balls but it went too fine, with Carey showing off his athletic ability with a stunning grab.

The Australian white-ball wicketkeeper Carey showed off his skills, with the one handed catch.

“What a beauty,” Brendan Julian screamed.

“That’s what you want to see, it got me out of my seat,” Brad Haddin added. “Big nick, watched it all the way. Alex, you deserved that, well done.”

Kerry O’Keeffe added: “That’s a hanger. Past him, pouched.”

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It takes Agar to the top the ladder and from a comfortable 0/57, two new batsmen were at the crease.

But Josh Inglis and Colin Munro had to guide the side to the Bash Boost point with a four on the last ball of the 10th over.


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The Strikers have been led by a lone hand with Alex Carey taking charge with 82 off 59 balls.

Matthew Renshaw (19) and Danny Briggs (10) were the only other batsmen to pass to 10.

It leaves the door open for the Scorchers to claim its first win of the season.


Andrew McMurtry

So much revolves around Alex Carey who has had to slow down to carry the team.

The Strikers are 5/106 from 15 overs and Carey has played a lone hand with 55 from 44 balls.


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The Adelaide Strikers are in a precarious position after 10 overs after Jono Wells was run out.

Alex Carey hit the ball straight to Jason Roy and took off, leaving Well stranded as he was run out by a long way.

It leaves Adelaide 4/75 after 10 overs with Alex Carey still around for to keep the Strikers going.

“What are they doing?” Brendan Julian asked in commentary.

In the final balls of the over, there was almost another wicket as another mix up almost saw another dismissal.

The game appears to be pretty even at this point.


Andrew McMurtry

The Perth Scorchers are still without a win this season but they’re in the best position they’ve been all season.

After a 71 run pasting earlier in the week, the side has bowled first again but with three wickets in the first eight overs, the side is looking a bit better.

Aaron Hardie has 2/7 off 2 overs as the pick of the bowlers.

But the Strikers are setting a bit of a platofrm at 3/68 off nine overs, with plenty resting on if Alex Carey can stick around.

He’s currently on 32 off 23.

They were 2/16 after two wickets in the powerplay.


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Ahead of the final game of 2020 between the Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers, Cricket Australia have revealed that Australian representative spinner Adam Zampa has been suspended for a match.

He will miss the January 2 match between the Stars and Hurricanes after he accepted a charge of “audible obscenity” in the Melbourne side’s 75-run loss to the Thunder.

After bowling a short ball, Callum Ferguson hit the ball deep into the outfield with one of his teammates misfielding a ball to give away a four.
Zampa appeared to say “f*** me”.

In a BBL statement, it was revealed that “Zampa was found guilty of a Level 1 offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct and accepted a penalty of one suspension point and a $2500 fine.”

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