Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, BBL 2011-12, Brisbane January 3, 2012

Klinger, Cooper take Strikers to easy win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adelaide Strikers 166 for 4 (Klinger 53, Cooper 43*) beat Brisbane Heat 135 (Paulsen 35*, Richardson 2-2, Muirhead 2-17) by 31 runs
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A positive start by Michael Klinger and a late surge by Tom Cooper helped Adelaide Strikers beat Brisbane Heat by 31 runs at the Gabba. The win took the Strikers to second place while Heat are languishing at the bottom. Captain Klinger led the way with an unbeaten 53, building useful stands with opener Daniel Harris followed by Callum Ferguson. He batted steadily, striking seven fours in his 53. He fell in the 13th over with the score on 91, and Cameron Borgas followed in the 16th over with the score on 124. Cooper, though, gave the innings more impetus at the death, in the company of Johan Botha. The pair added an unbeaten 42 in 25 balls to take the Strikers to 166.

Matthew Hayden got the chase going with a couple of early boundaries but the Heat chase never really threatened, as the Strikers picked up wickets at regular intervals. Seamer Kane Richardson dismissed the openers, going for just two runs in his two overs, while Brendan Drew and James Muirhead also took two wickets each. The highest score in the innings was 35, and that came from No.8 Steve Paulsen. It took 18 overs for Strikers to bowl out their opponents.

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  • Javier on January 4, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    A group of 11 of us went to game last night. Great atmosphere, great company and a good night but what an atrocious performance from the Brisbane Heat. I have no doubt the skilled Heat vricketers worked hard and put in a big effort but the execution was poor.The dismissals were what you would expect in lower grades of country cricket, not from full time professionals. Let's hope it was just a once off bad night for the Heat.

  • Gary on January 3, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Why is Cullen Bailey not on the Strikers list when we have 2 Victorian leg spinners on the list. Another disgraceful effort by Berry in bringing over his mates from Victoria. That Muirhead was terrible. Very lucky to pick up 2 wickets. Cullen Bailey can bat and is in better form than McGain? and this kid from last night.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    It was Klinger, not Clarke :)

  • Ronnie on January 3, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Michael Clarke did well to play a test in Sydney and a 20/20 in Brisbane all in the one day.

  • Aidan on January 3, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Didn't know Clarke was divine - shifting from his decent innings in Sydney to make his way to Adelaide and star in the innings - wow very impressive MC

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Err, Michael Clarke or Michael Klinger?

  • James on January 3, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Glad to see that Michael Clarke could back up his innings in Sydney by making a good start for the Strikers in Brisbane tonight. Come on 'staff writers', proof your copy. If you need these reports written by domestic viewers (rather than blokes in Indian offices thousands of kilometres away), I'll happily put my hand up.

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