Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, BBL, Perth January 8, 2012

Hogg spins Scorchers to clinical win


Perth Scorchers 5 for 184 (North 70, Gibbs 65) beat Adelaide Strikers 142 (Hogg 3-20) by 42 runs

A sprightly Brad Hogg incited panic among the Adelaide Strikers with a consummate spell of left-arm wrist spin to deliver the Perth Scorchers a 42-run victory at the WACA. The Strikers were motoring in pursuit of the hosts' 5 for 184 until Hogg flummoxed Michael Klinger in his first over, and followed up by dismissing the visiting captain and Tom Cooper in his second.

Michael Beer chimed in with the wicket of Callum Ferguson, and by the end of the night Hogg had scooped 3 for 20 from his four overs while also knocking Aaron O'Brien's drive onto the stumps to run-out Cameron Borgas. Ferguson and Klinger were both stumped adeptly by Luke Ronchi, another key contributor to the Scorchers' defence.

Herschelle Gibbs and Marcus North had made attractive runs to lift Perth to their total, despite the parsimony of O'Brien and two wickets from the young spinner James Muirhead, who has a promising leg break but needs to polish his fielding.

Daniel Harris and Klinger had begun the Strikers' chase in a most intelligent and productive fashion, picking off boundaries with neatly lofted strokes, though never resorting to anything too wild. One Klinger straight drive from Nathan Rimmington was as clean as anything struck in the tournament so far, while Harris earned six when his drive off Nathan Coulter-Nile landed on the rope at wide long off.

They had added 48 in less than five overs when Harris played inside a Ben Edmondson delivery that flicked off stump. Adam Crosthwaite followed a charge and drive redolent of Dean Jones with an ill-advised hook and a running catch for Hogg, but Klinger continued to pierce the gaps and keep the run-rate around 10 per over.

He was held up for the first time in the innings by Hogg, who began with two perfectly-pitched googlies to beat Klinger's pressing blade and conceded only four runs from his first over. The pressure told on Ferguson, who stumbled out of his crease when Michael Beer drifted one down the legside and was stumped by a yard.

Klinger could not make head or tail of Hogg, and the first ball of his second over slipped past the Strikers captain for Ronchi to complete another fine stumping, this time removing the bails with Klinger's foot judged to be on the line. Tom Cooper then swung Hogg to deep backward square where Edmondson held the catch on the jog. Hogg's bowling had turned the innings, and Adelaide would not threaten the target.

Gibbs has been providing a decent helping of crisp strokeplay at the top of the order for the Scorchers, and here he pinged three boundaries from Brendan Drew's first over through midwicket, gully and cover, the third from a free-hit after the bowler had overstepped.

Daniel Salpietro's unassuming offspin was greeted with a Gibbs six first ball, and the South African flayed two further boundaries in the over to lift the hosts to 48 from five overs. Harris' first over was treated with similar contempt, three full tosses put away, though the third might have been stopped by Muirhead, who was struggling in the outfield and had already dropped North at square leg.

As such, Muirhead had some compensating to do with the ball, and he duly found a nicely pitched leg break that landed short of where Gibbs wanted it and drew a skied drive to long-off. North by now was getting into stride, cracking a pair of wonderfully clean sixes from the bowling of Muirhead and Salpietro, but he lost Mitchell Marsh when Drew found some extra bounce outside off stump.

Paul Collingwood rattled up 18 runs, all of them from the bowling of Muirhead, before another delivery of useful loop and drop fetched a second wicket from an outfield catch. The final overs were suitably hectic, North's composed innings ended when he was first dropped at long-on then run-out as Drew recovered to fire in a flat return.

The Scorchers are now level with the Hobart Hurricanes at the top of the table, while Adelaide are stalled with three other sides on four points.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Was brilliant watching the game at the waca last night, great atmosphere..any chance of cheerleaders to spice things up like in the ipl?

  • Andrew on January 9, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @Dismayed - that's a fairly handy line up of bowlers not playing. I expected big things of Richardson this year, he's hardly been sighted! I'm a fan of Bailey as well, thought he do a bit better than he has this yr!

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 3:29 GMT


  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Just to clear things up, Richardson was a late withdrawal. If he had played the Scorchers total would be up to 20 runs less. Botha is back in South Africa and won't take any part in the rest of the BBL. It's horrible seeing Callum Ferguson out of form. As many as 6 of the players in this team are from Victoria. Dissapointing

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    bobagorof@ Mitch Marsh couldn't be worse than Warner and he can at least bowl given time he will be a good all rounder, still if we get to Adelaide 3-0 I'd give him Wade and one other a game to expose them to it, we need to blood younger players more give them a one of game and then let them go and think about whether they want it bad enough

  • Matt on January 9, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Apart from his first over, I don't think Salpietro bowled that badly. I like that side-arm delivery. Hope to see him get another game (if not for the Strikers then for Victoria). Also, great to see Hogg bowling well.

  • Gary on January 8, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Cullen Bailey should be then leg spinner in the Strickers squad. Why no Putland, Richardson,Haberfield, Dan Cullen is a better offspinner than this Victorian kid last night. Bailey and Cullen are and will continue to be better bowlers than the 2 victorians Berry has included. Berry seems to be assembling a Victorion 3rd Eleven. Someone at the SACA needs to wake up!

  • Michael on January 8, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    jonesy2: good to see Mitch Marsh scoring a Test-match-worthy 10. Get him into the Australian side, quick!

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    oh godd whats happening to my fav team adelaide strikers !! hope they win next. 2 games with a gud run rate and qualify for semis !! fergusson needs to step up the team luks like it is one batsmen short becoz of pollard's absence send botha at no.3 u will put a decent total on board for sure !!

  • Bryn on January 8, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    hoooooggggggyyyyyyyyy....hooooggggggggggggyyyyyyyyyyy......hooooggggggyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. that was the chant at the waca tonight. HOOOOOGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGYYYYYYY!!!! get him in the aussie t20 team along with stuey and the king.

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