Big Bash League

Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers

Melbourne Stars won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Hi and welcome to the sunny MCG for the all-important clash between the Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers. It's simple for the Stars, win and they make the finals, lose and they're out. For the Strikers, they need a big win to leapfrog the Stars and Heat into fourth position.

Toss: The Strikers have won the toss and not surprisingly elected to bat.

The pitch looks good and winning the toss gives the Strikers the best chance of making a big score and possibly getting a big win as the Stars know they need to win. My name is Andrew Fuss and I'll be taking you through all the actio.

0.1

Hussey to Harris, 1 run, full on off, chipped back just past the bowler to long on

0.2

Hussey to Klinger, no run, worked to square leg

0.3

Hussey to Klinger, 1 run, worked to deep mid wicket

0.4

Hussey to Harris, 2 runs, flicked through mid wicket

0.5

Hussey to Harris, 1 run, low full toss driven to long on

0.6

Hussey to Klinger, 1 run, flicked through mid wicket

End of over 1 (6 runs) Adelaide Strikers 6/0
M Klinger    2* (3b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0
DJ Harris    4* (3b)     

1.1

Bird to Klinger, 1 run, guided to third man

1.2

Bird to Harris, no run, length on off, worked to point

1.3

Bird to Harris, 1 run, worked to mid on for a sharp single

1.4

Bird to Klinger, 3 runs, full on leg, flicked through mid wicket and Faulkner gets to it right on the rope

1.5

Bird to Harris, 1 run, length on leg, worked to mid on

1.6

Bird to Klinger, 1 run, length on leg, worked to fine leg

End of over 2 (7 runs) Adelaide Strikers 13/0
M Klinger    7* (6b)      JM Bird    1-0-7-0
DJ Harris    6* (6b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0

2.1

Faulkner to Klinger, 2 runs, full outside off, drives high over cover, Bailey can't quite get back to catch it

2.2

Faulkner to Klinger, no run, full toss outside off, driven firmly to point, can't pierce the field, missed out there

2.3

Faulkner to Klinger, 1 run, full outside off, edged to third man

2.4

Faulkner to Harris, 1 run, length on off, worked to mid off

Haven't managed to pierce the field yet really, will be hoping for some boundaries and soon.

2.5

Faulkner to Klinger, 1 run, slower ball outside off, guided to third man

2.6

Faulkner to Harris, 1 leg bye, slower ball off the pads to square leg

End of over 3 (6 runs) Adelaide Strikers 19/0
DJ Harris    7* (8b)      JP Faulkner    1-0-5-0
M Klinger    11* (10b)      JM Bird    1-0-7-0

3.1

Hussey to Harris, no run, yorker dug out back to the bowler

3.2

Hussey to Harris, FOUR, driven through gully to beat short third man

3.3

Hussey to Harris, 3 runs, full and driven uppishly through point

3.4

Hussey to Klinger, 3 runs, full and he advances, goes inside out over cover, mistimes it but it lands safely

3.5

Hussey to Harris, 1 run, full on leg, driven to long on

3.6

Hussey to Klinger, 2 runs, full on leg, whipped through square leg

End of over 4 (13 runs) Adelaide Strikers 32/0
M Klinger    16* (12b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-19-0
DJ Harris    15* (12b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-5-0

4.1

McKay to Harris, 1 run, slower ball worked to point

4.2

McKay to Klinger, 1 run, slower ball, whipped to short fine leg

4.3

McKay to Harris, 1 run, driven to point for a sharp single

4.4

McKay to Klinger, 1 run, driven to point off a slower ball

4.5

McKay to Harris, OUT, slower ball, swings hard at it but the extra bounce does him, popping it up to mid off

DJ Harris c White b McKay 17 (19m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 113.33

4.6

McKay to Klinger, 1 run, slower ball worked to short fine leg

End of over 5 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 37/1
M Klinger    19* (15b)      CJ McKay    1-0-5-1
AC Blizzard    0* (0b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-19-0

5.1

Bird to Klinger, 1 run, full outside off, big edge down to third man, lands safely

5.2

Bird to Blizzard, 1 run, length on off, bit of extra bounce, guided to first slip for a quick single

5.3

Bird to Klinger, 1 leg bye, length on off, nipping back, big shout but just going over the top I'd suggest

5.4

Bird to Blizzard, 1 run, full outside off, thick edge down to third man

5.5

Bird to Klinger, FOUR, full on leg, flicked in the air through mid wicket, just over Wright's head who jumps but can't reach it

5.6

Bird to Klinger, 1 run, guided to third man

End of over 6 (9 runs) Adelaide Strikers 46/1
M Klinger    25* (19b 1x4)      JM Bird    2-0-15-0
AC Blizzard    2* (2b)      CJ McKay    1-0-5-1

6.1

McKay to Klinger, OUT, slower ball on off, forces the false drive high to mid off where Hussey gets back to take the catch

M Klinger c Hussey b McKay 25 (26m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

6.2

McKay to Ferguson, 1 run, lenth outside off, worked to fine leg

6.3

McKay to Blizzard, 1 run, another slower ball on off, guided to short third man

6.4

McKay to Ferguson, no run, good, quick bouncer, tries to hook but can't connect

6.5

McKay to Ferguson, 2 runs, length outside off, driven through cover

6.6

McKay to Ferguson, 2 runs

End of over 7 (6 runs) Adelaide Strikers 52/2
CJ Ferguson    5* (4b)      CJ McKay    2-0-11-2
AC Blizzard    3* (3b)      JM Bird    2-0-15-0

7.1

Warne to Blizzard, no run, flat outside off, misses on the cut shot

7.2

Warne to Blizzard, no run, quick on off, pushed back to the bowler

7.3

Warne to Blizzard, 2 runs, flat and quick on middle, worked to mid wicket, nicely placed

7.4

Warne to Blizzard, 1 run, pulls to deep square leg

7.5

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, driven to long off

7.6

Warne to Blizzard, 1 run, driven to long off

End of over 8 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 57/2
AC Blizzard    7* (8b)      SK Warne    1-0-5-0
CJ Ferguson    6* (5b)      CJ McKay    2-0-11-2

8.1

Faulkner to Blizzard, OUT, short on off, rocks back and gets rushed on the pull shot, mistimes it straight to mid wicket

AC Blizzard c White b Faulkner 7 (17m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

8.2

Faulkner to Franklin, no run, length on off, defended to cover

8.3

Faulkner to Franklin, no run, bouncer, ducked under easily

8.4

Faulkner to Franklin, no run, full outside off, driven to cover

8.5

Faulkner to Franklin, no run, length outside off, beats the driving edge

8.6

Faulkner to Franklin, 2 runs, slower ball outside off, driven to cover

End of over 9 (2 runs) Adelaide Strikers 59/3
JEC Franklin    2* (5b)      JP Faulkner    2-0-7-1
CJ Ferguson    6* (5b)      SK Warne    1-0-5-0

9.1

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, driven through point

9.2

Warne to Franklin, 1 run, full on middle, driven to long on

9.3

Warne to Ferguson, 2 runs, rocks back and whips through mid wicket

9.4

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, length on off, rocks back and pulls to long on

9.5

Warne to Franklin, 1 run, driven to long off

9.6

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, whipped through square leg

End of over 10 (7 runs) Adelaide Strikers 66/3
CJ Ferguson    11* (9b)      SK Warne    2-0-12-0
JEC Franklin    4* (7b)      JP Faulkner    2-0-7-1

10.1

Faulkner to Ferguson, 1 run, good yorker dug out to mid on

10.2

Faulkner to Franklin, 1 run, punched to mid on

10.3

Faulkner to Ferguson, FOUR, full on leg, backs away and drives powerfully through mid on

10.4

Faulkner to Ferguson, 1 run, cut through point

10.5

Faulkner to Franklin, 1 run, short on leg, hits the glove and down to short fine leg

10.6

Faulkner to Ferguson, 1 run, pushed to point, would have been well short of his ground had the throw hit the stumps at the bowler's end

End of over 11 (9 runs) Adelaide Strikers 75/3
CJ Ferguson    18* (13b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-16-1
JEC Franklin    6* (9b)      SK Warne    2-0-12-0

11.1

Hussey to Ferguson, no run, down for the big sweep, misses and Wade whips the bails off, foot stayed grounded though

11.2

Hussey to Ferguson, 2 runs, full toss pulled through mid wicket

11.3

Hussey to Ferguson, 1 run, inside edge to short fine leg

11.4

Hussey to Franklin, 1 run, driven to long off

11.5

Hussey to Ferguson, 1 run, driven through point

11.6

Hussey to Franklin, OUT, full on off, drives high, but straight down long on's throat

JEC Franklin c Quiney b Hussey 7 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

End of over 12 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 80/4
     DJ Hussey    3-0-24-1
CJ Ferguson    22* (17b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-16-1

12.1

Bird to Cooper, no run, cut to point

12.2

Bird to Cooper, 1 run, bouncer on leg, top edges the pull shot to fine leg

12.3

Bird to Ferguson, 2 runs, length outside off, cut wide of long off

12.4

Bird to Ferguson, 1 run, driven to long off

12.5

Bird to Cooper, 1 run, pulled to mid on

12.6

Bird to Ferguson, FOUR, short outside off, pulled to deep mid wicket

End of over 13 (9 runs) Adelaide Strikers 89/4
CJ Ferguson    29* (20b 2x4)      JM Bird    3-0-24-0
TLW Cooper    2* (3b)      DJ Hussey    3-0-24-1

13.1

Warne to Cooper, 1 run, pulled to short fine leg

13.2

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, cut to point

13.3

Warne to Cooper, no run, full on off, inside edge into the foot

13.4

Warne to Cooper, 2 runs, full on off, mistimes the drive to long off

13.5

Warne to Cooper, 1 run, full outside off, driven through cover

13.6

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, driven to long on

End of over 14 (6 runs) Adelaide Strikers 95/4
CJ Ferguson    31* (22b 2x4)      SK Warne    3-0-18-0
TLW Cooper    6* (7b)      JM Bird    3-0-24-0

14.1

McKay to Ferguson, 1 run, slower ball pulled to deep mid wicket

14.2

McKay to Cooper, no run, slower ball completely deceives the batsman as he tries to pull, misses everything

14.3

McKay to Cooper, 2 runs, short on leg, pulled to deep backward square leg

14.4

McKay to Cooper, 1 run, short slower ball pulled to deep mid wicket

14.5

McKay to Ferguson, 1 run, pulled to mid wicket

14.6

McKay to Cooper, OUT, short slower ball on off, pulls to deep square leg, easy catch on the rope

TLW Cooper c Bird b McKay 9 (12m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

End of over 15 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 100/5
     CJ McKay    3-0-16-3
CJ Ferguson    33* (24b 2x4)      SK Warne    3-0-18-0

15.1

Warne to Crosthwaite, 1 run, flicked to mid wicket

15.2

Warne to Ferguson, SIX, advances down the wicket, doesn't get all of it but gets enough to clear the rope at long on

15.3

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, waits on this and cuts to point

15.4

Warne to Crosthwaite, 1 run, flicked to long on

15.5

Warne to Ferguson, 1 run, quick on leg, flicked to square leg

15.6

Warne to Crosthwaite, no run, length on off, bottom edges the cut into the ground out to point

End of over 16 (10 runs) Adelaide Strikers 110/5
AJ Crosthwaite    2* (3b)      SK Warne    4-0-28-0
CJ Ferguson    41* (27b 2x4 1x6)      CJ McKay    3-0-16-3

16.1

Faulkner to Ferguson, no run, slower ball outside off, can't connect

16.2

Faulkner to Ferguson, OUT, slower ball outside off, clears the front foot and skies it to cover, easy catch

CJ Ferguson c White b Faulkner 41 (47m 29b 2x4 1x6) SR: 141.37

16.3

Faulkner to Crosthwaite, 1 run, worked to third man

16.4

Faulkner to O'Brien, 2 runs, flicked to deep mid wicket

16.5

Faulkner to O'Brien, 1 run, full and driven to deep cover

16.6

Faulkner to Crosthwaite, 1 run, yorker dug out to point, O'Brien backs up a long way, the fielder shies a the bowler's end, misses and they get overthrows

End of over 17 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 115/6
AJ Crosthwaite    4* (5b)      JP Faulkner    4-0-21-2
AW O'Brien    3* (2b)      SK Warne    4-0-28-0

17.1

Hussey to Crosthwaite, OUT, steps back, shows his stumps on the cut shot and gets bowled, his poor form continues

AJ Crosthwaite b Hussey 4 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

17.2

Hussey to Thomas, 1 run, driven to long off

17.3

Hussey to O'Brien, 1 run, driven to long off

17.4

Hussey to Thomas, 2 runs, flicked to long on, direct hit at the striker's end but they're back safely

17.5

Hussey to Thomas, 1 run, punched back to the bowler, misses an easy run out as O'Brien had backed up a long way, they take an overthrow

17.6

Hussey to O'Brien, 1 run, big swing across the line to deep square leg

End of over 18 (6 runs) Adelaide Strikers 121/7
AW O'Brien    5* (4b)      DJ Hussey    4-0-30-2
AC Thomas    4* (3b)      JP Faulkner    4-0-21-2

18.1

McKay to O'Brien, no run, length on off, slower ball beats the bat

18.2

McKay to O'Brien, 1 bye, slower ball beats the bat, they sneak a bye

18.3

McKay to Thomas, no run, good bouncer, backs away and falls over as he ducks

18.4

McKay to Thomas, OUT, pushed to point where Voges fields and hits the stumps at the bowler's end, brilliant fielding catches Thomas short

AC Thomas run out 4 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

18.5

McKay to O'Brien, 1 run, worked to short third man

18.6

McKay to Lyon, no run, backs away and misses on the cut shot

End of over 19 (2 runs) Adelaide Strikers 123/8
NM Lyon    0* (1b)      CJ McKay    4-0-17-3
AW O'Brien    6* (7b)      DJ Hussey    4-0-30-2

19.1

Bird to O'Brien, 2 runs, yorker dug out to third man

19.2

Bird to O'Brien, OUT, gets across to the off side and flicks a ramp shot straight up in the air and is caught by the keeper

AW O'Brien c †Wade b Bird 8 (14m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

19.3

Bird to Lyon, OUT, backs away and gets clean bowled!

NM Lyon b Bird 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The Strikers have just batted themselves out of the finals race. For the Stars, fourth place is theirs to lose. They just need to make 126 runs to secure fourth spot and a trip west to face the Scorchers. Join us again shortly for the chase.

Match State: Innings Break

Tournament Results
Scorchers v Syd Sixers at Perth - Jan 28, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Hurricanes v Syd Sixers at Hobart - Jan 22, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 7 runs
Scorchers v Melb Stars at Perth - Jan 21, 2012
Scorchers won by 11 runs
Melb Stars v Strikers at Melbourne - Jan 19, 2012
Melb Stars won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Syd Sixers v Scorchers at Sydney - Jan 18, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 1 run
Hurricanes v Melb Reneg at Hobart - Jan 18, 2012
Hurricanes won by 7 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
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Photos

Jan 19, 2012

Dvid Hussey launches into one, Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, BBL 2011-12, MCG, January 19, 2012

David Hussey launches into one

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Jan 19, 2012

Callum Ferguson made 41 off 29 balls, Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, BBL 2011-12, MCG, January 19, 2012

Callum Ferguson made 41 off 29 balls

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