Scorchers v Strikers, BBL 2013-14, Perth January 16, 2014

Simmons' record ton helps Scorchers to semis

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Perth Scorchers 203 for 7 (Simmons 102) beat Adelaide Strikers 198 for 6 (Hughes 58) by five runs
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Craig Simmons slammed the fastest century of the BBL, off just 39 balls, to power Perth Scorchers to 203 at the WACA. His blistering knock was only just enough to help Scorchers get over the mark as the Adelaide Strikers fought to finish five short in a thriller. The win secured a place in the semi-finals for Scorchers.

Simmons, the left-handed opener, lost his opening partner Simon Katich early, in the second over. He began by slogging Johan Botha over deep square leg for his first six and raced towards his fifty with three more hits over the ropes. Shaun Tait came in for some punishment as well, as Simmons slapped one over deep extra cover.

Simmons then slammed two sixes and a four off consecutive balls off Botha to take 22 off an over. His partner in a second-wicket stand of 103 off just 8.2 overs, Sam Whiteman, made a relatively pedestrian 20 off 19 balls before hitting Jon Holland to Phillip Hughes at backward point. Michael Neser, the right-arm seamer, then suffered at the hands of Simmons as he smashed 20 off his over, including three fours and a six to move to 95 off 38 balls.

Simmons got to the landmark with a six off Holland over long-on. It was the fastest T20 hundred on Australian soil, beating the previous record of 44 balls set by England's Luke Wright, for Melbourne Stars over Hobart Hurricanes in Hobart in BBL 2012. Simmons fell the same over for 102, caught trying to clear deep fine leg, off Holland. Tait then took three wickets as Scorchers finished on 203 for 7.

Strikers were given a sound start by their openers Alex Hales and Hughes, who added 68 in just 7.4 overs. Jono Dean then took 21 off a Mitchell Marsh over to help the Strikers surge ahead. But his promising knock ended at 29 when he was run out attempting a second run. Hughes fell the following over for 58, caught at long-on.

Strikers needed 61 off the last four overs and their chances of winning hinged on Nathan Reardon, who smashed three sixes. But his departure in the 19th over was the turning point as it left them needing 17 off the last over. It came down to six needed off one ball and Tim Ludeman failed to put it away.

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  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    What is the hoopla hear? Injury should not cause you loose one's position in the team. Botha was declared fit and as such should be automatically in. Then his replacement is consequently be out. I am also wonder if Shakib was a victim of limitations of number of active allowed in the squad. If so, he should not feel missed out. However, if that was not the case than he should have been given a serious look ahead of the other three new additions.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    i think shakib was batter than botha . bcz shakib was top performer in his first game in bbl , in the 2nd match he jst did 1 over so that was not proper judgement of strikers ,they should give more chance to shakib . bcz he is very much capable than botha in every sector .

  • Graham on January 17, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Abdullah; Too be fair they hadn't lost before Saqib came then they never won with him. So it appears have Saqib and lose.

  • VIPIN on January 17, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    big bash is a huge disappointment when compared to ipl mainly because players are not showing the same spirit they show at ipl.i dont know weather the reson is money or crowd which is really encouraging.

  • ESPN on January 17, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    No Sakib no winning the matches

  • James on January 17, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    @Chris_P: I agree, i would like to see the strikers make it to the semis. They are a good team and if they make it to the finals, they could give the champions trohpy a real good shake.

  • Ben on January 17, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @Shaji - coming into this game Botha was bowling at an average of 5.5 runs an over and in the Sheffield Shield (yes it is a different form of game) he's currently the equal top wicket taker with O'Keefe so he is clearly doing something right. It was unfortunate he was bowling to someone in an absolute zone. Totally agree with you on the Richardson move though, although Ludeman has had a pretty average BBL series, especially compared to some of his performances last season.

  • Ryan on January 17, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    Swarzi, are you seriously suggesting it's easier to score 200 in 50 overs than it is to score 100? The history of the game clearly suggests otherwise.

    class9ryan, Simmons is talented but hardly young (he's 31). Australian cricket needs as much mature talent as it can get in the system - that's how we raise the bar. But we desperately need more of our 25-30 year old batting talent to show genuine form (40+ averages) in the four day game so we have options if and when Rogers, Watson and Clarke come of the boil/get too old. More immediately, we need to find a better Test number 6 than Bailey.

  • Wayne on January 17, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    It was great to see Simmo make the most of his opportunity. First class cricket has been a long hard road for him. He played Aus Under 19's in about 2002 with Shaun Marsh. Only about 2 or 3 years ago he was working as a FIFO (Fly in Fly Out Worker) in the WA mines. He was playing grade cricket spasmodically for Rockingham Mandurah when he wasn't working. Simmons, Voges and Whiteman all come from a small grade club (Rockingham/Mandurah) that has only been playing 1st grade since the late 90's. Although he was born in NSW, his family moved to Perth when he was young as his dad works for the Australian Navy at Garden Island. The submariners would of been partying last night. Hopefully he gains a lot of confidence from the innings and backs it up.

  • Graham on January 16, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Boggs ia usually an excellent captain but when Simmons got on that role he had to bring Taut on to go at his body or Richardson to grab the wicket. Shaji Joseph; Botha is captain of all South Australian sides and we have seen a much better South Australia in all formats in recent years. There are ebetter international cricketers out there but he is a fine cricketer and made a massive impact as captain. The Shakib historia has gone to far, yes he is a very good cricketer buy was only a medical replacement and besides he has to return to play for Bangladesh and would not be available for the full tournament. Adelaide is the first side to give an opportunity to a Bangladesh cricketer, I can't fathom why Bangladesh fans are venting at Adelaide considering this and the knowledge he was only ever going to play whilst Botha is injured

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