Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, BBL 2014-15, Adelaide January 6, 2015

Scorchers hand Strikers their first loss

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Perth Scorchers 6 for 133 (Voged 54*, Zampa 2-26) beat Adelaide Strikers 115 (Hogg 2-11, Tye 2-20, Agar 2-24, Arafat 2-30) by 18 runs
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Adam Voges' unbeaten 54 propped Scorchers' innings © Getty Images

Two wickets apiece from left-arm spinners Brad Hogg (2-11) and Ashton Agar (2-24) stifled the Adelaide Strikers, who suffered their first loss of this season as the Perth Scorchers defended a total of 133 to win by 18 runs. The Scorchers' win was set up first by an unbeaten fifty from Adam Voges, and later by four bowlers who took two wickets each to move them to second in the points table.

The Scorchers' top three batsmen didn't get great starts after they were put in to bat, scoring a total of 41 runs before Voges, at No. 4, led the charge. After Adam Zampa disturbed the top order, Shaun Tait and Ben Laughlin knocked the stumps to reduce the Scorchers to 5 for 75 in the 13th over. However, Voges resisted and counterattacked, and combined with Ashton Turner and Yasir Arafat to charge them to 6 for 133, striking six fours in his 36-ball 54.

The Strikers started with a strong opening stand of 38 in 5.2 overs, before the openers fell within 10 runs. They lost their third wicket without much progress and were 3 for 65 in the 11th over, and never recovered from there. Hogg struck in his third over with the wicket of Travis Head, and from thereon the chinaman bowler and Arafat ran through the middle and lower order, aided by a run-out.

Hogg came back to have Ryan ten Doeschate caught at long-off in his next over for 4 and Agar bowled Johan Botha with a quicker delivery to leave them reeling at 92 for 7. The win was sealed after Arafat dismissed Zampa and Kane Richardson in successive overs as the Strikers lost their last six wickets for 41 runs. Andrew Tye was the fourth bowler to pick two wickets. The loss does not affect the Strikers' position in the table as they still sit at the top and have a two-point lead over the Scorchers and Sydney Sixers.

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