four to finish! Strikers win by eight wickets, with this one being a dominant performance. Full delivery outside off, and this time he places that right between point and cover-point while having a go at that
Strikers win, and they move on to 28 points while being No. 4 on the table with all their matches done, qualifying for the knockout stages in the process. But exactly which five teams make it to the next stage remains to be seen, and so keep hanging around as the action between Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers begins in Melbourne. But thanks for your company here, as Thilak, Srivathsa, and me, Himanshu, bid goodbye!
"English players seem to do quite well in Australia… But, of course, only when they aren't actually playing for England" --- Therein lies their secret to doing well in Australia, Ted.
Here's the man of the moment Cockbain: "Nice to get some off the middle. The wicket is pretty good. I was playing club cricket in Melbourne... [before I came here to play]. It has been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. We have got a bit of momentum. I know players just from watching, not really playing. I am stil learning."
7.33pm A crushing batting display, and that is it. They restricted Sixers to 160, and Renshaw and Cockbain ensured the target was mopped up with ease. Both looked fearless from the outset, going for their shots knowing fully well what a win - not least the Bash Boost point - meant. Excellent job by Fawad and Siddle with the ball, and some brilliant batting seals the deal for Strikers.
And the wait continues...
fuller, and outside off. He steps across, but can only tap that back to the bowler
full ball in the driving length outside off. He nudges at that, but finds the man at cover
Christian from over the wicket
Peter Llewellyn: "As a Scorchers fan, thanks to the Strikers - you've reduced my anxiety!"
slower ball on a short of a length outside off, and he finds cover-point with his cut. So Strikers will have to wait for the winning run...
John: "Still can't believe Sixers didn't bring Pope in for Bird or Dwarshuis. Saw what Fawad was doing and game was to early for due to change the pitch. Plus they have Christian and Henriques to bowl pace if needed"
sent flying into the deep midwicket stands! What a hit - that was flat and furious. Short of a length ball on middle and off, and he rides the bounce to clobber that away for six
short delivery on middle, and he swivels while pulling to fine leg
Barry: "Full credit to the strikers for the turn around this year. They honestly didn't look like winning another game a few weeks ago."
off the outside half of the bat to mid-off. It was a back of a length ball on middle and off, as he tried to pull, but got that from what seemed like the toe end of the bat
much fuller on middle and off, and driven down long-on with the full face of the bat
short of a length on off, and pulled to the right of long-on after allowing the ball to come since it was a slower ball
Kerr replaces Abbott. Around the wicket.
CJay: "Been a kiwi Glouc fan for the past 10 odd years ever since Hamish Marshall went there and Bracewell was coach. Glad to see Cockbain doing well in Australia and hope he can pick up a few more contracts around the world"
fuller on off, and tucked to long-on with a slightly closed face of the bat. Murphy ends with just 22 off his four overs
back of a length on middle, and cut away to deep point from close to his body
fuller still on off, and fired quicker. Dragged to long-off after making room
slightly back of a length on off, and pushed to the man at midwicket
comes down too, and makes room, but nudges that full and straight ball back to the bowler
AlistairDiamond: "Flying? Billings had to do an eight hour drive to get there!" --- Only an England fan will know that that drive indeed felt like a flight...
full at 100kph on off. He dances down, and pushes that to long-on
Murphy will finish off.
short of a length outside off, and wide of off too. He has a pull, but gets a bottom edge back toward the bowler
outside edge, and four! That goes in between the keeper and short third man. It was a full-toss on off, as it came off the higher side of the bat as he had a slash at that
fired over the bowler's head! That was bowled with a slinging action, and right in the slot on a full length outside off. Cockbain got into it to swing his arms freely, and crashed that beyond the ropes
fuller, but pretty wide of off. Slower ball again, and this is going further away. Left alone, and wide called
Danny C: "Okay... feel a bit better now" --- Full credit to Dr. Cockbain. His shots really work, don't they?
continues bowling with a change of pace, and on a short of a length on off. This is too close to his to cut, and he finds point