KFC BBL|08

Sydney sink Strikers for much-needed win

13 January 2019

Shane Watson blasts fives sixes before Thunder bowlers apply to breaks on Strikers

Shane Watson has wound back the clock to lead the Sydney Thunder to a 71-run thumping of the Adelaide Strikers, igniting their KFC BBL season.

The former Test opener smashed 68 off 40 balls in a captain's knock to fire his side to 6-168 before the Strikers were rolled for just 97 at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.

Not only was it an important mental victory after routing the defending champions, they also jumped the Strikers into the top four.

Watson launches five sixes against Strikers

Watson plundered four fours and five sixes in what was his first half-century of the tournament and said smashing the ball onto the roof against the Heat last week had proved something to himself.

"I'd been mis-hitting the ball for the last couple of games," Watson said.

"That was definitely the catalyst to know that I've still got it.

"I had a couple of training days in the lead up which was good to work on things from a technical point of view. It all clicked today."

Watson leads the way with 68 at Spotless

Spinner Arjun Nair starred for the Thunder with the ball, taking 3-12 in including the wicket of Colin Ingram (48) - the only Adelaide batsman to pass 11.

After Jono Wells was stumped off Chris Green for 11, the Strikers collapsed, losing their last six wickets for 22 runs.

The Thunder chose to omit Jono Cook - who was coming off a 3-27 return against the Brisbane Heat - because of team balance after the departure of Englishmen Jos Buttler and Joe Root.

However they bowled out the Strikers in 17.4 overs for an important two points to give their all-important net run rate a big boost.

Earlier, Watson and Jason Sangha rebuilt the Thunders' innings with a 77-run partnership after Rashid Khan claimed New Zealand allrounder Anton Devcich (21) and Callum Ferguson (0) with consecutive balls.

Rashid turns the game with two in two

The home side looked headed for a big score at 2-119 after nine overs but the Strikers successfully applied the brakes.

The Thunder at one point lost three wickets for seven runs and went eight overs without a boundary.

Sangha (30) and Daniel Sams (0) went in one Billy Stanlake over before Watson was guilty of throwing his wicket away when he mis-timed a Michael Neser full toss.

However the Thunder smashed 20 runs off the final Ben Laughlin over - thanks to some big hitting from Jay Lenton (27 off 16) - to post what proved a winning total.

Stanlake’s horror run out in Sydney

"It was really disappointing today," Ingram said.

"It's shown that on our day we can beat anyone. There are some positive signs and we're halfway. Even with a loss today it's not the end of the world in terms of the standings."

The Thunder smashed 20 runs off the final Ben Laughlin over - thanks to some big hitting from Jay Lenton (27 off 16).

Thunder XI: Shane Watson (c), Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Jay Lenton (wk), Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed

Strikers XI: Jake Weatherald, Matt Short, Travis Head (c), Colin Ingram, Jonathan Wells, Harry Nielsen (wk), Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Liam O'Connor, Billy Stanlake

League Ladder

Last 5
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Pts
1
HURRICANES
14
20
2
RENEGADES
14
16
3
SIXERS
14
16
4
STARS
14
14
5
HEAT
14
13
6
THUNDER
14
13
7
STRIKERS
14
12
8
SCORCHERS
14
8

Batting

Most Runs

D'Arcy Short

637


Matthew Wade

592


Marcus Stoinis

494


Callum Ferguson

442


Daniel Hughes

399


Bowling

Most Wickets

Kane Richardson

24


Sean Abbott

22


Steve O'Keefe

21


Josh Lalor

20


Tom Curran

20




Filed Under

Adelaide Strikers Men

Sydney Thunder Men

KFC BBL|08