Adelaide Strikers opener Alex Carey has scored the first century of BBL|10 to gives Strikers crucial victory. The heat was bowled out for 115 in pursuit of 198.

The score: Adelaide Strikers 5-197 (Carey 1010, Labuschagne 2-20) beat Brisbane Heat 115 (Labuschagne 28, Agar 4-27, Siddle 3-13) by 82 runs

Adelaide Strikers opener Alex Carey has scored the first century of BBL-10, helping his side reach 197 at the Adelaide Oval. Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey opened the batting for the Strikers for the first time this season. Carey’s knock of 101 came from 62 balls and included 10 fours and three sixes. He was well supported by fellow top-order batters Jake Weatherald (36), Travis Head (25) and Phil Salt (26).

The Heat did miss a golden chance to send Carey on his way for 26, with Marnus Labuschagne spilling a simple chance off his own bowling. Alex Carey, eyeing his second BBL century, stood in their way. He eventually got to his landmark in the final over of the innings, bringing it up in 60 deliveries. This is also the first BBL century this season. He was caught down the leg side for 101 off 62 as Strikers reached 197 for 5.

After putting up 197, Strikers got off to an excellent start as Chris Lynn was caught at deep square-leg for 17 off 9. He had just hit Wes Agar for a six in the similar region but failed to clear the man there off the next delivery.

Wes Agar continues his good form in the tournament, removing Marnus Labuschagne for 28. Joe Denly caught at deep point for 15 its third wickets for Wes Agar.

Heat have failed to secure the bash boost point and now need 13 an over to attain their target from here. Safe to say, Strikers, are in pole position to secure three more points.

The heat took the power surge right after it was available, but it was a disaster as Peter Siddle removed both Joe Burns and Lewis Gregory off consecutive deliveries to sink Heat further.

Wes Agar conceded just seven from the next over, which meant Heat had scored just 12 from the two power surge overs and also lost a couple of crucial wickets. Liam O’Connor too got into the act, dismissing Jimmy Peirson for 12 after the wicketkeeper-batsman top-edged one in an attempt to reverse sweep. Michael Neser then had Jack Wildermuth caught behind.

X-Factor player Max Bryant played a valiant cameo of 25 in the middle order, but the damage had been done.

Strikers fast bowler Wes Agar claimed four wickets for the Strikers, while Peter Siddle collected two wickets inside the Power Surge.

The innings finished on a huge high with Michael Neser clunking one of the best catches of the BBL.

The Strikers collect four points and move to the fourth spot with this comprehensive win. A superb all-round performance from the hosts. Right from the toss, everything went right for the Strikers. After opting to bat, they posted a mammoth total on the board on the back of Alex Carey’s century – the first ton of BBL 10. TEAMS

Alex Carey | Player of the Match: Very happy with the result. Hopefully this will give us the momentum. Agar was brilliant with the ball. We tried everything in the books, Jake was outstanding at the top. Great to have Nas back, no surprises what he did there (about the catch) but really unbelievable. Will see if I go back in the auction (IPL). We are lucky how the draws panned out for us. Sydney Thunder have played very good cricket, so a couple of big games to go for us.

Toss: Adelaide Strikers have won the bat flip and have opted to bat.

Adelaide Strikers XI: Alex Carey (wk), Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Travis Head (c), Matt Renshaw, Ryan Gibson, Michael Neser, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Liam O Connor, Peter Siddle

X-Factor subs: Daniel Worrall and Jon Wells

Brisbane Heat XI: Joe Burns, Chris Lynn (c), Joe Denly, Marnus Labuschagne, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mitchell Swepson, Morne Morkel

X-Factor subs: James Bazley and Max Bryant

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