Drought over: Bottom placed Perth Scorchers vigors to first BBL win over Adelaide Strikers

The Perth Scorchers stunned the Strikers early, removing in-form openers Phil Salt (4) runs off 2 deliveries and Jake Weatherald (6) runs off 10 deliveries within the first three overs of the game.

Carey was then quick to find his score and launch a counter-attack for his side, smashing five boundaries across the first eight overs to steady the ship.

Alex Carey consolidated with Matt Renshaw (19) for a crucial third-wicket stand of 48 before the latter was caught at mid-on off tall Scorchers paceman Aaron Hardie, who took 2-7 off his first two overs.

Alex Carey reached his 50 and approached to build bigger partnerships with Jon Wells (2), Matt Short (6) and Rashid Khan (8), but the trio all lasted less than three overs to ensure any momentum generated was quickly halted.

Alex Carey was taking the post, picking up runs and boundaries whenever available. Overs 18 and 19 were power surge overs. Carey started it off well with four-over covers. But Fawad Ahmed dropped a sitter off the very next delivery to give Carey a huge lease of life. Carey took full advantage of that smacking a four and a six off Andrew Tye to pick up 16 from the first over. Carey’s excellent knock finally came to an end when he holed out at deep mid-wicket for 82 off 59 to give Jhye Richardson his third wicket of the match. Strikers, in the end, managed just 20 runs from the Power Surge overs. Alex Carey helps to 9/146 at the end of the first innings.

Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-19 as he bowled with aggression and pace.

While Chasing 147 runs for victory at the Adelaide Oval, Perth Scorchers opener have made a steady start with Englishmen Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone having batted sensibly in the power-play.

The Englishman Jason Roy was on 49 and the Strikers were cruising at 0-57 midway through the eighth over before Roy mistimed a shot and was caught at short cover off Wes Agar’s bowling. A few balls later, fellow opener Liam Livingstone was dismissed thanks to an outstanding diving catch by wicket-keeper Alex Carey to leave the Scorchers on shaky ground.

But Josh Inglis (44*) and Mitch Marsh (38*) then comfortably took control of the contest and methodically reduced the run-rate to under six runs per over. They first helped the Scorchers secure the Bash Boost point after reaching 76 by the end of the 10th over then put on an unbeaten 67-run stand to secure full points for Perth. Full Scorecard

The win came despite the best batting efforts of Strikers captain Carey, who earlier threatened to single-handedly deny Perth victory.

Jhye Richardson, Player of the Match:– Definitely (happy with the win), more importantly for us to get on the board, hopefully we can get a little bit of momentum going on. We owe it to our fans. To come back and put a performance on the board like we did tonight is definitely a positive moving forward. (On Aaron Hardie) Absolutely brilliant. He’s the one to watch out for, he’s had a fantastic pre-season, he started well in Shield season as well, he’s improving every game and we love to see that. Roy at the top, showing intent, but then we speak about partnerships through the middle, Mitch and Inglis did a fantastic job for us to get over the line

TOSS: Perth Scorchers win toss, opted to bowl

Adelaide Strikers XI: Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Alex Carey (c & wk), Jonathan Wells, Matthew Short, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle

X-factor subs: Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson

Perth Scorchers XI: Josh Inglis (wk), Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed

X-Factor subs: Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson


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