BBL 2013/14 Match 6: Strikers escape with six-run win despite Hussey’s blitz

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Klinger was the Strikers’ top-scorer with 44 runs

The Adelaide Strikers escaped with a six-run victory against the Sydney Thunder despite a magnificent knock of 85 by captain Michael Hussey.

The Strikers managed to get their first win of the Big Bash League (BBL) season after their match against the Hobart Hurricanes was abandoned due to heavy rain.

Hussey won the toss and chose to bowl first.

His decision looked to be the right one as opening batsman Alex Hales was caught by Kurtis Patterson at extra cover off the bowling of Luke Feldman for 16.

Phillip Hughes also made 16 runs before being caught by Eoin Morgan off the bowling of Carl Sandri.

Michael Klinger managed to smash 44 runs off 34 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Feldman.

The Thunder eventually finished on 153/6 at the end of their 20 overs thanks to Callum Ferguson, who scored 22, and Nathan Reardon, who finished unbeaten on 32 off 21 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Feldman and Dirk Nannes were the pick of the Strikers’ bowlers with two wickets apiece, while Sandri and Chris Woakes chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 154 to win, the Thunder got off to a horrible start as their top three batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 20 runs on the board.

Hussey and Morgan stemmed the bleeding with a spectacular 109-run partnership, during which Hussey brought up his half-century, before Morgan was caught by Ferguson as backward point off the bowling of Michael Neser for 35.

With the Thunder needing just 10 runs off the last over to win, former Australia pace bowler Shaun Tait stepped up and helped the Strikers win the match with some tight bowling.

He was even rewarded with the wicket of Hussey, who smashed 85 off 56 balls, which included five boundaries and four sixes.

Neser was the most successful bowler for the Thunder as he picked up three wickets, while Tait and Johan Botha snapped up one wicket each.

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