BBL 2013/14 Match 25: Scorchers skirt past Strikers behind Simmons’ record-breaking century

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Simmons smashed eight sixes during his historic knock

Perth Scorchers opening batsman Craig Simmons scored the fastest century in Big Bash League (BBL) history to help his side skirt past the Adelaide Strikers by five runs.

Strikers opener Phillip Hughes deserves some credit as well as he scored a magnificent half-century.

Scorchers captain Simon Katich won the toss and elected to bat first.

However, his decision to do so backfired as he himself was clean bowled by Kane Richardson for nine runs.

Simmons and wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman made up for the early loss of Katich with a brilliant 103-run partnership, during which Simmons brought up his half-century, before Whiteman was caught by Hughes at backward point off the bowling of Jon Holland for 20.

Simmons ended up scoring the fastest century in the history of the BBL before he was caught by Alex Hales at deep fine leg off the bowling of Holland.

Simmons’ historic knock of 102 came off just 41 balls and included eight boundaries and sixes.

Mitchell Marsh failed to have an impact with the bat as he was run out for seven.

Following Marsh’s dismissal, Adam Voges and Hilton Cartwright were removed in quick succession.

Pat Cummins only made three runs before he was caught by Johan Botha at mid-off off the bowling of Shaun Tait.

The Scorchers eventually finished on 203/7 off their 20 overs thanks to a quickfire 27 from Ashton Turner and 15 from Jason Behrendorff.

Tait was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Holland snapped up two and Richardson chipped in with one.

Chasing 204 to win, the Strikers got off to a solid start as Hughes and Hales put together a 68-run partnership before Hales was clean bowled by Yasir Arafat for 31.

Jono Dean managed to make 29 runs before he was run out by Cartwright.

Hughes ended up registering his half-century before he was caught by Brad Hogg at long-on off the bowling of Behrendorff.

Hughes’ excellent knock of 58 came off 46 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Following Hughes’ dismissal, Travis Head and Botha were removed in quick succession.

Despite making a quickfire 30, Nathan Reardon could not help the Strikers reach their target.

Arafat came to the Scorchers’ rescue once again as he restricted the Strikers to 11 runs off the final over when they needed 17.

Cummins, Behrendorff, Hogg, Turner and Arafat all picked up one wicket apiece.

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