BBL 2014/15 16th Match: Head helps Strikers cruise past Heat

Head hammered three boundaries and three sixes during his match-winning knock of 57

Head hammered three boundaries and three sixes during his match-winning knock of 57

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Adelaide Strikers batsman Travis Head smashed a spectacular half-century to help his side cruise past the Brisbane Heat by five wickets.

Strikers captain Johan Botha would have been mulling over his decision to bowl first after the Heat’s opening duo of Jimmy Peirson and Peter Forrest amassed a 60-run partnership.

The partnership was finally ended when Forrest was given out lbw off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 33.

Forrest was the Heat's top-scorer with 33 runs

Forrest was the Heat’s top-scorer with 33 runs

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Peirson went on to score 27 before he was caught by Kieron Pollard at long-on off the bowling of Craig Simmons.

Daniel Christian only made six runs before he was clean bowled by Simmons.

Chris Lynn managed to make 28 runs before he was caught by Head at at long-off off the bowling of Botha.

Pollard took the catch initially, but since he was going to step over the boundary rope, he tossed the ball to Head to ensure the catch was completed cleanly.

Ben Cutting and Nathan Reardon stabilised the innings with a 49-run partnership before Cutting was caught by Kane Richardson at long-off off the bowling of Ben Laughlin for 21.

Laughlin struck again just three balls later when he clean bowled Heat captain James Hopes for one run.

Thanks to Reardon’s unbeaten knock of 31, which came off 30 balls and included two sixes, the Heat finished on 152/6 off their 20 overs.

Simmons and Laughlin picked up two wickets apiece, while Zampa and Botha chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 153 to win, the Strikers got off to a poor start as their top four batsmen were back in the pavilion with 63 runs on the board.

Head and Alex Ross steadied the innings with an 87-run partnership, during which Head brought up his half-century, before Ross was caught behind off the bowling of Cameron Gannon for 36.

Ross ended up making 57 off 40 balls, which included three boundaries and three sixes, as the Strikers went on to win the match with seven balls to spare.

Gannon was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Hopes and Mark Steketee claimed one wicket each.

Head was named Man of the Match for his dazzling knock of 57.

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