BBL 2014/15 1st semi-final: Sixers pummel Strikers to book spot in final

Maddinson hammered seven boundaries and five sixes during his knock of 85

Maddinson hammered seven boundaries and five sixes during his knock of 85

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Sydney Sixers batsman Nic Maddinson smashed a sensational 85 to not only help his side pummel the Adelaide Strikers by 87 runs, but also book them a spot in the final.

Sixers captain Moises Henriques would have been content with his decision to bat first after opening batsman Michael Lumb was run out by Travis Head for 32.

Riki Wessels managed to make 24 runs before he was clean bowled by Shaun Tait.

Maddinson and Henriques stabilised the innings with an 82-run partnership, during which Maddinson brought up his half-century, before he was cleaned up by Kane Richardson for 85, which came off 48 balls and included seven boundaries and five sixes.

Jordan Silk only made three runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ben Laughlin.

Thanks to Henriques’ unbeaten knock of 27, the Sixers finished on 181/4 off their 20 overs.

Richardson, Laughlin and Tait picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 182 to win, the Strikers never really got out of the starting blocks.

To add insult to injury, Laughlin and Brad Hodge were the only two batsmen to reach the 20-run mark, while the rest of the team were dismissed for 15 and below.

In the end, the Strikers were put out of their misery when they were bowled out for 94.

Doug Bollinger was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe snapped up two wickets apiece and Brett Lee claimed one.

Maddinson was named Man of the Match for his spectacular knock of 85.

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