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Jake Weatherald hammered a 44-ball 71 as the Adelaide Strikers cruised to a 32-run win over the Melbourne Renegades.
Being put in to bat first, the Strikers got off to a brilliant start as Weatherald and Alex Carey amassed a 60-run partnership before Carey was dismissed by Cameron Boyce for 16.
Boyce struck again in his next over as Strikers captain Colin Ingram was caught by Cameron White at cover for six runs.
Matthew Short fell soon after, while Weatherald went on to score 71, which came off 44 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes, before he was run out by Usman Khan Shinwari.
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The Strikers began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Weatherald’s dismissal, but Jonathan Wells’ unbeaten 22 and Rashid Khan’s seven-ball 21 helped them finish on 158/6.
Boyce was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Shinwari and Dan Christian chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 159 to win, the Renegades got off to a dismal start as opener Mackenzie Harvey was caught behind off the bowling of Billy Stanlake for one run.
Sam Harper was the next to go as he was caught behind off the bowling of Michael Neser for one run.
Renegades captain Tom Cooper only made 16 runs, while White and Mohammad Nabi were dismissed for 17 and two runs respectively.
Christian failed to have an impact as well as he was clean bowled by Ingram for three runs.
With the Renegades struggling at 51/6 in the 11th over, Beau Webster and Jack Wildermuth halted the Strikers’ charge with a 40-run partnership.
Wildermuth ended up making 24 before he was clean bowled by Stanlake.
Boyce was on his way back to the pavilion after a quickfire 18, while Webster made 33 before being removed by Neser.
With the Renegades having lost wickets in a hurry early on in their innings, they fell well short of their target as they finished on 126/9.
Stanlake, Neser and Liam O’Connor took two wickets apiece, while Ingram, Rashid and Ben Laughlin claimed one wicket each.
Weatherald was named Man of the Match.