Strikers set Thunder 116 runs for BBL win | Ralph Lauren

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Opener Jake Weatherald cracked a half-century as the Adelaide Strikers set Sydney Thunder 116 runs to win their finals-shaping BBL match.

Weatherald made 80 from 47 balls as the Strikers posted 4-115 from 14 overs in a rain-reduced Monday night fixture at Adelaide Oval.

The winner between the third-placed Strikers (28 points) and fourth-placed Thunder (27 points) will secure a spot in the finals, with the loser to rely on results from three games on Tuesday.

A day after the teams clashed in 41 degree heat at the same venue, rain delayed the start of play by an hour before the Thunder struck two early blows, dismissing Alex Carey (two) and Phil Salt (one) inside five overs.

And when captain Travis Head (two) was caught on the point boundary in the seventh over, Adelaide were in the mire at 3-35.

The Strikers hit just four boundaries in the initial seven overs – all to Weatherland, who at the halfway stage had scored 29 of his side’s 37 runs.

It took until the 11th over – the sole power surge over under the restricted match conditions – for another batsman to reach the boundary, when Jon Wells struck consecutive fours off Adam Milne.

Weatherland repeated that feat in the same Milne over, reaching his half-century from 36 balls.

Wells (21 from 18 balls) fell in the 13th over as Weatherald (eight fours, four sixes) continued his late flourish.



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