• An unnecessarily close win for the Strikers, who were rescued by Jake Lehmann hitting a six from the final ball of the game after a middle-overs slowdown that very almost cost them the game.
  • The Hurricanes will be rueing a disappointing batting performance, in which just three players scored more than 11 runs, being bowled out for 143. Adil Rashid took two wickets for just 16 runs in his four overs, but was beaten to top wicket taker by Michael Nesser, who moped up the tail in the final over.
  • The Strikers batting was also relatively disappointing, despite their win. Both Tim Ludeman and Travis Head covered their run lines for us, but Ludeman's slowdown in the middle overs forced Head to hit out, and he was caught on the rope, and Ludeman batted the full 20 over without making 60, which he also did in the previous game. This puts pressure on his partners, and, as a Scorchers backer for the title, I'm personally hoping that he continues to open for the Strikers.
  • With six points and having played their final game here, the Hurricanes BBL05 is all but over, with a massive defeat for the Thunder and the Renegades required for them to sneak into the play-offs.
  • The Strikers, with one game left to play, have secured a play-off spot, and likely a home semi-final. This performance was far from convincing, however, and they will be looking to put in a better showing against the Renegades.

The Strikers visit Dockland Stadium to take on the Renegades on 18th Jan