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Allround Agar lifts Scorchers to the top of the table

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Agar picked up three scalps and made a vital contribution down the order

Agar picked up 3 scalps and made an important contribution down the order © Getty

Ashton Agar’s all-round efficiency arrange Perth Scorchers’s six-wicket victory in opposition to Adelaide Strikers at Traeger Park in Alice Springs on Saturday (January 13), serving to the Western Australia-based staff regain the top spot in the procedure.

Agar completed with nice figures of Three for 19 from his 4 overs and used to be complemented smartly by means of Matthew Kelly and Tim Bresnan, who picked up two wickets apiece, to assist prohibit Strikers to 112. Scorchers have been in a place of trouble in the chase, lowered to 43 for four. But Hilton Cartwright (47*) and Agar (26*) got here to their staff’s rescue with an unbeaten 71-run stand for the 6th wicket to assist their facet over the line with 1.four overs to spare.

Opting to bowl, Scorchers had to wait till after the powerplay for his or her first wicket as Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald have been excited about a forged 49-run opening stand. But Weatherald’s departure in the 7th over used to be adopted by means of Colin Ingram’s dismissal in the 8th as Agar picked up his first wicket.

Agar went on to account for the wickets of Jake Lehmann and Jonathon Dean whilst Kelly, who used to be bowling in tandem with Agar, despatched again Carey and Michael Neser to go away Strikers at 92 for six in the 16th over. The flurry of wickets didn’t stop as Bresnan added a pair of wickets to his title to wrap up the innings in the ultimate over.

Scorchers’ openers have been watchful at the get started of the chase however their circumspect method did not materialise into anything else large as each fell to Neser in successive overs. Having controlled most effective 28 in the powerplay, Scorchers suffered any other setback a twinkling of an eye later as Cameron Bancroft failed in his try to heave a Peter Siddle supply, handing a catch to mid-wicket. At the different finish, Rashid Khan used to be in the heart of a cheap spell and foxed Ashton Turner with a googly which left Scorchers 4 down.

With Scorchers in want of resurrection, Cartwright and Agar reduce out any dangers at the get started of their partnership, content material to rotate the strike whilst capitalising on the unfastened deliveries. Billy Stanlake used to be responsible of erring in his line and period in the 12th over and ended up conceding a pair of fours, one each and every for Cartwright and Agar, the first time each those batsmen discovered the ropes.

Cartwright then added a pair of sixes to his tally, ensuring to take the most toll when Siddle bowled a brief supply and a complete toss. Even as Rashid completed his miserly spell with figures of 1 for 15, runs got here lovely simply at the different finish as Cartwright equipped the completing touches with a 4 off Neser.

Brief ratings: Adelaide Strikers 112 in 19.2 overs (Alex Carey 44; Ashton Agar Three-19, Matthew Kelly 2-13) misplaced to Perth Scorchers 114/four in 18.2 overs (Hilton Cartwright 47*, Ashton Agar 26*; Michael Neser 2-18) by means of 6 wickets.

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