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Win takes Scorchers up to second

January 07, 2015 10:12:45 UK

Adam Voges played a key role with the bat as Perth won in Adelaide.

Defending champions Perth Scorchers closed the gap on leaders Adelaide Strikers with an 18-run victory at Adelaide Oval.

A win would have extended the Strikers’ winning streak to five games and secured a finals spot, but the visitors proved better with bat and ball.

Perth skipper Adam Voges hit an unbeaten 54 as his side, put in by the Strikers, made 6-133.

It was only a modest target, but tight bowling from Brad Hogg and Ashton Agar stopped Adelaide from getting close as they were bowled out for 115 in 19.3 overs.

Hogg took two wickets and conceded just 11 runs from his four overs, while fringe Test spinner Agar took 2-24.

Adelaide remain top of the standings, with the Scorchers having overtaken the Sydney Sixers for second spot.

Voges, who hit six fours in his 36-ball innings, and No.8 batsman Yasir Arafat (18 off 12) were the only Perth batsmen to score at better than a run a ball.

Michael Klinger made 21 but was then the first of two wickets in the space of five balls for Adam Zampa, who finished with 2-26 from his four overs.

Strikers captain Johan Botha took a catch at the second attempt at extra cover to remove Klinger, with Michael Carberry then edging behind to Tim Ludeman.

Needing to score at 6.66 runs per over in reply, Adelaide were ahead of the asking rate when Ludeman slogged across the line to be bowled by Jason Behrendorff as the first man out for 22.

He was to finish as his side’s top scorer as though five teammates reached double figures they could not make the most of their starts and they could must only one six in their innings.

The Strikers hit the buffers in the 12th over when Travis Head was stumped off Hogg for 14 and Alex Ross was run out looking for an impossible single from the next ball to leave the home side 5-74.

The final three wickets fell in successive overs, Arafat taking two of them and finishing things off by having Kane Richardson caught for 18 by Behrendorff at long on.

Perth Scorchers are 1.61 to win their next match against Brisbane Heat, who are 2.30.

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