Voges guides Scorchers to top of BBL table


Perth Scorchers 6 for 141 (Voges 56*, Bancroft 49, Rashid Khan 3-20) beat Adelaide Strikers 6 for 137 (Weatherald 56, Carey 25, Richardson 2-23) by four wickets
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In the last-ever BBL game at the WACA, the Perth Scorchers ran down a small total to clinch a win over the Adelaide Strikers in the last over. It was a predictable, yet fitting finale to a ground that has served them so well.

The nervy win secured the Scorchers the top spot on the BBL table. They have already booked a home semi-final at the brand new 60,000-capacity Optus Stadium, just across the Swan River. Should they win that match, they will host the final courtesy of this victory.

The Strikers paid a price for tinkering with their line-up. They limped to 6 for 137 on a great batting surface. The Scorchers bowled exceptionally well, as they always do, but the decision to bat Alex Carey at No. 6 to promote Jono Dean will be questioned should the Strikers be forced to travel for the final. They also opted to rest the in-form Peter Siddle eight days away from the semifinal.

Billy Stanlake and Rashid Khan pulled the Strikers back into the game with four quick wickets in the chase, but Adam Voges and Cameron Bancroft steadied the ship. The Scorchers captain finished with a calm and calculated unbeaten half-century to guide his side home with three balls to spare.

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