The Adelaide Strikers have sent a much-needed reminder of their title credentials with a stirring victory over the Sydney Sixers.
In front of a full house in their now traditional New Year’s Eve blockbuster at the Adelaide Oval, the Strikers ended 2016 in the best possible way.
It was a game full of peaks and troughs though as the Strikers made a blistering start through Jake Weatherald and captain Brad Hodge, who took on the Sixers attack through the powerplay.
Ben Dunk kept that momentum going and the Strikers were sitting comfortably at 2-100 early in the 12th over when the wheels fell off.
Sean Abbott did the damage and rattled through the Strikers batting line-up, taking 5-16, the second-best bowling figures in Big Bash League history.
Only same late hitting from Kieron Pollard boosted the Adelaide total to 9-152, which barely looked enough when Jason Roy and Daniel Hughes made an equally brisk start to the chase through the powerplay.
But 0-34 quickly turned into 7-64 as wickets continued to fall.
The final nail was hit when Chris Jordan held onto a spectacular caught and bowled chance from his England teammate Sam Billings to end the Sixers’ hopes.
Billy Stanlake ran through the tail to finish with 3-17 to cap what was the best team bowling performance of BBL06 so far.
The win was the Strikers’ first of the tournament and lifts them off the bottom of the ladder ahead of a trip west to take on the Perth Scorchers.