All-round Agar steer Perth Scorchers to top of table

Ashton Agar scored unbeaten 26 and picked three wickets as well
Ashton Agar scored unbeaten 26 and picked three wickets as well

Perth Scorchers 114-4 (Cartwright 47no) beat
Adelaide Strikers 112 (Agar 3-19) by six wickets
27th game, Big Bash League, Alice Springs

Ashton Agar came up with a terrific all-round performance as Perth Scorchers reclaimed the top position with a six-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers chasing 113 in the 27th game of the Big Bash League at Alice Springs.

Perth Scorchers won the toss and decided to bowl first. Mitchell Johnson (0-22) bowled a tight first two overs where he conceded just eight runs but Alex Carey (44) helped the Strikers finish the powerplay well with back to back sixes as they scored 47 runs in the first six overs.

William Bosisto (1-9) provided the breakthrough for the Scorchers when he trapped Jake Weatherald (9) LBW and soon Agar (3-19) removed Colin Ingram (3), Jake Lehmann (1) and Jonathon Dean (13) in quick succession.

Carey too departed in the 12th over and the late flourish which the Scorchers were desperately hoping for did not happen as the Strikers were bowled out for 112 in 19.2 overs. Agar was the standout bowler with a three-wicket haul while Tim Bresnan (2-14) and Matthew Kelly (2-13) shared two wickets apiece.

In the chase, despite losing William Bosisto (3), Michael Klinger (17), Cameron Bancroft (15) and Ashton Turner (1) inside the first 49 deliveries and were reduced to 43 for four, Hilton Cartwright (47 not out) and Ashton Agar (26 not out) played responsibly with an unbeaten 71 run stand to take the Scorchers home in 18.2 overs with six wickets in hand.

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