Carey key for Strikers as Sixers stay winless
Alex Carey struck 83 not out and Michael Neser held his nerve with the ball in a tense finale as Adelaide Strikers edged out the winless Sydney Sixers by six runs in the Big Bash League on Thursday.
Carey carried his bat as the Strikers posted 167-3 after being inserted at the SCG, the opener striking eight fours and two sixes in his 59-ball innings.
Skipper Travis Head chipped in with 29, while Jonathan Wells (33 not out from 19 deliveries) provided crucial impetus late on, sensationally clearing the roof of the Bill O'Reilly Stand with one enormous maximum.
Despite a 32-ball 50 from Jordan Silk, the Sixers were in big trouble at 127-7 with 16 balls remaining, still needing 41 more for victory.
Steve O'Keefe (28) and Ben Dwarshuis (21 not out) each cleared the ropes on two occasions to leave 10 needed from the last five balls.
Yet Neser, who had been hit for six by Dwarshuis at the start of the final over, responded superbly, nailing his yorkers to give up just three runs in the remainder of an over that ended with O'Keefe being bowled.
WELLS WOWS WITH WHOPPING SIX
The game's most eye-catching moment undoubtedly arrived in the final over of the Strikers' innings, when Wells smited Dwarshuis for an enormous six over deep midwicket.
Host broadcaster Channel Ten measured the maximum at a monstrous 104 metres, with the ball incredibly clearing the roof of the sizeable Bill O'Reilly Stand.
RASHID SHINES AGAIN
Afghanistan's Rashid Khan has now played two BBL games for the Strikers and returned impressive figures of 2-22 in each of them.
The 19-year-old leg-spinner deceived Sam Billings and Silk on Thursday and already looks an astute signing for Adelaide.