Strikers win to go top of BBL
Adelaide Strikers became the latest team to occupy top spot in the Big Bash League after an eight-wicket win over Melbourne Stars.
The hosts chased down their target with eight balls to spare at Adelaide Oval, leaving the Stars nursing another defeat.
Adelaide were boosted by wicketkeeper Alex Carey's 59 not out, with captain Travis Head making 53.
I thought we executed reasonably well for the first 10-11 overs but there were a couple of overs that went for too many.Glenn Maxwell
Carey, who largely played sheet anchor, slog-swept Adam Zampa for six for the win.
Colin Ingram (15 not out) was fortunate to still be at the other end after being reprieved twice late, Jackson Coleman misjudging a running catch and Glenn Maxwell grassing an absolute sitter in the outfield.
Maxwell, arriving at the crease at 34-3, sent a reminder to Australia selectors with a blistering 60 to pilot the visitors to 151-6 while Marcus Stoinis stroked a fluent 39.
Head signed off on his BBL campaign with his best individual performance of the season as he prepares to join the Australian ODI side in Melbourne.
"It was nice to get a good personal score and get us over the line in my last game," he said. "It was nice to accelerate through the middle and get close enough to make it easier at the end."
Maxwell was disappointed to see the Stars slip to another defeat, though he felt the performance was encouraging overall.
"I thought we executed reasonably well for the first 10-11 overs but there were a couple of overs that went for too many," he said. "It was disappointing to be on the losing side but we've made improvements."
Adelaide are 11/4 to win the Big Bash League title.
Melbourne Stars are 1/1 to win their next game against Melbourne Renegades who are priced at 17/20.
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