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Following a heart-wrenching loss, Adelaide Strikers consolidated their poor position in the points table as they stand third from the bottom of the table. Their last encounter was against Melbourne Stars who moved up to occupy the third spot in the table by displacing Brisbane Heat. The Strikers will be looking to score a payback win against Melbourne Stars when the two teams face each other once against on 23rd December at the same venue. With almost half the tournament already gone, it's high time for Adelaide Strikers to get some points under they want before it is too late.
Thanks to their recent loss, the Strikers are unmoved from their fifth position in the points table and with just eight matches to go and just three points in their kitty, they have their work cut out. Although as their net run rate suggests, all their losses have been pretty close which indicates that there isn't much wrong with what they've been doing so far.
In their last match, against Melbourne Stars, the Strikers could score a total of only 144 on a tricky surface. The same old problem of their batsmen not firing crept up against as no one except Sophie Devine got going from their top order. Wicket-keeper batsmen McPharlin stretched their total to 144 after Devine departed which allowed their bowlers to put up some fight.
Despite a subpar total on the board, the Strikers' bowlers bowled with a lot of heart. Megan Schutt was phenomenal upfront as she returned with the figures of 16 for 1 in her four overs. Although she went wicketless, Wellington played a vital role in playing the holding role as Hazell and Devine picked up a couple of important wickets.
Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates, T McGrath, B Patterson, Amanda Wellington, T McPharlin, T Saville, Danielle Hazell, S Coyte, A Price, Megan Schutt.
Melbourne Stars are now standing pretty at the third spot in the points table, behind only the two teams from Sydney - the Thunder and the Sixers. However, the Stars would have to be wary of the fact that they've played at least a game extra as compared to the teams around them in the table.
Although they won their encounter against Adelaide Strikers, there still exist plenty of issues which they need to address and address quickly. It will be concerning for them that despite being in a position of strength midway through the Strikers' innings, they allowed Strikers to get to a total that they did. Secondly, their top-order once again appeared a little brittle and they made a mess of an easy chase before Osborne bailed them out.
Osborne contributed with both bat and ball as she scored a match-winning fifty and picked up two important wickets. In her spell of four overs, she conceded only sixteen runs, which was instrumental in keeping Strikers from getting to a formidable total. Lizelle Lee, too, played a flamboyant knock of 33 which allowed the batsmen coming in late to take their time to settle down on a tricky batting surface.
Lizelle Lee, Angela Reakes, Mignon du Preez, Erin Osborne, Katie Mack, Georgia Elwiss, Annabel Sutherland, Alana King, Nicole Faltum, Nicola Hancock, Holly Ferling.
The Strikers need to sort their problems out and need to do it quickly unless they want to get into a situation where they have to win every game. The Stars, although haven't been at their best, have managed to score important points to stay afloat in the top four. The Stars were a better team on Friday and have been so throughout the tournament as compared to the Strikers which makes them better placed to win the upcoming game as well.