Sensible batting from Travis Head and Alex Ross carried Adelaide Strikers to a five wicket victory over Brisbane Heat at the Gabba earlier today. The duo put on an 87 run partnership in 9 overs which and took their team to their fourth win in the BBL.
Chasing 153 to win, Adelaide started on a positive note as their openers Craig Simmons and Tim Ludeman out on a 25 run partnership before the former was dismissed by Cameroon Gannon caught by Nathan Reardon in the deep mid-wicket. Soon after Jono Dean and Ludeman followed to the pavilion and the visitors were reduced for 63 for 4 when Kieron Pollard was caught in long-on by Dan Christian off James Hopes. It was when Head and Ross joined together and started the repair works.
Both Head and Ross batted cautiously, kept the scorecard ticking by rotating the strike very often. Head then sensed victory and took the attack to the opposition by some fierce hitting. In the mean-time, Head completed his maiden test fifty and remained unbeaten on 57 off 40 balls with 3 fours and three sixes. Ross got out to Gannon when only three runs were needed and skipper Johan Botha came in and finished the job for the Strikers.
Earlier put into bat, Brisbane Heat put on 152 on the board with some useful contributions from Chris Lynn, Peter Forrest and Nathan Reardon. Craig Simmons was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-26 in three overs.
Brief Scores: Brisbane Heat 1526 (Reardon 31, Forrest 33, Simmons 2-26) lost to Adelaide Strikers 158-5 (Head 57*, Ross 36) by 5 wickets.