This will be Adelaide Strikers’ last round-robin match of this season. They currently occupy the fourth spot with one more playoff spot below them but their position is not as comfortable as it looks.
They hold the fourth position only because of a better NRR than the fifth-placed Hobart Hurricanes. That means that they are theoretically exposed to being usurped by not just Hobart but also Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat.
Adelaide are on a three-match winning streak that has propelled them in mid-table spots after slumbering on the lower echelons for so long.
They beat Melbourne Stars in their last game, thanks to a 73 by Jonathan Wells and a four-for by Henry Thornton, who has impressed in all three of his BBL outings so far and seems like shrewd recruitment.
The Sixers are back to the second spot after being overtaken for a bit by their less illustrious city rivals Sydney Thunder.
What makes the usurping even sweeter is the fact that it came after the Sixers hammered the Thunder again in the second Sydney Smash of the season.
Coming into Friday’s encounter, the Sixers were told to be a bit concerned against a Thunder side that had impressed immensely over the past month. But they proved again that they are the bigger of the two Sydney sides by first amassing 197 runs before restricting the Thunder to just 137, which would have been even less if it wasn’t for returning Thunder skipper Chris Green’s 50.
The game also saw the return of Steve O’Keefe for the Sixers, with the left-arm spinner picking up four key wickets.