Perth Scorchers are fresh from finishing a mini-Sydney leg that saw them face Sydney Sixers twice and Sydney Thunder once in back-to-back-to-back fixtures.
They have a defeat to the Thunder sandwiched between wins over the Sixers.
The win over the Sixers, though close, was impressive as it came without Colin Munro, who caught the virus and was unavailable. Jason Behrendorff was also isolated as he was in close contact with the hard-hitting Kiwi.
The duo are expected to miss this game as well as the next and will only be available for the team’s final match of the round-robin stage, provided that they clear all the tests.
The latest setbacks leave the Scorchers much weaker, especially in the batting department, and they’d now have to expect more from their bowlers.
After seeing their weak and meek side get easily dealt with in the Melbourne Derby, the Stars were much better in the clash with Adelaide Strikers – at least their bowlers and one better were!
They rode a Joe Clark 83 to track down the 140-run target set by the Strikers, who were restricted to a modest total at best, thanks to an even bowling performance by the Stars’ ball hurlers.
Haris Rauf, Zahir Khan, and Adam Zampa – all picked up a pair of wickets each and all were stingy with giving away runs.
The batting, apart from Clarke, was still a mess and had it not been for him, the Stars would have lost.
Clarke, the England keeper, has now scored four straight half-centuries and is giving opposition bowlers nightmares. Move over Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott. The league has a new red-hot batter who can do no wrong right now.