Jordan, Pollard fail to save Strikers from defeat
PERTH, Australia (CMC):
Chris Jordan and Kieron Pollard shared three wickets but failed with the bat as they saw Perth Scorchers beat Adelaide Strikers by 49 runs in the Big Bash League yesterday.
Jordan, the Barbados-born England all-rounder, captured two wickets for 48 runs from his allotted four overs, and Pollard added one for 10 from one over, as the Scorchers posted 197 for seven from their allocation of 20 overs.
Jordan's former England teammate Ian Bell hit six fours and two sixes in the top score of 61 from 42 balls for the Scorchers, after they were put in to bat in the fifth match of the competition played at the Western Australian Cricket Association.
Pollard was dismissed for four off former Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and Jordan was trapped leg before wicket to discarded Aussie spinner Ashton Agar, as the Strikers were restricted to 149 for nine in their 20 overs. It was their second straight defeat.
The Strikers have eight days off before they face Sydney Sixers on Old Year's Day on home soil at the Adelaide Oval.