Paceman Kane Richardson has joined a rare BBL milestone club but his Melbourne Renegades have crashed to a 49-run loss to the Adelaide Strikers.
Richardson is just the third bowler to collect 100 BBL wickets, taking 4-32 as the Strikers were all out for 149 on Thursday night.
But the Renegades were then bundled out for just 100 in 18.4 overs at Adelaide Oval with the Strikers’ star spinner Rashid Khan claiming 2-17 from four overs and Wes Agar taking 3-17 from three.
Renegades skipper Richardson joins three-franchise paceman Ben Laughlin (111 wickets in 96 games) and Sydney Sixers stalwart Sean Abbott (106 in 81) in the BBL’s 100-wicket club.
Richardson now has 103 victims, also from 81 matches, with his latest feats instrumental in stifling the momentum of Adelaide’s batsmen.
After a blazing start from opener Matt Short (32 from 17 balls), the Strikers were 0-34 after 17 deliveries.
But the home side then lost all their wickets for 115 runs in a slide triggered by Afghan spinner Zahir Khan (2-33).
Zahir dismissed Jake Weatherald (11 from eight) and Short before Richardson stole the limelight.
The fast bowler collected his milestone 100th wicket by trapping Daniel Drew (12) lbw and then, in his next over, dismissed Adelaide’s top-scorer Jon Wells (37 from 30 balls).
Richardson added two more wickets in the 19th over as the Strikers were bowled out.
The Renegades’ run chase began with a bright partnership of 39 in 4.5 overs by Sam Harper and Mackenzie Harvey.
But Harvey (19) was run out in a horror mix-up with his partner when both ended at the same end of the pitch.
The rest of Renegades – apart from Harper who top-scored with 33 from 31 balls and was the sole batsman to pass 20 – failed to fire.
The specialist batsmen fell cheaply – James Seymour (10), Jonathon Merlo (four), Mohammad Nabi (12) and Jake Fraser-McGurk (three).
They were all dismissed in a match-defining collapse of 5-26 which cruelled any chance of the Renegades repeating their two-run win over the Strikers in Melbourne on Tuesday night.