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Ingram, Laughlin shine as Strikers climb to second spot
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Ingram, Laughlin shine as Strikers climb to second spot

The Adelaide Strikers climbed to second spot on the BBL ladder after hammering the Melbourne Stars by 41 runs.

Openers Evan Gulbis (37) and Ben Dunk (25) started quickly as the Stars marched to 49 without loss from the first five overs but after that only Dwayne Bravo (33) made any impression.

Dunk's departure, courtesy of a fine outfield catch from Michael Neser off Ben Laughlin (3/19), triggered a collapse which the Stars, despite the best efforts of Bravo, never recovered from.

Wes Agar bowled Gulbis for his maiden BBL scalp while leg-spinner Liam O'Connor captured the key wickets of in-form Nick Larkin and captain Nic Maddison to slog sweeps and Neser snared 2/32.

With the asking rate climbing, Bravo launched O'Connor for a couple of sixes but wickets continued to tumble around him and the West Indian superstar eventually holed out to Neser off Rashid Khan to put the result beyond doubt.

Earlier, the Strikers overcame a sluggish start before vice-captain Colin Ingram (57), skipper Travis Head (43) and Jonathan Wells (32) blasted them into a match-winning position.

The hosts smashed 138 off their last 12 overs after they were battling at 2-40 off the first eight, following the early exits of Matt Short and Jake Weatherald.

Plunkett (4/36) snared the dangerous Ingram and pinch-hitter Rashid before Wells produced a stunning 14-ball cameo.