ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Brad Hodge of the Adelaide Strikers walks from the field prior to the Big Bash League Semi Final match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval on January 21, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Strikers’ season all but over says Hodge

Adelaide captain Brad Hodge has said his side’s finals hopes have been dashed after their two-wicket loss at the hands of the Melbourne Stars on Tuesday night.

The result sees the Strikers with a 2-4 record after six games, and with just two matches remaining, a lot of results must go Adelaide’s way if they’re to feature in the finals.

They currently occupy sixth position on the table and have two tough games against the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder to come, and Hodge is realistic about his side’s chances.

“I’m not even sure what the result is. I thought we were pretty much dust after today,” Hodge said.

“Probably, the reality is that that’s true. But look, we’ll go out and see what we can do. I guess it’s in the gods’ hands at the moment and we’ll see what happens.”

Injuries to Kane Richardson, Jon Holland and import Chris Jordan have threatened to derail their season, and when all-rounder Travis Head and bowler Billy Stanlake were selected for the ODI side, Adelaide’s XI looked even more depleted.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the Strikers however, as they will have been very pleased with Kiwi spinner Ish Sodhi’s debut against the Stars, after he took 2-25 in four overs as Jordan’s injury replacement.

Richardson has returned to the nets in another positive for the club, as Hodge believes his absence has been a big hole all season long.

“He’s been sadly missed, I suppose,” Hodge said.

“He’s a pretty professional T20 cricket player. Probably in situations like (against the Stars), that’s where that experience comes in pretty important.”

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