Sydney Thunder skipper Mike Hussey hit 85 but still saw his side slip to a 15th straight defeat after losing by six runs to the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.
Put into bat, the Strikers hit a competitive 153-6 off their 20 overs, with Michael Klinger top-scoring with 44 off 34 balls, including a six.
The Thunder got off to the worst possible start, losing Daniel Hughes lbw to Strikers skipper Johan Botha in the second ball of the innings.
Then in the fourth over, Michael Neser took two wickets in two balls - Carl Sandri and Ryan Carters - to leave the Thunder languishing on 20-3.
Eoin Morgan survived the hat-trick ball and the hosts then regrouped and looked set to finally break their long losing run as he shared a 109 fourth-wicket partnership with Hussey.
But the England international departed for 35 in the 17th over - caught by Callum Ferguson to hand Neser his third wicket - before the hosts needed 14 runs off the final two overs.
A tight penultimate over from Kane Richardson saw just four runs conceded and Shaun Tait was handed the task of holding the Thunder off at the death.
He did just that, bowling superbly as the Thunder, needing ten runs to win off six balls, still required seven runs off the final two balls.
Going for a big hit, Hussey holed out to Botha, so bringing to an end his blistering 56-ball innnings, having hit four sixes and five fours.
Hussey's departure brought Chris Woakes to the crease but the Englishman, needing to hit a six off the last ball to tie the game, could only play and miss to hand the Strikers the victory.