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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Ruthven

Crawley has instant impact as Scorchers look to Boxing Day

Perth Scorchers Assistant Coach Beau Casson says Zak Crawley had an 'instant impact' on Wednesday night, combining with local Aaron Hardie to put on a ‘good display’ of batting.

Hardie and Crawley built an unbeatable 157-run partnership, taking the Scorchers to a 9-wicket victory over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night. 

Crawley, merged seamlessly into the side on team debut, contributing 65* runs, while Hardie dominated the 13th over scoring 26 runs off it, bringing his total to 85*. 

Casson told Sport FM the partnership was a ‘real spectacle’ and something that he hopes fans can continue to witness.

“We've seen over the last couple of years particularly, the challenging place for overseas batsmen to come over and make an impact straight away,” said Casson. 

“(He’s) clearly a very classy player playing international cricket all the time, opening the batting, facing bowlers with an excess of 140km plus, he’s really well-equipped. It just looks very easy and repeatable when Zak plays.

“Then Aaron we've all been witnessing and he's going from strength to strength every year.

“He's certainly adding a few more strengths to his bow with every season and hasn't had a role with the ball as yet but absolutely no doubt he'll get more of an opportunity and more match-ups that suit him which puts the Scorchers in a great position. 

“That partnership, in particular, that over against Dooley where Aaron hit a couple of fours and sixes, it's great to hear the crowd get behind the Scorchers. 

"The boys are enjoying being home and a good display the other night and hopefully we can ride that wave for as long as we possibly can.”

The Scorchers take the field again on Boxing Day, playing the Renegades at Optus Stadium.  

Perth will be without captain Ashton Turner for the remainder of the season, with scans confirming a right knee injury on Friday. 

Turner bowled one delivery before limping off the field against the Hurricanes on Wednesday. 

This comes just days after he was selected in the IPL Auction to play for the Lucknow Super Giants in the 2024 season.

IMAGE: The West Australian


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