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Renegades hammer Scorchers



A supreme bowling performance and a half century for Shaun Marsh has led the Melbourne Renegades to a seven wicket win over the Perth Scorchers at Blundstone Arena on Saturday night.


Opening bowlers Josh Lalor and Kane Richardson shared six wickets between them as the Scorchers were knocked over for 130 in 19.1 overs, the Renegades never headed in their moderate chase to record their first win of BBL 10.


Having won the toss and chosen to bat the Scorchers got off to a horror start, losing three wickets in the four over powerplay to be on the back foot immediately.


Debutant imports Colin Munro (0) and Joe Clarke (10) departed to left armer Lalor, while Josh Inglis fell for nine to the bowling of Richardson to leave Perth 3-19.


Experienced pair Ashton Turner and Mitch Marsh seemed to be steadying the innings with a 39 run stand before Turner was run out by a direct hit from wicketkeeper Sam Harper for 24.


Debutant leg spinner Peter Hatzoglou won leg before wicket verdicts on Cameron Bancroft (3) and Marsh (17) despite evidence to suggest the wrong decision had been reached on both occasions.


Aaron Hardie top scored with 33, but the innings was wrapped up without any late damage as the Scorchers could only manage 130.


Lalor claimed 3-30 from 4 overs, while Richardson was the support act with 3-22, Hatzoglou with two wickets on debut in red.


The chase was effectively sealed by openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh, the pair adding 70 in 8 overs to take the game away from the Scorchers.


Finch miscued a slower ball from Jhye Richardson to be caught by a backpedaling Mitch Marsh at cover for 35, but his brother Shaun was in vintage touch, reaching a half century as the victory line approached.


Sam Harper chipped a return catch to be out for five, Marsh eventually removed for 62 with scores level by Richardson, who was the only shining light for Perth in taking 2-20.


Victory arrived two balls later, sealing a crushing win for the Renegades, a first up loss for the Scorchers.


Earlier the Melbourne Stars made it two wins in as many days with a 22 run win over the Sydney Thunder, the team in light green losing 8-57 to squander a strong position at 1-90.


The Stars are the Scorchers next opponent, at York Park in Launceston on Wednesday.


IMAGE: The West Australian.