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Scorchers break through for first win



The Perth Scorchers have secured their first win of BBL10, defeating the Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets on Thursday night.


It was the perfect way to end the year of 2020 for the team in orange, having gone winless through their first four matches.


For a second straight match Perth skipper Ashton Turner won the bat flip and chose to bowl first, hoping his batsmen would fire after being bowled out for 94 three nights earlier against the same opposition.


The Strikers batting innings was a stuttering affair, captain Alex Carey the shining light with 82 from 59 balls, lacking any support as the home side posted 9-147 from their 20 overs.


Jhye Richardson (3-19 from 4 overs) and Aaron Hardie (2-21 from 4) were the bowling stars for the Scorchers, Richardson getting the ball rolling with the wicket of Phil Salt in the game's opening over.


The chase got off to a fine start thanks to boom recruit Jason Roy, who made 49 from just 32 balls before departing to the bowling of Wes Agar.


Having shared a fifty run stand with his countryman Liam Livingstone fell two balls later courtesy of an acrobatic catch from wicketkeeper Carey, fellow import Colin Munro trapped in front by Rashid Khan for just six as the Strikers worked their way back in to the contest.


Having moved down to number four in the batting order Josh Inglis found form with the bat in the company of Mitchell Marsh, the pair batting the team all the way to victory in the 18th over without further loss.


Inglis made a season high score of 44 not out from just 31 balls, while Marsh was undefeated on 38 from only 24 balls, having added 67 to make certain of the Scorchers first triumph of the season.


Richardson was awarded player of the match for his bowling performance, encouraging signs for the speedster after off season shoulder surgery.


The Scorchers now return home for a block of games at Optus Stadium, their next fixture against the Melbourne Renegades on Sunday.


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