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Scorchers hammer Heat



The Perth Scorchers have secured an important victory in their quest for a top five finish in BBL10, defeating the Brisbane Heat by 59 runs at Docklands on Tuesday night.


Colin Munro's 82 was the catalyst for Perth's score of 5-174 after being invited to bat first, the bowlers sharing the wickets between them as the Heat were bowled out for 115 inside 17 overs.


After being invited to bat at a neutral venue for the franchises with the matches being played at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium, the Scorchers lost their openers Jason Roy (4) and Liam Livingstone (17) inside the four over powerplay, Jack Wildermuth with the breakthroughs for Brisbane.


Munro and Josh Inglis (25) added 40 for the third wicket, but regular wickets was keeping the Heat in the contest, Inglis out to X-Factor player James Bazley two balls after he was introduced in to the game for Xavier Bartlett.


Cameron Bancroft laboured to 15 before falling to former South African quick Morne Morkel as the Scorchers stuttered to 4-113 in the 15th over.


Having played a restrained knock for the most part of his innings Munro capitalised late in crashing four sixes in his score of 82, making the most of the batting powerplay at the death.


When he departed Ashton Turner found the boundary three times in the last over, the skipper undefeated on 24 as Perth posted 5-174.


Max Bryant was an early casualty of the Heat chase as he was sharply caught by Bancroft at cover from the bowling of Behrendorff, but captain Chris Lynn thrashed two straight sixes off Aaron Hardie's opening over to get the innings rolling.


The early introduction of Fawad Ahmed's leg-spin worked wonders for the Scorchers, Lynn stumped for 27 from 16 balls to give the team in orange a huge breakthrough.


Joe Burns fell for two when he spliced a pull to a backpedaling wicketkeeper Josh Inglis, but Brisbane got the Bash Boost point when they picked up a single off the final ball before the ten over interval courtesy of Joe Denly.


At 3-96 the Heat were edging their way ahead in the contest, only to completely collapse to lose their last seven wickets for 19 runs to be all out for 115, Jhye Richardson with a telling double blow in the power surge after Ahmed bowled Denly with a crafty zooter to open the door on the Heat's misfiring middle order.


Ahmed claimed 3-25 for the Scorchers, two wickets each for Richardson, Behrendorff and Andrew Tye.


The win moves Perth to second on the table with three games to play, the next of which is on Friday night against Hobart Hurricanes back at Docklands.


IMAGE: 7News Perth.