Scorchers make it three wins in a row
A supreme performance with bat and ball has seen the Perth Scorchers demolish the Sydney Sixers by 86 runs at Optus Stadium on Wednesday night.
Half centuries for Mitch Marsh and Colin Munro were the cornerstone of Perth’s strong total of 4-183 having been invited to bat by the visitors, Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson combining for seven wickets between them as the Sixers were skittled for 97 in just 16.4 overs, the Scorchers claiming all four points in what was their third consecutive win.
Opener Liam Livingstone got off to a fast start in the four over powerplay, striking 16 from 13 balls before holing our to deep square leg of spinner Steve O’Keefe.
Jason Roy again struggled for fluency in his knock of 27 from 31 balls, hitting only two boundaries.
Munro provided the fireworks in a 65 run stand dominated by the New Zealander, the two former Sixers players providing a great platform for the back half of the innings.
Munro reached a maiden half century for his new franchise but departed to the following delivery from leg spinner Lloyd Pope, who replaced Ben Dwarshius at the ten over mark as an X-Factor replacement player.
Pope had two scalps when Roy’s painful innings ended in his next over, Mitch Marsh transforming the game upon his arrival at the crease.
84 runs came from the last six overs as Marsh plundered an unbeaten 57 from only 27 balls, capitalising on the power surge overs bowled by Daniel Christian and Jake Ball.
4-183 was a strong total for the Scorchers, Sixers spinners Steve O’Keefe and Pope with two wickets apiece.
Perth struck telling blows with the new ball as Jason Behrendorff induced an edge from Josh Philippe that ended in Marsh’s palms at second slip, before Jhye Richardson had Englishman James Vince caught behind for a duck.
Opener Jack Edwards (44 from 38) fought a lone hand for Sydney, regular wickets inside the opening ten overs rendering the match a no contest well before the final wicket fell.
Tye claimed 4-20 in a vintage bowling display, Richardson continuing his stellar form with 3-15 as the Sixers crumbled for 97, the second straight match the Scorchers have kept their opponents to a sub 100 total.
Perth face the Sydney Thunder in their next home clash on Saturday, now within touching distance of a top five spot with seven still games to play in their BBL10 campaign.
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