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Scorchers thrashed by Stars



Ladder leaders Melbourne Stars have ended the Perth Scorchers three match winning streak, humbling the home side by 8 wickets at Optus Stadium on Wednesday night.


Perth won the bat flip and batted first after a disrupted preparation for the match, having been stuck in transit following their win over their Hobart Hurricanes on Monday night, not arriving back in the state until late on Tuesday night.


Josh Inglis raced out of the blocks despite opening partner Liam Livingstone (4) departing cheaply, the Scorchers reaching 1-48 in the fifth over.


Inglis' dismissal to Stars captain Glenn Maxwell for 37 began the slide for the home team, who lost their last nine wickets for 38 runs to be all out for 86, the lowest score in a completed innings this tournament.


Only Cameron Bancroft (10) joined Inglis in reaching double figures, Jackson Coleman taking 3-16 in his first match of the season on his way to player of the match honours.


Nepalese born leg spinner Sandeep Lamichane claimed 2-7 from his three overs, finding himself on a hat trick late in the Scorchers innings.


In form all-rounder Marcus Stoinis guided a comfortable chase, going past 500 runs for the season as he finished unbeaten on 39 in an eight wicket win secured with 8 overs remaining.


Mitch Marsh and Fawad Ahmed were the two wicket takers for the Scorchers, who must rebound quickly ahead of a return meeting with the Stars on Saturday night.


IMAGE: Herald Sun.

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