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Thunder keep Scorchers winless



The Sydney Thunder have continued the Perth Scorchers tough start to BBL10, winning by seven wickets at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday night.


Mitch Marsh found form for the team in orange with 52* (41) as Perth posted a competitive 5-152, but it prove an inadequate total as Thunder captain Callum Ferguson made an unbeaten half century to guide his side to victory with three balls remaining.


Having been invited to bat the Scorchers were in trouble from the outset as they lost Josh Inglis (4) and Joe Clarke (0) inside the opening five overs of the contest, Inglis with his third single figure score to start the tournament as he struggles to recapture his form from BBL09.


Colin Munro (25) and Ashton Turner (23) fell just as they were starting to get going, pinch hitter Jhye Richardson unable to make an impact in the power surge as he fell for five.


It was left to Marsh and Cameron Bancroft (34* from 26) to get the team to a competitive score, pushing the total past 150 in the final over to give the bowlers something to defend.


The returning Jason Behrendorff struck in the opening over of the Thunder's chase, bowling Alex Hales for a first ball duck to give Perth the perfect start.


AJ Tye thought he had struck with his first ball when Usman Khawaja appeared to edge to wicketkeeper Inglis, umpire Simon Lightbody declining the appeal as calls for the introduction of DRS continue in the Big Bash.


Khawaja couldn't make the most of his second chance, splicing Aaron Hardie to wide mid-on to depart for a scratchy 21 from 25 balls.


Captain Ferguson steadied the ship with young gun Ollie Davies for company, the 20 year old making a sprightly debut in contributing 36 from 22 balls as part of a 75 run partnership with his skipper.


The game was as good as decided by the time he was dismissed by the leg spin of Fawad Ahmed, Ben Cutting's unbeaten 29 from just 16 balls applying the finishing touches as victory arrived with three balls left in the match.


Ferguson was man of the match for his 61 from 53 balls, passing 1000 runs for the franchise in the process as his side recorded their second win of the tournament from three matches, keeping the Scorchers winless in the process.


Perth now heads to Adelaide for consecutive matches against the Strikers on the 28th and 31st December, while the Thunder remain in the nation's capital to face the Renegades on Boxing Day.


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