BBL10: Scorchers surge to top and lock in Finals spot
The Perth Scorchers have surged to the top of the 2020-21 KFC Big Bash League table with an 11-run win over the Melbourne Star tonight, Saturday 23 January, at the MCG.
Backing up for the second match in as many days, Perth produced one of their best batting performances for the tournament on a slow, low MCG wicket.
Power hitter Jason Roy played with ruthless intent as the Scorchers registered 0-42 from their opening Power Play, he whacked a quarter of the balls he faced to the boundary before Colin Munro took over the reins with smart batting.
The Scorchers showed why they’re the in-form team of BBL|10 and have now won eight of their past nine matches to have the competition on notice.
The win over a highly admired Stars outfit sends the Scorchers to the top of the BBL|10 table and has the club in control of their own destiny as they chase a coveted double chance in finals.
Englishman Roy was a deserving Player of the Match, blasting his way to a team-high 54 runs from 32 balls.
The star import hit eight boundaries as he partnered with Liam Livingstone (24) in an 83-run first wicket partnership to get Perth off to a flyer.
Kiwi Munro displayed his ability to find the boundary, using an array of strokes including a magnificent switch hit off Nathan Coulter-Nile on his way to an unbeaten 46.
He was able to rebuild the innings with Josh Inglis (26) before turning on the fireworks with captain Ashton Turner (18*) to get the Scorchers to 182 after their 20 overs.
In the second innings, the Scorchers attack created plenty of chances with the ball, with Jason Behrendorff (1-19) battering a consistent length while Andrew Tye’s 2-28 was the pick of the figures.
The only dampener on an otherwise outstanding evening was a usually razor-sharp Scorchers fielding outfit having an uncharacteristic off night.
Captain Ashton Turner’s standards remained high, he held on to a rocket off the bat of Glen Maxwell (0) before running back with the flight to hold onto a Coulter-Nile (7) high ball.
It mattered little in the end, with the batters doing the job for Perth and a 183-run chase always looking beyond the Stars’ reach.
After the match, Ashton Turner said;
“I thought our batting was brilliant… to be able to get 183, I thought we played as well as we have with the bat throughout this tournament.
“Everyone batted nicely, a lot of the time they’re the most satisfying nights when you have a lot of contributors.
“Any night when you walk away with four points is a good night.”
The Scorchers will fly to Adelaide tomorrow to play the last their game of the regular season on Tuesday against the Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval.
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