BBL10: Super Scorchers rock Hobart like a Hurricane
The Perth Scorchers are within touching distance of securing their spot in the KFC BBL|10 Finals thanks to a comprehensive 22-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes today, Friday 22 January, at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
Hobart Hurricanes 157/8 (20 ov)
Perth Scorchers 179/8 (20 ov)
Result - Scorchers won by 22 runs
Quick Jhye Richardson proved why he is one of Australia’s brightest fast bowling prospects with an electrifying four wickets to go along with a quickfire 29 off 14 balls with the bat in an all-round Player of the Match performance.
Impressively, the victory showcased the Scorchers ability to win without their explosive top order dominating.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Perth slid to 4-66 through eight overs with all three internationals and the returning Mitch Marsh back in the sheds.
Josh Inglis was superb in his new middle order role and provided the energy Perth needed in the second 10 overs.
The wicketkeeper put together a bold 58 from 35 deliveries under constant pressure as wickets consistently fell at the other end.
It was the innings of the match, and the innings of substance the Scorchers required, as Inglis showcased inventive flair with elegant stroke play through his knock.
As he’s done before in the tournament, Richardson chipped in with vital lower order runs at the death of the innings.
His 29 from 14 deliveries, including five boundaries, inflated Perth’s score to 8-179 from their 20 overs and gave the men in orange plenty to play with.
Hobart were behind the game for most of the innings due to early wickets from Richardson and Behrendorff (2-17), but Tim David (27) threatened to steal the game late.
However, the Scorchers held their nerve and executed under pressure, wrapping up a terrific team performance with all four points in a 22-run win.
After the match, Jhye Richardson said;
“The goal at the start of every season is to make the finals so to get another win on the board tonight is really important for the group.
“We spoke about earlier in the tournament having momentum in the backend and it looks like we got a bit of that now and hopefully we can keep on going.
“It’s about being aggressive in the power play and taking early wickets and that really sets up the team.
“I have always enjoyed batting… it’s something that I definitely practice and I think to have lower-order hitting in a competition like this is really important.”
The win puts the second-placed Scorchers four points clear of the chasing pack on a congested table ahead of their match against the Melbourne Stars tomorrow at the MCG.
Next up: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers Saturday 23 January, 4:15pm WST MCG, Melbourne
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