Mitch Marsh on dominate bowling display from Perth Scorchers
The Perth Scorchers have sent an ominous statement to the rest of the League, belting ladder-leaders Sydney Sixers by 86 runs at Optus Stadium tonight, Wednesday 6 January.
For the second successive game at home the Scorchers thumped the visiting team in strikingly similar fashion.
Batting first, a patient opening 10 overs was backed up by an explosive finish as the Scorchers took 113 runs in the final 10 to close out their innings.
Mitch Marsh was his destructive best in a Player of the Match performance.
He blasted an unbeaten 57 runs from 27 deliveries, including two brutal sixes to go with a tidy 1-12 with the ball.
Kiwi Colin Munro again looked at home on the Optus Stadium turf, he struck his second 50 on the trot and put on a 65-run partnership with Jason Roy (27) for the second wicket.
In response, the opening bowling combination of speedster Jhye Richardson (3-15) and Jason Behrendorff (1-16) proved to be deadly with two wickets in the powerplay.
Chasing 184 for victory, the Sixers’ innings slid south from the second over when Richardson snared the prized wicket of WA team mate Josh Philippe (5).
From there the Scorchers tore through the Sixers batting line-up and bowled them out for a measly 97.
Andrew Tye (4-20) was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets including Sixers captain Daniel Hughes (14), and a picture perfect yorker to dismiss Stephen O’Keefe (16).
After the match, Mitch Marsh said;
“I think we put up a very competitive total and our bowlers were tremendous too, we managed to take early wickets in the run chase to put the opposition under immense pressure and we were able to do that for the entire innings tonight.
“I thought taking the power surge when we did we gained great momentum and it was a good little partnership which got us to a really solid total.
“It has been nice to get on a roll, we are playing well at our home ground and hopefully Optus Stadium becomes a bit of a fortress for us.”
The Scorchers now turn their attention to the Sydney Thunder, where they will look to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday in their disco inferno themed match at Optus Stadium.
Scorchers fans are encouraged to wear their best disco get-up this Saturday!
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