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Mitchell Marsh Heroics Stun Dolphins

Mitchell Marsh blasted two sixes in two balls to score a fine win for Perth Scorchers
Mitchell Marsh blasted two sixes in two balls to score a fine win for Perth Scorchers
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Perth Scorchers 165-4 (Simmons 48) beat
Dolphins 164-7 (Zondo 63no) by six wickets
Champions League T20 Group A, Mohali

Perth Scorchers all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had to hit the last two balls of the Champions League T20 2014 Group A match against South Africa's Dolphins for six to seal a victory - and he did.

Chasing a target of 165, Perth looked to be about to fall short before Marsh hit Robbie Frylinck over mid-wicket and then over long-on to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Khayelihle Zondo top scored for Dolphins with 63 as they overcame a poor start to post 164 for seven, but it wasn't quite enough.

Craig Simmons made 48 and Sam Whiteman 45 before Marsh, unbeaten on 40 in 26 balls, finished off the job in stunning fashion.

That the game went right down to the wire would have surprised anybody who might have departed or switched off when Dolphins slipped to 12 for three and 45 for four early on as Joel Paris and Jason Behrendorff struck early.

The former took two for 21 and the latter three for 46 with Yasir Arafat also returning two for 42.

Dolphins' recovery was led by Zondo, whose 63 came from 50 balls and he was given support by Daryn Smit (21), Andile Phehlukwayo (14) and Frylinck, who hit 15 not out in six balls with a couple of maximums.

Kyle Abbott then saw off Adam Voges for seven but Perth, through Simmons (48 in 36 balls) and Whiteman (45 in 32) launched their own recovery.

Simmons fell to Cameron Delport and Whiteman to Craig Alexander as Dolphins began to wrest back control of the match, asserting even more when Frylinck had Ashton Agar (15) caught by Alexander with four balls remaining.

Crucially, however, new batsman Ashton Turner grabbed a couple of runs from his first ball and then got Marsh on strike for the final two balls.

Nothing less than a couple of maximums were required and despite the best efforts of Frylinck, Marsh won his side the game.

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