Perth Scorchers Fall by Six Wickets to Sydney Thunder
The Perth Scorchers have fallen by six wickets to the Sydney Thunder in their 10th clash of the KFC BBL|08 Season tonight at Optus Stadium.
Perth Scorchers 181-4 (Shaun Marsh 96*; Mitchell Marsh 31; Chris Green 2-35)
Sydney Thunder 182-4 (Matthew Gilkes 51, Callum Ferguson 113*)
Result - Sydney Thunder won by 6 wickets
Shaun Marsh put on a powerful display with the bat in his first game of the season, knocking an unbeaten 96 runs from 55 deliveries and making his 14th BBL half-century.
Marsh made his presence known early on helping the Scorchers to 47 runs at the end of the powerplay.
The half-centurion continued his dominant ways and was strongly supported by brother Mitch, the two combined for a solid 58-run partnership for the men in orange.
Marsh cracked five fours and five sixes in a devasting knock that helped lift the Scorchers to a formidable total of 4-181.
Jason Behrendorff came out firing with the ball, taking the opening wicket of Shane Watson (8) to see him finish with figures of 1-33 from four overs.
Matthew Kelly also starred with the ball taking 1-25 from his four overs, and AJ Tye managed to take the big scalp of Thunder debutant Matthew Gilkes (51).
But it was the unstoppable Callum Ferguson who led the Thunder to victory with four balls to spare, posting his maiden BBL century to finish with 113 not out off 53 deliveries.
Shaun Marsh said the side couldn’t get the job done when it counted most.
“It’s a really disappointing result for us. We didn’t execute our plans with the ball very well and were a little bit sloppy in the field,” Marsh said.
“We have had our chances in games and we had our chances tonight, but we couldn’t quite get there unfortunately.
“I had a little bit of luck early, but once I got going it felt really good out there. I thought we posted a good total at the end of the innings but we just couldn’t get the job done.
“Going forward our focus is to play well. We are still a chance and we want to come out here and really put in a good performance for the 40 overs for our next four games.”
The Scorchers next match is at home, when they take on the Melbourne Renegades this Monday 28 January at Optus Stadium.
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