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Perth Scorchers secure home semi-final, Hurricanes crash out of BBL

Shaun Marsh scored 57 off 34 deliveries
Shaun Marsh scored 57 off 34 deliveries

Perth Scorchers 135-3 (Marsh 57) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 134-6 (Short 36) by seven wickets
31st match, Big Bash League, Bellerive Oval

After a clinical bowling performance from Perth Scorchers restricted Hobart Hurricanes to 134 for six, Shaun Marsh scored a blistering fifty to help his team complete the chase in 13.5 overs with seven wickets in hand in the 31st match of Big Bash League at Bellerive Oval.

The result also means, Hobart Hurricanes are out of the tournament while Perth Scorchers have secured a home semi-final.

Scorchers won the toss and opted to field first. They were dominated in the powerplay where they lost both Tim Paine (5) and Ben McDermott (10) and were restricted to 35 for two.

D'Arcy Short (36) tried to get going but fell in the 10th over, by the end of which Hurricanes were 63 for three. The next five overs saw Perth Scorchers concede just 27 runs and picked three wickets. Ashton Agar (1-22), Adam Voges (1-14) and Tim Bresnan (2-20) accounted for the wickets of George Bailey (10), Daniel Christian (5) and Beau Webster (8) respectively.

Jonathan Wells (28 not out) and Clive Rose (29 not out) ensured Hobart Hurricanes posted 134 for six with their unbeaten 65-run stand.

Sam Whiteman (9) started the chase with a couple of boundaries in the first over but Clive Rose (1-28) had him caught and bowled in the second over.

Shaun Marsh (57) and Michael Klinger (29) shared a 87-run stand for the second wicket which laid the foundation. Marsh reached his fifty off 29 deliveries after scoring seven boundaries and two sixes.

Even though, Klinger and Marsh fell in quick succession, Voges (20 not out) and Ashton Turner (16 not out) shared 36 runs which came in just 17 deliveries to complete the chase in 13.5 overs with seven wickets in hand. Marsh was awarded the player of the match.

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