Thunder overcome Cartwright, Bancroft to remain alive

Hilton Cartwright scored an unbeaten 65
Hilton Cartwright scored an unbeaten 65

Sydney Thunder 175-4 (Khawaja 85) beat
Perth Scorchers 172-4 (Bancroft 75no) by three runs
25th game, Big Bash League, Sydney

Sydney Thunder brought their Big Bash League campaign back on track after managing to edge out Perth Scorchers by three runs in the 25th game of the tournament in Sydney.

Chasing 176, Scorchers faced an early setback when they lost both the openers William Bosisto (9) and Michael Klinger (4) inside five overs.

With Ashton Turner (3) and Adam Voges (1) also failing, the Scorchers looked in deep trouble with a score of 35 for four in the seventh over and at halfway mark they were positioned 53 for four.

Bancroft (75 not out) and Cartwright (65 not out) hit a six apiece in the next two overs but that came after the former had a couple of reprieves. First Jay Lenton missed a stumping chance and then Mitchell McClenaghan (1-53) dropped him in the 12th over.

Bancroft went on to complete his half-century off 39 deliveries and Scorchers were left with the target of 74 runs off the final five overs.

With the duo slowing stepping up the gears, the Scorchers needed 24 off the final six deliveries and Cartwright struck a four and a six off the first two balls following which McClenaghan even bowled a no ball to brighten the chances of the visitors.

Nevertheless, the New Zealand seamer made a terrific comeback and conceded just five off the final three deliveries to seal a three-run win for the Thunder.

Earlier, it was brilliance from Usman Khawaja (85) that was the cornerstone for Sydney Thunders' total of 175 for four. His efforts also earned him the player of the match award.

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