Turner blitz helps Perth Scorchers seal last-over win

David Willey scored 55 runs in the chase
David Willey scored 55 runs in the chase

Perth Scorchers 186-5 (Turner 70) beat
Melbourne Renegades 185-3 (White 68no) by five wickets
22nd game, Big Bash League, Perth

Ashton Turner scored a 32-ball 70 while David Willey contributed with a half-century as Perth Scorchers chased down 186 runs against Melbourne Renegades in 19.5 overs with five wickets in hand in the 22nd game of the Big Bash League at WACA.

Perth Scorchers won the toss and decided to field first. Marcus Harris (48) struck four boundaries in the first two overs to inject momentum into the innings but Mitchell Johnson (1-23) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Aaron Finch (2) caught behind.

Jhye Richardson (0-55) bowled a brilliant fourth over where he conceded just one run that applied the brakes on the scoring rate but Harris struck two boundaries and a six to take the score to 51 for one in the powerplay phase.

Cameron White (68 not out) too joined the onslaught as he plundered Ashton Agar (0-26) for two boundaries and a six in the ninth over but Harris' 28-ball brilliance finally ended when he sliced one to backward point off Andrew Tye (2-36). At the halfway mark, Renegades were positioned 84 for two.

The Scorchers controlled the game really well as they conceded just 38 runs off the next six overs but White along with Tom Cooper (57) provided the much-needed finish as they smashed 71 runs off the final five to take the total to 185 for three in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Scorchers lost Michael Klinger (0) off the first delivery from Mohammad Nabi (1-30) but David Willey (55) helped them inject some momentum into the game, though Hilton Cartwright (22) was struggling to get his timing right.

By the seventh over, Scorchers were placed just 46 for two but Turner (70) took the attack to the opposition and was even handed a reprieve when Brad Hogg (1-38) dropped him in the 11th over.

Willey reached his fifty off 38 deliveries while Turner brought his half-century off 23 balls. The Renegades though had their moments when Kane Richardson (1-32) accounted for Willey while Adam Voges (1) and Turner were run out in the 18th over.

Despite the setback, Ashton Agar (26 not out) played a mature innings and saw the team through to complete the chase in 19.5 overs with five wickets in hand. Turner was awarded the player of the match.

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