The Perth Scorchers fell seven points clear at the top of the BBL ladder after recording a 47 bonus point win over the Melbourne Stars in the Kardinia Park doubles first leg on Tuesday.
After winning the toss, Perth’s decision to hit the bat was initially a masterstroke as they detonated the Stars’ attack all over the park on the way to a mammoth 3-196, including 10 sixes and 12 four.
Laurie Evans (69 of 46 balls), who was awarded one in two lives when Haris Rauf missed an incredible chance to eliminate him, and Captain Ashton Turner (47 out of 26) were the main destroyers of the championship favorites with eight six and five four between them.
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Nick Hobson (46 of 36), playing his first BBL game for the Scorchers in nearly three years, also didn’t lose his opportunity with six limits.
Melbourne bowlers Clint Hinchcliffe (0-27 of two), who was replaced by Brody Couch as an X-factor player, Qais Ahmed (0-40 of four) and Rauf (2-38 of four) came on for a special punishment.
In response, the Stars took too long to start, waiting 19 balls for their first limit, and failed to control the required stroke rate, despite the best efforts of Beau Webster who opened the bat for the Stars. for the first time and hit 63 of 47.
Matthew Kelly tore up the Stars’ batting order, taking career-best 4-25 on his four overs, including key wickets from Joe Burns (20 of 17) and Hilton Cartwright (10 of eight), so that Melbourne ended up on 9-149 after losing 6-43 on 38 balls.
THE WRONG MAN TAKES THE STRIKE
At the start of Perth’s power play in the 11th, Evans whipped Rauf over the square leg and in the first row of Reg Hickey Stand, but he shouldn’t have faced as he finished 10th after the attacker. Obviously the umpires and batsmen lost track of the proceedings after the drink break, but the Scorchers ended up taking 18, Evans cracking another six and four, in a huge sliding-door moment that set Perth on fire. as they plundered 117 over the last 10 overs. Hobson, who was on the non-attacking side, told Fox Sports it was an honest mistake.
BURNS GO BANG
During the Stars’ seventh dig, Burns told Evans, “Anything you can do I can do better,” as he crushed Jason Behrendorff (1-26 on four overs) on a square leg and over. the roof of the Reg Hickey Stand, hitting the ‘GMHBA Stadium’ sign hard.
FOG SCORCHERS FOR A GUARDIAN
With Cameron Bancroft a late withdrawal for Perth, after confirming he was close contact of a suspected COVID case on Tuesday morning, and Josh Inglis unavailable for national duties, the Scorchers finally threw the wicket goalkeeper gloves at Evans . Hobson made sure Bancroft’s absence from the batting order was not missed.
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The Scorchers won the toss and chose to strike, while Kurtis Patterson was left behind by just eight points in third place.
Nick Hobson and Laurie Evans then charged the visitors forward, including a dominating seventh point of 13 points to lead Perth to a total of 68 points.
Controversy erupted after the 10th as the batsmen did not switch sides, clearly losing track during the mid-inning break.
Laurie Evans hit a monster six on the first ball of the 11th despite finishing 10th at the end of the striker. It triggered a crash of 18 for Perth during the surge.
“I’ve never seen this before,” said Fox Sports commentator and former Australian star Mark Waugh.
“You have to start over if you have the wrong guys on strike. Don’t you know what end you are if you are a drummer? “
But commentator Brendon Julian disagreed, saying, “I don’t think so, no. You kind of have an idea, but you go out and go all the way.
“At the 10 mark you have drinks, the trainer comes out, then they take the Power Surge, so there is a bit of going on.
“Once it’s done, it’s done, if the mistake is made, you continue. It’s like missing a no ball, isn’t it?
“It’s amazing the defensive team didn’t pick up on this mistake.”
Great bowler Brett Lee added, “It’s safe, you take the Power Surge and you’re on strike. Thank you.
“It’s 18 races, that could change a game, change all the momentum of the Stars for the whole season.”
Waugh pointed out how “there is a little difference if it’s Glenn Maxwell on strike or someone else”.
“For me, they should start over. I think there will be a protest but at the end of the heats there will be something said.
Julian replied, “We’ll have to find what can be done, I don’t think anything can be done.”
Hobson (46) and Evans (69) helped put the Scorchers in a dominant position after their 83-point partnership. Turner then hit 47 and 26 balls to end the innings for Perth strong, finishing 3-196.
ROUND 2: Webster delivers but the Stars are far away
The Stars lost several key wickets early on amid the pressure against an imposing required run rate.
This included the dismissal of returning skipper Glenn Maxwell, who never got comfortable, for just five runs.
Melbourne opener Beau Webster was up for the fight, however, lifting his 50 with a whopping six to the 11th to keep the Stars running.
But Webster was sacked by Andrew Tye for 63 after he sliced it to the point where Kurtis Patterson took the diving capture as possibly Melbourne’s last ray of hope.
Fit Joe Clarke, who came in fifth in a change of strategy, made just 17 as his streak of four consecutive 50s came to an end.
Melbourne’s tail order struggled to close the heats and Perth’s total proved too large to be pursued.
Beyond Webster’s 63, Joe Burns ’20 was the Stars’ second highest score in a round where they never looked really tough.
Matthew Kelly was the hero of the prom with the Scorchers, winning a record four wickets including Nick Larkins, Burns and Hilton Cartwright.
Stars: Glenn Maxwell, Joe Clarke, Nick Larkin, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Wesbster, Sam Rainbird, Qais Ahmad, Adam Zampa (c), Haris Rauf, Brody Couch
X Factors: Clint Hinchcliffe, Tom O’Connell
Burners: Kurtis Patterson, Nick Hobson, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Chris Sabburg, Ahston Agar, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorf, Peter Hazoglou
X factors: Lance Morris, David Moody
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