Perth Scorchers flex muscles in dominant performance against Sixers
The Perth Scorchers have moved to the top of the Big Bash League ladder after producing another dominant performance to crush the Sydney Sixers at the WACA.
After belting the Renegades by 10 wickets during the week, the Scorchers had little difficulty in dispatching the Sixers in a replay of last season’s final to show the defending champions will be right in the mix of this season’s title race.
In contrast, the Sixers now have to win their remaining two matches to give themselves any hope of snatching fourth spot.
In the second game of the `super Saturday’ double header, Perth batsman Shaun Marsh continued his rich reign of form, finishing unbeaten on 63 as the Scorchers chased down their victory target of 112 with 33 balls to spare. Marcus Harris was also unbeaten on 15.
After combining for a record partnership of 171 against the Renegades, Marsh and Perth captain Michael Klinger (28) continued to dominate the Big Bash bowling attacks, adding 65 to set-up their run chase.
Sean Abbott claimed the only wicket for the Sixers, dismissing Klinger caught on the boundary at fine leg by debutante Will Sommerville.
Marsh has passed 50 in six of his last 10 innings for either Western Australia, the Scorchers or Australia.
Earlier, the Scorchers attack put the screws on the Sixers’ line-up with early wickets. Only Michael Lumb (47), Ryan Carters (27) and Ben Dwarshuis (13) passed double figures as the Sixers were held to their second lowest total in Big Bash League history of 8-111.
Coincidently, their three lowest BBL totals have all come against the Scorchers.
England’s David Willey claimed 3-22 from his four overs in a man-of-the match performance while Andrew Tye rebounded after a shocking start to his night in the field to claim 2-21.
Tye dropped a simple chance off Lumb early in his innings and then gave away four overthrows after having a wild throw at the stumps off his own bowling.
Left-arm paceman Jason Behrendorff continues his impressive comeback from injury, claiming 2-24 (four overs), while veteran spinner Brad Hogg went wicketless but was again economical, conceding 20 runs from his four-over spell.