Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers, live blog, live broadcast, how to watch, scoreboard, videos, updates, Mitch Marsh, Alex Hales
The Sydney Thunder handed the Perth Scorchers their first BBL loss of the season after Andrew Tye was called out for dangerously bowling.
The Scorchers chose to bowling on Tuesday and they kept things tidy early on, but Tye was pulled out for making two full throws in the 15th.
Thunder Sam Billings (67 of 34 balls) and Jason Sangha (56 not on 46 balls) put together a 113-point partnership as the Thunder finished 7-200 in Canberra.
The Scorchers’ chase got off to a shocking start when Josh Inglis was beaten for a golden duck on the second ball of the innings, before Mitch Marsh (6) quickly followed.
Then it was Kurtis Patterson (10) and the visitors were in all kinds of trouble at 3-17 after four overs – their worst power play of the season in points and wickets.
Colin Munro (64 not on 43 balls) and Tye (44) were the only batsmen to post respectable totals in the pursuit. It was the best score of Tye, 35’s BBL career.
Thunder trio Saqib Mahmood (2-29), Nathan McAndrew (3-40) and Chris Green (2-29) were selected by the bowlers as the pursuit finished 34 points at 8-166.
Scorchers leader Matthew Kelly (3-30) won the first wicket of the game when he caught Matthew Gilkes (2) in the middle of the wicket in the second round.
England’s Alex Hales (13) hit Jason Behrendorff for a whopping six in the third period, but was knocked down by Kelly a few deliveries later.
Billings hit a monster six against Mitchell Marsh in the 13th over which bounced off the roof of the Bob Hawke pit and out of the stadium.
“It’s a hit, it’s,” former Australian star Andrew Symonds said in the Fox Cricket commentary.
Billings was caught in the 15th by Tye’s bowling, which brought Alex Ross into the crease.
But Tye only lasted two more deliveries after two non-pitching balls saw him taken out of play as a bowler.
“All he has to do is blame himself. AJ Tye put in a pitch and a half for the game and he’s done, ”said Symonds.
Mitch Mash (2-50) had the chance to rule out Daniel Sams (10) with an LBW in the 16th as the ball was clearly coming down the side of the leg.
“Don’t watch TV when you get off,” Symonds joked as Sams left the field.
Chris Green (14 not eliminated) was the next top scorer after Billings as Sangha as the Thunder posted their highest score ever against the Scorchers.
The Scorchers, at the top of the standings, were aiming for a seventh straight win to open the season.
The Sydney Thunder are looking for a top-four finish when they host unbeaten Perth Scorchers in a successful clash at Manuka Oval.
The fifth-placed Thunder are looking for their third win of the season to move the Stars to fourth, while the top Scorchers are looking for their seventh trotting victory in BBL11.
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The Thunder just lost to the Sixers on Boxing Day, while the Scorchers won against the Renegades on the same day.
The Thunder will look to powerful opener Alex Hales and young pistol Jason Sangha to do the damage with the bat, while Daniel Sams and Chris Green go heavy with the ball.
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For the Scorchers, Mitch Marsh was in stunning form with the bat and was backed by wicket keeper Josh Inglis at the top of the order, while Jason Behrendorff and Tymal Mills were on fire with the ball in hand.
It sets the stage for a tantalizing fight between two big hitting lines in the small Canberra field.
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