The match in a tweet: Mighty Marsh belts an incredible EIGHT sixes to inspire the Scorchers to big win over the Heat #BBL09
The Score: Perth Scorchers 3-213 (M Marsh 93no, Bancroft 41no, Livingstone 39) defeated Brisbane Heat 8-179 (Banton 55, Burns 37; Paris 2-29, Richardson 2-34) by 34 runs
The Hero: Mitch Marsh’s power-packed 93 not out would no doubt have caught the attention of Australia’s selectors as they search for middle-order options for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup. The Perth Scorchers skipper was in imperious touch, belting eight maximums in a jaw-dropping 41-ball knock. Marsh took his time to establish himself, reaching 31 from 23 balls before remarkably smacking 62 from the next 18 as he put Brisbane Heat’s attack to the sword in a career-best KFC BBL innings. Marsh feasted on Test paceman James Pattinson’s fourth over – the 16th of the innings – helping himself to a pair of sixes and a boundary. He then belted Ben Laughlin – the leading wicket-taker in BBL history – for three consecutive sixes to close out the innings, powering his team to a massive total 3-213. Marsh has been in fine form in BBL|09, logging 307 runs at 51.16 and a superb strike rate of 156.63. When you throw in his ability with ball in hand and in the field, he is an attractive package.
The Supporting Cast: Seemingly lost during Marsh’s heroics was a brilliantly crafted hand from No.5 Cameron Bancroft, who arrived at the crease with the Scorchers 3-89. He went on to compile an unbeaten 41 from 29 balls, including three sixes, with the pair putting on an unbeaten 124-run partnership. The bowling was impressive at times as well against the Heat’s dangerous batting line-up, with Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris and Chris Jordan all grabbing two wickets.
The Consolation Act: Englishman Tom Banton arrived at the Heat with a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the game’s shortest format. He signed off from a super stint with the Heat with a typically aggressive 55 from 32 balls, his third half-century of BBL|09. Banton will be replaced by South Africa great AB de Villiers, while Afghan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman will replace Zahir Khan.
The Shot: While the Heat went down, this extraordinary shot from Banton deserves another look!
The Big Moment: While the Heat have plenty of dangerous batsmen, the visitors needed a big contribution from captain Chris Lynn to chase down a formidable target. But the competition’s leading six-hitter was dismissed by Jordan for just 14 from nine balls as Liam Livingstone made no mistake at deep square leg.
The Stat: The unbroken 124-run stand between Bancroft and Marsh was the highest fourth-wicket stand in the Scorchers’ successful history, which has taken in three titles – the most of any club.
The Stat II: Laughlin’s figures of 1-60 from four overs were the equal most expensive in BBL history, matching Daniel Worrall’s return of 0-60 for Melbourne Stars against Hobart Hurricanes in 2014.
The Big Inclusion: Pattinson was a welcome addition for the Heat after playing a key role in Australia’s Test series clean sweep of New Zealand, but it was a forgettable night for the big quick as he conceded 0-52 from four overs and was on the receiving end of some harsh treatment from Marsh’s blade.
The Next Stops: The Scorchers, who now sit in fifth spot, will meet Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on Monday, while the fourth-placed Heat will host Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba on Tuesday.
Perth Scorchers XI: Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis (wk), Sam Whiteman, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (c), Cameron Green, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
Brisbane Heat XI: Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (wk), James Pattinson, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan