The Perth Scorchers’ KFC Big Bash League |06 celebrations have wound up, but before they did and before several players dispersed on international and state duties, they were asked to reflect on aspects of the memorable season.
BBL|06 was a record breaking year for the Scorchers in a lot of ways, be it the benchmark-setting third Championship win on the field, or the record Membership numbers and attendance figures of more than 120,000 off the field.
Best Fans in the Land
We know how lucky we are here – we get fantastic support.
We’ve sold out 12 games in a row and we may even sell out when we get to the new stadium as well.
The fans have been amazing: I always speak to guys about starting well and getting the crowd up and about, because they play such a huge role.
They’re the ones that get us over the line in all our matches, their unconditional support is something we are all very grateful for.
When you’re out in the middle warming up and your name gets called out, followed by a massive roar, there is no better feeling and it fills you with confidence.
You want to do great stuff in front of a crowd that really gets behind you – it’s inspiring.
The fans we have are outstanding, they make it tough for opposition teams to come and play us here at #TheFurnace, you couldn’t ask for much better.
The crowd certainly do have an impact, especially when you’re batting, they go nuts.
The Third Championship
It was an absolute clinic from us, we bowled beautifully and the chase was phenomenal.
I think we saved our best performance until last in front of a great crowd.
It was pretty clinical, really, and it’s always nice to win a final when it doesn’t go down to the final few balls.
To get the job done, I wouldn’t say easily, but with little stress was great for us and the crowd as well.
Last night was the complete game.
Everything we needed to go right did go right – the boys were outstanding.
We bowled beautifully again, as we have all season, fielded really well and then the run chase was as clinical as we’ve been all year.
I think it’s amazing when you think that we probably had five first-choice players out of the Championship game.
We didn’t get a ball out of Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff or Nathan Coulter-Nile out of the whole campaign, but I guess that presented opportunities for other guys.
Most Memorable BBL|06 Moment
I think the stand-out moment was to beat Hobart and earn a home semi.
To stay at home was a huge advantage and playing finals in front of all the fans makes it so much easier.
Besides the final, the win in Hobart against the Hurricanes stood out for me and that got the momentum going.
Our last three games, I thought we played really well and we hit our straps at the right time.
But to get that home final by winning in Hobart the way we did, I think that just kick-started what happened in the last week or so.
It has to be the final and Maxy (Michael Klinger) hitting a huge six to win.
We wanted someone to hit a six – we didn’t want see them knock around a few singles.
Big Bash is all about hitting boundaries and it was nice to see Maxy perform well throughout the tournament, but the way he finished was awesome.
It’s hard to go past the final.
Mitch Johnson’s figures of 3-3 in the semi-final has to nearly be the best performance of the Big Bash for me, but it’s hard to go past winning a final.