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Turner: Determined To Right A Wrong

09 January 2018

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Player of the Match Ashton Turner has revealed a determination to "right a wrong" was behind his match-saving knock that propelled the Perth Scorchers to the top of the KFC Big Bash League table.

The Scorchers last night toppled the Melbourne Renegades by five wickets, pulling off a record run chase by the Club at #TheFurnace to overcome the visitors' 3-185 with a ball to spare.

It was a win largely setup by the bat of Turner, who moved at a strike rate of more than 200 to reach 70 off 32 balls, with three fours and five sixes, and came in front of a home record crowd for a Scorchers game of 22,475.

However, it was a knock that almost never happened, with former Scorchers' fan favourite Brad Hogg dropping Turner when the batter was on just 16.

Turner said he felt for his former teammate, but revealed his disappointment at having not capitalised on a similar chance in the previous home game against the Sydney Sixers.

"I think Twenty20 is such a fickle game, where you get a half chance in the field and if you take it, it swings one way, but if you don't, it swings the other way," Turner said.

"I know that on another night, that gets taken and this result is really different.

"So, when you do get that life, it's really important you go out and you cash in on it.

"Against the Sixers here only a week ago, I got a life - a dropped catch on the boundary - and I was really disappointed I got out two runs later.

"When I got dropped tonight, I had last week running through my mind and was determined to right a wrong."

The Scorchers moved to the top of the BBL|07 ladder on 10pts with the win - two points clear of three teams on 8pts.

However, it required a record-setting performance from the team and Turner said it was a momentum-swinging effort.

"It's an amazing feeling to win, (especially after) halfway through the game," Turner said.

"We started the tournament really well; 4-0, we had momentum, couldn't put a foot wrong and everything was going our way.

"Then we had one really poor game up in Brisbane and it felt like everything was going against us all of a sudden.

"The first half of the game, in our bowling innings, it wasn't as good as we expect ourselves to be.

"A lot of things we measure ourselves on - our throwing, our catching - weren't up to the standards that we set.

"To be able to claw it back in the batting innings and get the result, on a night where we didn't play as well as we could have, it swung the momentum again for us.

"We go into the next game 5-1 instead of 4-2 and it's a really different feeling amongst the group."


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