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Fans Flood #TheFurnace To Usher In Big Bash Season

19 November 2017

Mitch Marsh signs some autographs for 2017 Perth Scorchers Fan Day.

More than 1000 fans flooded through the gates of #TheFurnace today as the Perth Scorchers helped to usher in the Big Bash season with the Club's passionate and dedicated supporters.

Players and team staff were on-hand to meet and greet fans, with less than a month to go before the Scorchers' opening Rebel Women's Big Bash League game against the Brisbane Heat on 10 December in Sydney and slightly longer before the Club's opening KFC Big Bash League game against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on 23 December.

Fans rubbed shoulders with players at the signing session booth and by joining in on-field MILO T20 Blast and in2CRICKET games, while the BBL Trophy Display provided plenty of photo opportunities.

The Club's match day dance troupe the Fire Lighters entertained the crowd with lessons, while the inflatable activities of the Scorchers Nets, Radical Run Obstacle Course and Velcro Flying Wall were also a hit.

The number of supporters celebrating the day reflected the devotion to the Club ahead of the Big Bash summer, with Memberships on track to surpass the 6000 target, ticket sales strong across the five BBL home matches and continued growth across commercial partnerships.

Health Insurance Fund of WA (HIF) and leading car manufacturer Mazda have joined the Scorchers as Official Partners for the season, complementing the Club’s impressive partnership portfolio led by its W/BBL Principal Partners in, and Kleenheat.

A highlight of the Fan Day was the draw of the Holman Family Fun Pack, with the Keating family winning four tickets for every home game, along with four replica Scorchers shirts and four hats.

The Scorchers Smash was again taken out by Mitch Johnson, this time teaming up with Megan Banting in a revised format that teamed together a BBL and WBBL player, with the combined distances hit determining the winner.

The lucky fan that picked the team of Johnson and Banting was presented with a BBL|06 Championship replica shirt signed by the title-winning players, with the pair toppling teammates Hilton Cartwright and Chloe Piparo, and Mitch Marsh and Heather Graham.

The Club also finalised its BBL roster ahead of its Championship defence, with a pair of local talents, wicketkeeper-batter Josh Inglis and pace tyro Cam Green, rounding out the list.

Scorchers BBL coach Justin Langer said: "We've got a great squad again, so it all comes down to keeping them on the park and (managing the list around) the Australian selections.

"That's why we're so happy with the depth of our squad, because we've seen over the past few years – through injury or Australian selection – we tend to be able to cover it.

"I'm not one for predictions, but we've shown over the years that we're an incredibly successful team and there's no reason that should change.

"We know the formula that works and, if we have the courage to stick to that formula, we'll be ok."

The Scorchers last season qualified for their first WBBL Final, hosting a double-header at #TheFurnace, but unable to snare their inaugural crown in the women's competition.

Scorchers WBBL coach Lisa Keightley said: "We've been really consistent over the past two years – making the semis, then the Final – so for me it's all about getting in the semis then playing two really good games of cricket.

"To play in a Final was the biggest step for us; for a lot of our local players, they don't get the chance to play in a Final because there's not a lot of opportunity.

"Hopefully, when we get in those pressure games in the round matches for the WBBL, we can take them and then be in that position for semis.

"Our squad is slightly different, we've got a few changes, but I still think it's really balanced and hopefully we'll have good depth."

Perth Scorchers BBL|07 Squad: Adam Voges ©, Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey.

Perth Scorchers WBBL|03 Squad: Elyse Villani ©, Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton, Katherine Brunt, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Lauren Ebsary, Heather Graham, Mikayla Hinkley, Emma King, Meg Lanning, Chloe Piparo, Natalia Sciver, Emily Smith.