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02 January 2022

Perth Scorchers have returned to the top of the 2021-22 KFC Big Bash League ladder with a balanced team performance, overcoming an inexperienced Melbourne Stars outfit to triumph by 50 runs at the CitiPower Centre in St Kilda this afternoon.

The Moments That Mattered

- Opener Kurtis Patterson continued his sparkling form, notching up 54 from 39 deliveries including four fours and two sixes.

- Batting at first drop, Colin Munro (40 from 20) combined superbly with Patterson during a brisk 68-run stand. Ashton Turner (27 off 19) and Ashton Agar (19 from 16) also made meaningful contributions late in the piece, guiding Perth to 8-180 from 20 overs.

- The Scorchers battled early in Melbourne Stars’ innings but responded superbly, with all five bowlers claiming at least one wicket.

- Player of the Match Peter Hatzoglou was particularly influential, taking 2-27 from his four-over spell, including the key scalp of marquee Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell. Tymal Mills (3-28), AJ Tye (2-11), Ashton Agar (1-31) and Jason Behrendorff (1-33) also stepped up and applied the clamps to nullify Melbourne Stars’ fast start.
After the match, opener Kurtis Patterson said:

“It was a very strange 24 hours to be honest … (but) it was pretty much business as usual. Once the game got confirmed, we had to shift our attention away from them, and back to our own camp, and back to trying to get four points today, which we were able to do.

“We’re (eight) games in now. We kind of got on a bit of a roll. It would’ve been very different if it was a bit earlier in the tournament and we were still working out what works for us, but we’re playing some good cricket. It was really just about chilling out at the hotel, like any other game, and letting the decision-makers make those decisions.

“Obviously we want those guys (Marsh and Inglis) around as much as possible but that’s the one bonus – it gives other guys like Aaron Hardie today an opportunity to come in and play. I feel like this tournament, always come the back end of the tournament, you need those guys from 13 to 16 on your list to ideally have some game practise under their belt and be ready to come in and perform.”

Perth will travel to the Gold Coast tomorrow for fixtures against Sydney Thunder (Wednesday 5 January) and Sydney Sixers (Thursday 6 January) at Metricon Stadium.