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PERTH WIN THRILLER AFTER HARDIE HEROICS

04 January 2022

Called upon at the 11th hour to play a day earlier than anticipated, Perth Scorchers produced one of their best performances in recent memory and outpointed Sydney Sixers by 10 runs at Metricon Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Moments That Mattered

- Rising allrounder Aaron Hardie was outstanding with the bat, posting his highest T20 score (45 from 24 balls) to resurrect Perth’s faltering innings and claim Player of the Match honours. Hardie and fellow allrounder Ashton Agar (29 from 20) put on 59 runs for the sixth wicket and were central to the Scorchers tallying the competitive total of 8-143.

- Kurtis Patterson (27 off 25) played a steady role atop the order, helping Perth earn the Bash Boost point on a pitch that most batters had trouble adjusting to.

- The Scorchers’ response with the new ball was telling. Tearaway quick Lance Morris (2-25 from four overs) and departing Englishman Tymal Mills (3-29 from four overs) took the new ball and, with sizzling pace, left the Sixers reeling on 4-16.

- AJ Tye (3-17 off 4) built upon the momentum generated by Morris and Mills, and claimed the critical wicket of star Sixers veteran Dan Christian (73). Economical spin twins Agar and Peter Hatzoglou also held their nerve when Sydney were desperate to accelerate.
After the match, Hardie told Fox Cricket:

“I spoke to Ash (Agar) at the twelve-over mark and we were struggling for momentum so we decided to take the Power Surge and take that risk, so luckily it came for us today.

“Peter (Hatzoglou) is such a great athlete and I knew he would be able run between the wickets to give me the strike towards the end. It was just fun to be out there with him.

“We chatted a lot today about how we have nothing to lose and how it’s our job and responsibility to keep the Big Bash going so to be able to come out here and earn the day off before our next match against the Thunder – I am super proud of all the boys for their efforts.”

Perth Scorchers will return to Metricon Stadium on Thursday 6 January for their clash with Sydney Thunder.