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11 January 2022

A dominant Perth Scorchers outfit proved too strong for the Melbourne Stars on Sunday afternoon, winning by 47 runs at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.

Moments That Mattered

Cameron Bancroft was ruled out of the match after coming into contact with a suspected COVID-19 case. Bancroft, who returned a negative rapid test result this morning, has since been deemed a close contact and is therefore required to isolate for at least seven days.

- Player of the Match Laurie Evans showed exactly why he was recruited, top-scoring for the Scorchers with a 46-ball 69 that included five sixes.

- Captain Ashton Turner was equally explosive, racing to 47 not-out from 26 balls, and passing the 1500-run milestone for KFC Big Bash League runs.

- Deployed at the top of the order, Nick Hobson was impressive in his first match since BBL|08 with 46 from 36, while Aaron Hardie struck a sublime lofted cover drive for six off his first delivery and finished on 15no (seven balls).

- The Scorchers piled on 3-196 from their 20 overs, the highest BBL total recorded at the ground.

- In Bancroft’s absence, occasional wicket-keeper Evans took the gloves and was tidy behind the stumps.

- Matt Kelly proved the best bowler afield by some distance, taking a wicket with the first delivery of his first three overs before finishing with 4-25. No Perth player has recorded better figures this season.

- The Scorchers’ other four frontline bowlers claimed a scalp each, restricting the Stars to 9-149.

After the match, Evans told Fox Cricket:

“We’re playing some good cricket at the minute and it’s a great team to be part of. It makes my job as an overseas player a lot easier when you have amazing players around you.

“Hobbo (Nick Hobson) has been working hard in the nets trying to get a game and be ready at any point. He’s probably hit the ball better than anyone in the squad in the nets, so it’s no surprise to see him come out and hit the ball as hard as he did today.

“He (Matt Kelly) shouldn’t be underrated because he’s been in and out of the side, and he turns up and he’s almost our best bowler each time. He works incredibly hard and is one of the best blokes I know and he’s a massive asset for the Scorchers.”

Perth will head to Adelaide for their penultimate game of the regular season, where they will take on the Strikers for the Jason Gillespie Trophy at the Adelaide Oval on Friday 14 January to conclude First Nations Round.