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Mitch's Half Century Shines In Scorchers Loss

23 December 2020

The Perth Scorchers have fallen by seven wickets to the Sydney Thunder in their third 2020-21 KFC Big Bash League clash tonight, Tuesday 22 December at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

The Thunder sent Perth in to bat on a wicket that had the ball swinging early, Mitch Marsh playing the conditions with precision to help the side post 5-152 in what was his 50th BBL game.

Marsh brought up his eighth half century, hitting an unbeaten 52 from 41 balls, as he helped Perth take 30 runs from their two-over power surge.

It formed part of an unbeaten 61-run stand for the sixth wicket, with Cameron Bancroft finishing not out on 34 from 26 balls.

Supporting their contributions was captain Ashton Turner (23) and Colin Munro (25).

In reply, Jason Behrendorff (1-32), who returned to the side after missing the last game for the birth of his second child, got the ball to swing back into the dangerous Alex Hales in the first over.

Andrew Tye was denied the wicket of Usman Khawaja in controversial fashion, with the umpire giving the batsman not out after he appeared to edge it to keeper Josh Inglis.

The Thunder were able to build partnerships from there and captain Callum Ferguson (61*) guided the side home with three balls to spare.

After the match, Mitch Marsh said;

“It was a beautiful wicket and the outfield was lightning fast tonight, we probably felt that we were 20 runs short.

“We know our bowling attack can defend low totals but unfortunately the Thunder were too good tonight.

“There’s certainly no panic in our change rooms, we know we’re close… there are little things we can tidy up and we remain confident.”

The Scorchers come up against the Adelaide Strikers on Monday 28 December, where big-hitting Englishmen Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone are expected to be out of quarantine and available for selection.