Moments That Mattered
- Perth lost their first toss of the tournament and were handed the ball, paving the way for Tymal Mills (2-36) to have an immediate impact, claiming the key wickets of Australia white ball skipper Aaron Finch (eight runs) and Renegades captain Nic Maddinson (three).
- Veteran Scorchers quick Jason Behrendorff (2-19) maintained the pressure, while Ashton Agar also collected two wickets.
- Player of the Match Mitch Marsh – who has earned the honour in three of his four games this season – returned 1-18 from three overs. Marsh’s wicket came during the power surge, when Perth picked up 3-8 and limited the Renegades’ prospects of posting an imposing total.
- Chasing 152 for victory, dashing keeper-batter Josh Inglis (23 from 18 balls) thumped two leg-side sixes in an enterprising knock, while opening partner Cam Bancroft compiled a classy 19-ball 23.
- Colin Munro, however, proved Perth’s most dominant batter with an unbeaten 58 from just 32 deliveries, putting on 99 runs with Marsh (42 not out from 33) to guide his team across the line in the 17th over.
- In turn, Perth is the only undefeated team remaining in the 2021-22 KFC Big Bash League season with six victories from as many games.
After the match, Colin Munro said:
“Obviously we’ve always batted first so we were put under pressure at the toss to go out there and bowl.
“I thought the boys set a great tone up front, the way we bowled and fielded. We were put under pressure at the end (of Perth’s bowling innings) but that’s the way it goes sometimes, and I think we finished it pretty well with the bat.
“When I went in, Mitch had everything under control, and it was just about hitting strong shots. The wicket wasn’t coming on, as well, and I thought the Renegades bowled really well in terms of changing their pace, and used the wicket really well.
“For me, (batting at number four) is a role I did when I was a little bit younger, so it’s about trying to familiarise myself with that role. There’s going to be times where I have to go out there from ball one and whack it, and there’s going to be times where I can give myself some time like I did tonight.
“Our bowling has been unbelievable from the start. I think Dorff (Jason Behrendorff), Tymal (Mills) up front, even the spinners – they did it tough towards the end tonight but they put their hands up and bowled the tough overs, and that’s you need sometimes.”
The Scorchers will fly to Canberra tomorrow ahead of their clash with Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval on Tuesday 28 December.
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