Moments That Mattered
- Matt Kelly, included for Tymal Mills (rested), was the pick of the bowlers upon returning to the starting side, taking 3-30 in a spell punctuated by brilliant yorkers.
- Mitch Marsh claimed the important scalps of Alex Ross and Daniel Sams during the Power Surge, while Jason Behrendorff (1-34 from four overs) and Ashton Agar (0-35 from four) were tricky to get away in the high-scoring contest.
- The Thunder, powered by dynamic English import Sam Billings, finished their 20 overs on 7-200.
- Colin Munro showed noteworthy grit and determination throughout his innings, climbing to second place on the competition’s run-scoring chart (268 at 67, strike rate 142.55) with an unbeaten 64 off 43 balls.
- AJ Tye (44 from 25) was also dangerous with the blade, thumping six boundaries including three sixes to post the highest score of his BBL career.
- The loss ends the Scorchers’ streak of six successive wins to start the season. Perth, however, remain atop the standings halfway through their regular season campaign.
After the match, AJ Tye said:
“Full credit to them (The Thunder). We got a couple of wickets early but that partnership that Billings and (Jason) Sangha had was class.
“I was just focussed on the ball (while batting). We were a long way behind in the game and it sort of gave me a license, or that freedom, to try and hit everything out of the park because we needed to try and win it.
“I connected with some and didn’t with others, and that’s alright. It’s always nice to contribute with the bat when needed.”
The Scorchers will return to Melbourne tomorrow and target their seventh win of the season the following day, when they take on Melbourne Stars at Marvel Stadium on Thursday 30 December.