Moments That Mattered
- Opener Cameron Bancroft was steady early, top-scoring with a 31-ball 30 compiled either side of the rain delay. Kurtis Patterson (19 runs from 14 balls) and Laurie Evans (20 from 18) also made starts, and Ashton Agar (22 from 10) teed off late, guiding his team to 9-133 from the reduced allotment of 18 overs.
- The depth of Perth’s bowling – particularly during the middle overs – kept them in the contest, after Sydney Thunder surged out the blocks. AJ Tye was again in the thick of the action, accounting for dashing left-hander Matthew Gilkes (32) and marquee Englishman Alex Hales (26), before running out dangerous youngster Oliver Davies (19) off his own bowling.
- Matthew Kelly (1-29 from four overs) bowled economically and ripped through Jason Sangha (34) with a pinpoint yorker to boost Perth’s chances in the dying overs. The Scorchers’ total, however, proved a little under par when the Thunder sealed victory with six balls to spare.
After the match, head coach Adam Voges said:
“I thought we were just a bit off tonight, in all facets. I thought we started well with the bat, the rain probably didn’t come at a great time, and then we never really got any momentum going through our batting innings.
“(We were) probably a little bit under par with the bat and just didn’t quite nail our execution with the ball or in the field.
“I thought we had some good patches with the ball, no doubt, and I thought particularly Ashton Agar with the bat at the back end – I thought that was a real highlight.
“Credit to the Thunder. I thought they summed the conditions up well, mixed their pace a lot, and probably did that a lot better than we did.”
Perth’s next assignment is Sydney Sixers in Coffs Harbour on Sunday 9 January.
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