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Scorchers Go Down In Opener

12 December 2020

The Perth Scorchers have lost their opening match of the 2020-21 KFC Big Bash League season, going down by seven wickets to the Melbourne Renegades tonight, Saturday 12 December, at Blundstone Arena.

After winning the toss an electing to bat, the Scorchers were hindered by the loss of early wickets, with the top three all back in the sheds inside the first three overs.

Ashton Turner (24) looked comfortable at the crease before falling to a run out, while Aaron Hardie (33) top scored for Perth and fought hard to get the team to 130 runs.

In response, a 70-run opening stand for the Renegades made the run chase a formality, they chased down the Scorchers’ total with 21 balls to spare.

Fast bowler Jhye Richardson looked threatening on his return from shoulder surgery, he snared the price wicket of Aaron Finch who fell to a sublime catch by Mitchell Marsh running back with the flight of the ball.

Ultimately a lack of runs on the board was costly as Melbourne chased down the total with 21 balls remaining.

The Scorchers head to Launceston on Tuesday ahead of a Wednesday night clash against the Melbourne Stars at the University of Tasmania Stadium.

Following the match, Ashton Turner said;

“We know our best is a lot better than that, but our game plan isn’t going to change off the back of one bad game.

“This is a long tournament, tonight is only really a loss if we lose confidence going into the next game.

“We look forward to travelling to Launceston and hopefully we can put our best foot forward there.”