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Scorchers Home Final Awaits After Loss To Sixers

31 January 2021

The Perth Scorchers will look to fire up in the Challenger Final to be played at Optus Stadium this Thursday, after being defeated by the Sydney Sixers in the Qualifier tonight at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Perth earned the right to a double chance by finishing in the top two at the end of the regular season and will exercise the privilege in Thursday’s Challenger Final in front of Members and fans at Optus Stadium.

Perth’s opponents in the Challenger will be decided tomorrow night, with the winner of the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat clash set to head West to the Furnace.

Josh Inglis was again the hero with the bat for the Scorchers, smashing an unbeaten 69 from 41 deliveries, including seven boundaries.

With both openers back in the sheds at the six-over mark, Inglis combined with kiwi Colin Munro (30) to stabilise the Scorchers’ innings.

When Munro was dismissed following the drinks break, with a luckless Mitch Marsh (2) going shortly after, skipper Ashton Turner’s 59-run stand with the keeper pushed Perth to a competitive score.

The duo were able to resurrect the innings, smashing 34 runs in the Power Surge and partnered for 59 runs to get the Scorchers to a competitive 167.

Turner was especially effective in the Power Surge overs, he dispatched Sean Abbott for three consecutive boundaries including two maximums on the off side, on his way to a quickfire 33.

However, with the Canberra dew setting in and the wicket quickening up under lights, the Sixers played well to be deserved winners.

James Vince (98*) and Josh Philippe (45) put together 92 runs for the first wicket to have the Sixers ahead of the game, before Daniel Hughes (21*) helped get the Sydney club home at the start of the 18th over.

After the match, skipper Ashton Turner said;

“We had a golden opportunity to put ourselves in a really good position to win this tournament and it just feels like we’ve let it slip.

“That being said, we’ve got to get on a flight back home and dust ourselves off and be ready to go on Thursday.

“Coming into the season we didn’t know if we’d be able to play at home, to get a chance to play a final at home in Perth is a great opportunity for us.”

Tickets to Thursday night’s Challenger Final go on sale to Scorchers Members at 10.00am and the general public at 2.00pm via Ticketmaster on Monday 1 February.

MATCH DETAILS
PERTH SCORCHERS – THE CHALLENGER

Perth Scorchers v winner of the Knockout
Thursday 4 February, 4:45pm WST
Optus Stadium, Perth
LIVE: Seven, Foxtel, Kayosports, SEN Radio, cricket.com.au