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Colin Munro top scores for the Scorchers // Getty Images


Scorchers Stomp Out Heat To Rise To Second

19 January 2021

The Perth Scorchers have stormed into second place on the 2020-21 KFC Big Bash League table following an emphatic 59-run win over the Brisbane Heat tonight, Tuesday 19 January at Marvel Stadium.

New Zealand international Colin Munro continued his red-hot form with the bat and was a clear Player of the Match with a crucial innings of 82 from 54 balls.

The Kiwi batted with patience early as he adjusted to the wicket, taking 41 balls to reach his fifth half-century of the tournament before exploding in his next 13 balls to significantly lift the run-rate.

The kiwi’s willingness to adapt to the wicket and bide his time ultimately proved to be the difference between the two teams, with no other batter on the evening passing 27 runs.

While Munro was the mainstay, there were plenty of contributors around him for Perth.

Keeper Josh Inglis looked sharp for his 25, while skipper Ashton Turner blasted his way to 24 not out in a vital 47-run stand with Munro to get Perth to a total of 174.

In the field, Cameron Bancroft set the tone early with a brilliant catch to dismiss Heat batsman Max Bryant in the second over.

Spinner Fawad Ahmed was at his very best with the ball, taking a game-high three wickets including the big dismissals of Chris Lynn (27) and Joe Denly (26).

From there it was one-way traffic, as the Scorchers ripped through Brisbane’s lower order with ease.

A remarkable collapse of 7-19 saw the Heat bowled out in the 17th over, and marked the fourth time in 11 matches the Scorchers bowling attack has dismissed the opposition inside 20 overs.

Fast bowler Jhye Richardson snared another two wickets to create distance between himself and the chasing pack atop of the BBL|10 wicket takers list.

After the match, Richardson said;

“The way Colin Munro set up his innings was brilliant tonight, for him to set a platform like that is the way to go about it here at Marvel.

“Our bowlers were fantastic with their lengths all night, we spoke about trying to hit the stumps as much as we could.

“Moving forward, we’ve set a pretty strong platform from tonight’s game on how to play in the upcoming matches.”

Perth will now focus their attention to the Hobart Hurricanes who they meet in Melbourne on Friday.