It was a record-breaking night for the Scorchers, which saw skipper Mitch Marsh smack his highest ever KFC Big Bash League score of 93 (not out), a ladder-leading unbeaten batting partnership and the highest ever run total in the club’s history.
The Scorchers got off to a flyer at #TheFurnace, Josh Inglis (28) finding the boundary in the very first ball of the match and then another and six more times.
It didn’t take long for Liam Livingstone (39) to find his groove, the Englishman whacking two epic sixes in the final over of the power play.
Marsh then became the life of the party, launching the ball into the sea of orange not once, not twice but eight times to highlight his career-best BBL knock.
Supporting his batting masterclass was Cam Bancroft (41 not out), the damaging duo producing an unbeaten 124-run partnership to share the top partnership of the BBL 2019-20 season spot with teammates Livingstone and Inglis.
To round out the innings Mitch saved three of his sixes for the final three balls, to produce a damaging run total of 213 for the Heat to chase.
Joel Paris starred with the ball, claiming the scalps of Matthew Renshaw (1) and Ben Cutting (20) to finish with figures of 2-29.
Fast bowler Jhye Richardson (2-34) was also one to watch, taking the first wicket for Perth in Max Bryant (5) and later on dismissed Jimmy Peirson for 13.
Fan favourite Chris Jordan (2-44) made sure no Lynnsanity took over the dancefloor, taking the massive wicket of Chris Lynn (14).
Marsh, the Player of the Match, said the win gives his team much-needed momentum heading into the second half of their campaign.
“A total of 213 is a great score for us and hopefully it builds our momentum now, going into a very important stretch,” he said.
“I think on grounds like Optus Stadium the backend is where you cash in and tonight was one of those nights where everything clicked and I had a bit of luck and I’m just wrapped we got the win.
“The Heat are so attacking and dynamic at the top of the order, but we held strong and stayed calm and wickets started to tumble, we stuck to our guns and it was a really pleasing effort from our bowling group.”
The Scorchers now fly to Tasmania ahead of their clash with the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday 13 January.
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