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Scorchers Prove Unstoppable Against Thunder

10 January 2021

The Perth Scorchers have extended their impressive winning streak, overcoming top-of-the-table Sydney Thunder in a thriller in front of more than 27 thousand fans at Optus Stadium tonight, Saturday 9 January.

Jhye Richardson was at his damaging best with the ball, the speedster claiming figures of 4-24 in a Player of the Match Performance that has taken his tally to 17 – leading the Golden Arm tally for most wickets in BBL10

Richardson was also extremely handy with the bat producing a quick fire 20 runs.

In the Scorchers opening innings batsmen Colin Munro (50) and Josh Inglis (20) formed a counter-punching partnership after losing early wickets.

The Kiwi was at his very best, scoring his third half century in as many games in a knock that included three maximums.

All momentum swung in the Scorchers’ favour in the 15th over, when Munro and skipper Ashton Turner (31) blasted 40 runs in the two-over Power Surge.

The two overs of carnage brought seven boundaries, including three sixes, and put Perth in the box seat.

A flurry of late runs from Richardson and allrounder Aaron Hardie (19*) pushed the Perth total to 186, setting the Thunder the highest ever successful run chase for victory at Optus Stadium.

In reply the Thunder struggled to get going as they fell to 4-46 in the sixth over in an innings where everything seemed to go the Scorchers’ way, including a fumbled run-out from wicket-keeper Josh Inglis.

However, an 83-run partnership between Thunder batsmen Sam Billings (83) and Ben Cutting (31) threatened to take the game away from Perth.

Despite regular wickets from the Scorchers' bowling attack, the game was well and truly alive in the 19th over when death bowling specialist Andrew Tye (2-28) was given the ball.

He was able to hold his nerve and rattle the stumps of Billings, ruining any hope for the Thunder who were bowled out in the final ball of the match.

Munro suffered quad soreness while he was batting and did not take the field in the second innings.

Head Coach Adam Voges said;

“It was a tight game tonight, I thought we were challenged with both bat and ball, but I’m really pleased with the way the group responded to yet another 180-plus total and to defend it under the pump.

“I think we’ve come across a good formula with the way we bat… Colin got another partnership going with Josh and then we just got little partnerships all the way through so we didn’t lose momentum.

“Jhye was outstanding yet again.. bat, ball, field there isn’t much he can’t do.

“I think he has improved with every game and he’s now the leading wicket-taker in the competition, he’s been magnificent for us.”

The Scorchers are eyeing off a fifth win in a row against the Hobart Hurricanes in their last game at Optus Stadium for the season on Tuesday 12 January.