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Ashton Turner

Scorchers Silenced By The Heat

06 January 2019

The Perth Scorchers have gone down by five wickets to the Brisbane Heat in their sixth match of their KFC Big Bash campaign.

The Heat won the toss, sending the Scorchers into bat first in front of a booming crowd of close to 41,000 at Optus Stadium.

Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft put on a solid 56-run partnership to post a strong powerplay score of 42 for the home side.

Their stand came to an end at the hands of Afghani spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Brendon McCullum, respectively, in the space of four balls.

Ashton Turner was the standout in the Scorchers’ innings, smacking 47 off 30 deliveries which included four fours and a six, backing up knocks of 60 not out and 49 earlier in the tournament.

Defending 136, Nathan Coulter-Nile produced an impressive spell with the ball, returning 3-25 from his four overs, which included 10 dot balls.

Coulter-Nile said he is confident the side can make a strong comeback in the coming matches.

“We are a long way back but I think we can do it… we have lots of games at home now and we play pretty well here and if the crowd keeps getting behind us I think we can get the job done,” Coulter-Nile said

“I definitely thought we were a chance… if we held our catches and took a couple of run-out chances who knows.

“Personally, I feel I am getting better with every ball and feeling more confident.”

The Scorchers travel to Melbourne to take on the Stars at the MCG this Wednesday 9 December.