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Scorchers Smash Their Way To BBL Final

05 February 2021

The Perth Scorchers are headed to the SCG to play in a record sixth KFC Big Bash League Final after destroying the Brisbane Heat by 49 runs tonight at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Playing for the spot in the Final, the Scorchers embraced the occasion and put together a complete performance on a rain-impacted match in the nation’s capital.

After being sent into bat and missing star import Jason Roy with an ankle injury, the Scorchers wasted little time to put their foot on the throttle thanks to a 114-run opening stand between Liam Livingstone (77) and the recalled Cameron Bancroft (58*).

Livingstone was in sublime touch, bashing 11 boundaries in his 39-ball innings, including a savage X-run over of leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne before the drinks break.

While the Englishman was clearing the boundary with ease, Bancroft was his usual busy self at the crease and provided the perfect foil for the barnstorming Livingstone.

Sensing an opportunity to accelerate, the Scorchers elevated Mitch Marsh to number three in the order after Livingstone fell at the start of the 12th.

The man they call the Bison showed why he’s one of the most powerful hitters in the Big Bash, striking some brutal blows on his way to an exceptional 49 not out.

Marsh and Bancroft both brought up milestones in the clash, passing 1,500 and 1,000 tournament runs respectively in a massive effort.

Nothing short of divine intervention could halt the Scorchers batting blitz, and eventually the heavens obliged with a downpour cutting short the batting innings with 11 balls to come.

Set a revised target of 200 from 18 overs, the Heat chase began with intent before Jason Behrendorff blew the innings open in the space of two balls.

The swing bowler struck twice in consecutive deliveries, removing Joe Denly (14) and the dangerous Chris Lynn (22) to hand the Scorchers all the momentum.

It was a team bowling performance from Perth, as Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, and Fawad Ahmed all picked up two wickets each, while all-rounder Aaron Hardie claimed three scalps.

The effort restricted Brisbane to 150 from their innings in a comprehensive performance, booking the Scorchers’ ticket to the Final in the process.

After the match, Liam Livingstone said;

“I think the way we played was pretty much perfect, the way Cameron Bancroft anchored the innings and Mitch and I went from the other end was pretty much how we had planned it.

“In our batting innings we want partnerships and in our bowling innings we want wickets, we did both of those tonight.

“People back in WA are doing it tough with the bushfires and lockdown, we owed it to them today to put on a performance and hopefully they’ll be backing us on Saturday.”

Saturday’s Final will be the fourth time the Scorchers have faced the Sixers in the BBL season decider.

MATCH DETAILS
PERTH SCORCHERS – THE BBL10 FINAL

Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers
Saturday 6 February, 4:40pm WST
SCG, Sydney
LIVE: Seven, Foxtel, Kayosports, SEN Radio, cricket.com.au