The Moments That Mattered
- Scorchers opener Kurtis Patterson was awarded Player of the Match, posting his second half-century of the season – a career-best tally of 78 from 48 balls, including six fours and five sixes.
- A blistering late cameo of 30 not-out from 11 balls (three fours, two sixes) by Ashton Agar ensured Perth reached the competitive total of 7-167 from their 20 overs.
- In reply, AJ Tye picked up 3-19 from four overs and earned the yellow cap, awarded to the competition’s leading wicket-taker. He also reached another milestone, becoming the first bowler to take 100 BBL wickets for a single club.
- Spin bowlers Ashton Agar (2-31) and Peter Hatzoglou (2-29) were superb during the middle overs of the bowling innings.
After the match, Ashton Agar said:
“The key (to finishing the innings with the bat) is staying calm and trying to do the best job you can. You know it’s not going to come off all the time, but hopefully in the big games or when it’s really needed it can come off, and that happened tonight.
“Great, great (bowling) effort. Our starts have been so good every game. We’re doing damage in the powerplays, and everyone who comes on after that – their first overs, they’re just absolutely nailing.
“We’ve got teams behind straight away and when it comes to the power surge we’re so far in front we take a lot of wickets. You have to credit the whole bowling group working as a team and I think that’s the trademark of the Scorchers in our successful years.
“AJ (Andrew Tye) is one of those guys who just keeps trying to get better. He puts his heart and soul (into his work) and he leaves it all out there. He gives everything to his team every single time he bowls.
“KP (Kurtis Patterson) has been excellent. He’s just come in and, since that first game, timed the ball beautifully. His swing looks so pure and he’s done a lot of work on it, to be fair. He’s trying to get better all the time, puts a lot of thought into his game and it’s all coming to fruition.”
The Scorchers fly to Melbourne tomorrow (Tuesday 21 December) ahead of their clash with Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday 22 December.
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