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Liam Livingstone Bats During Play // AAP Photos


Livingstone Fireworks Secures Scorchers A Point

16 January 2021

The Perth Scorchers have lost to the Sydney Sixers by seven wickets tonight, Saturday 16 January, at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The loss came with a silver lining, as the Scorchers secured the Bash Boost point to remain in third place on the BBL|10 table.

The bonus point came largely thanks to a Liam Livingstone blitz at the top of the order in the first innings.

After being dropped early, the Englishman made the Sixers pay, he crunched nine boundaries on his way to 67 from 38 balls.

Livingstone’s knock included six towering maximums, with one perfectly timed pick-up off his pads that rocketed over the grandstand and was last seen tumbling down Canberra Avenue.

With Perth sitting 1-103 at the drinks break the platform was set, but the Sixers hit back when the Power Surge was taken in the 11th over.

With wickets falling regularly in the back-half of the innings, the Scorchers struggled to build a partnership and wrestle back momentum.

Kiwi Colin Munro (34) did his best to get Perth going with four boundaries of his own, with the Scorchers setting a total of 163 from their 20 overs.

Swing bowler Jason Behrendorff (1-19) struck early with the ball, but a 106-run stand between Josh Philippe (84) and James Vince (52) set the Sixers up for victory.

Despite late wickets from BBL|10’s leading wicket taker Jhye Richardson (1-31) and spinner Fawad Ahmed (1-35), a lack of runs in the first innings meant the Sixers took the win in the 19th over.

After the match, Liam Livingstone said;

“We thought we had a defendable score, but they’re allowed to play well, we were beaten by the better team tonight.

“We’re not looking at where we’re finishing on the ladder, we’re just concentrating on our next game and trying to build momentum.”

The Scorchers now head to Melbourne for an important clash with the Brisbane Heat on Tuesday 19 January at Marvel Stadium.