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KFC BBL|11

SIZZLING SCORCHERS SURGE INTO FINAL

22 January 2022

An outstanding all-round display saw Perth Scorchers outpoint Sydney Sixers by 49 runs at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night, booking their place in the 2021-22 KFC Big Bash League Final.

Moments That Mattered

- Perth won the toss, elected to bat, and cashed in, as openers Josh Inglis and Kurtis Patterson put on 120 runs for the first wicket in just 12.2 overs.

- Patterson – playing against many of his New South Wales teammates – compiled his fourth half-century of BBL|11, a classy 41-ball 64.

- Player of the Match Josh Inglis’ form (79 from 49) was equally encouraging. The inventive Inglis thumped the ball to all pockets of the ground and ensured the Scorchers maintained momentum after Patterson’s dismissal.

- Defending 189, speedster Jhye Richardson claimed the critical scalps of Josh Philippe and Moises Henriques to finish with 2-21 from four overs in his first BBL game this season.

- Ashton Agar (2-16 from four) made good use of a turning pitch, while AJ Tye and Jason Behrendorff also picked up two wickets apiece. The Sixers were eventually bowled out for 140 in 19.2 overs.

- Perth will now set their sights on Friday’s final, with the Club’s fourth BBL championship squarely in the crosshairs.

Speaking to the media post-match, Agar said:

“It wasn’t the easiest wicket out there, to be fair, to bat on, and our batters are just playing beautifully. Getting off to a good start, laying a nice foundation and we’ve got guys that can come in and finish off the innings really well.

“His (Inglis’) hallmark is scoring all around the ground. It’s really hard to set fields to him, I think it’s hard to bowl spin to him because he can switch-hit, he can sweep, hit over cover – those sorts of things … I’m real happy for him.

“I’m just having a good time, to be honest. I’m enjoying being in this bubble. It’s got it’s challenges, no doubt, but I’ve got my wife here now, all the families were sitting up here … we’re doing as much as we can outside of the game, and I think that allows you when you’re actually in the game to get on with what you do on the field.”