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Scorchers Cane Hobart In Statement Win

13 January 2020

Mitch Marsh claims a wicket in victory over Hurricanes // Getty Images

The Perth Scorchers have moved into third place on the 2019-20 KFC Big Bash League ladder after defeating the Hobart Hurricanes by 77 runs at Blundstone Arena on Sunday night.

Superb knocks from opener Josh Inglis and captain Mitch Marsh were matched by an all-round effort from the Scorchers’ bowlers as they restricted the Hurricanes to just 98 runs to notch up their third win on the bounce.

The Scorchers were sent in to bat first, but after the early wickets of Liam Livingstone (3) and Sam Whiteman (8) the visitors were stuck on 2-16 off three overs.

What followed, however, was an emphatic 109-run partnership between Inglis (73) and Marsh (40) who scored all over the park in a composed batting display under immense pressure.

After Marsh and Inglis were dismissed Tim David (12), Cameron Bancroft (14) and Cameron Green (13*) all chipped in at the backend to lead the visitors to a defendable total of 175.

The Hurricanes came out to bat with the game well and truly in the balance, but Jhye Richardson stepped forward to put the Scorchers in the driving seat.

Matthew Wade (3) was first to go before Richardson struck again just three balls later, dismissing David Miller for a duck.

Marsh swung Fawad Ahmed into the attack in the eighth over to great effect, he dismissed Caleb Jewell for 28 before clean-bowling Clive Rose (1) later in the piece to end the night with figures of 2-15.

Marsh and Chris Jordan sent Ben McDermott (1) and Simon Milenko (18) back to the sheds in consecutive overs, and from then on the wickets began to fall at a rapid pace.

Richardson popped up in the 15th over to dismiss Tom Rogers (5) and Nathan Ellis (0), ending with excellent figures of 4-19, before Livingstone claimed the final two wickets of George Bailey (36) and Qais Ahmad (3).

Inglis, says he was thriving off his partnership with the skipper as he helped guide his side to victory.

“Mitch and I spoke about building a partnership after the two early wickets,” Inglis said.

“We thought it was a good wicket so we knew we needed to go hard later on, but we just focused on that partnership early doors.

“It’s always good batting with the skipper, he’s played a lot of cricket so it was really good experience, he’s someone I can lean on out there.

“I think we’ve been playing some good cricket in patches throughout the whole season... now we are stringing some wins together.”

The Scorchers return to Perth high on confidence as they prepare to face the Melbourne Stars at Optus Stadium on Wednesday 15 January.