AJ TYE 4-WICKET HAUL AGAINST STARS
AJ picked up the first four-wicket haul of the season, with his brilliant spell of 4-18 from his four overs helping restrict the Stars to 146 at the MCG on Wednesday January 9.
His first scalp was new Stars captain Nic Maddison, who was out caught behind after he failed to negotiate Tye’s vicious bouncer. His second came when he bowled the dangerous Dwayne Bravo for a two – ball duck! Jonathan Merlo and Seb Gotch, both caught by Nathan Coulter-Nile capped off a superb spell!
AJ’s bag of wickets helped the Scorchers secure a six wicket win.
THE SUPER OVER VICTORY
"That was unreal," – Heather Graham. The best way to sum up the Scorchers Women’s clash against the Hobart Hurricanes on Tuesday December 18 at Blundstone Arena.
It was Graham who forced the match into a Super Over. Needing 17 runs off the last of their allotted 20 overs, Graham smacked 16 from the bowling of Heather Knight, including two off the final ball to leave both sides level.
Then, she barely had time to catch her breath before she bowled the crucial six deliveries that would determine the winner of the must win game for both sides. Bowling a Super Over to the likes of big-hitting India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and Knight would be enough to spook the most experienced bowler, but the 22-year-old wasn’t fazed– taking two wickets and restricting the Hurricanes to just 10 runs to seal victory.
SOS BIG KNOCK
Shaun Marsh put on a powerful display with the bat in his first game of the season against Sydney Thunder at Optus Stadium on Thursday 24 January.
He knocked an unbeaten 96 runs from 55 deliveries and smashed his way to his 14th BBL half-century.
The half-centurion continued his dominant ways and was strongly supported by brother Mitch, the two combined for a solid 58-run partnership for the men in orange.
SOS cracked five fours and five sixes in a devastating knock that helped lift the Scorchers to a formidable total of 4-181.
BIGGEST SUCCESSFUL RUN CHASE
The Scorchers pulled off the biggest ever run chase in Rebel WBBL history after downing the Sydney Thunder by six wickets on Saturday 29 December at Lilac Hill.
After the Thunder posted a huge 5-179 the Scorchers timed their chase to perfection and got home with one ball to spare.
Gun opener Elyse Villani hit the winning runs off Stephanie Taylor and finished unbeaten on 66. Early on Villani was the support act during a 93-run first-wicket stand with skipper Meg Lanning who smoked 76 off 40 deliveries, her highest score of the season.
Lanning dominated the stand, at one stage outpacing Villani 71 runs to nine.
COULTS CLASSY CATCH
Big fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile pulled an absolute screamer in the Scorchers thrilling seven-wicket Boxing Day victory over the Adelaide Strikers at Optus Stadium.
Coulter-Nile dived low to his right to dismiss Adelaide’s Cameron Valente.
It’s no surprise he took the most catches for the Scorchers this season.
HG WICKET FEAST
Heather Graham’s star continued to rise during WBBL|04, the 22-year-old finished the season as leading wicket taker with 22 scalps at 16.95.
Graham posted her best bowling figures of 3-25 in the Scorchers’ first victory of the season against the Hobart Hurricanes at Lilac Hill.
It’s with no surprise Graham was named in the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) WBBL|04 Team of the Year due to her impressive form with the ball.
HOBBO'S 12th MAN ON DEBUT CATCH
Claremont-Nedlands batsman Nick Hobson found himself front and centre when he was called on as a substitute fielder in place of injured wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman during the Scorchers clash against the Hobart Hurricanes on January 18 at Optus Stadium.
Smacked by Hurricanes star Matthew Wade, the highest hit ball of the season soared just above the roof, but Hobbo remained as cool as ever and took the catch.
The batsman had never played a game for the Scorchers, but showed he’s a man for a pressure situation when put on the spot.
LANNING, JONESY UNBEATABLE OPENING PARTNERSHIP
The Scorchers secured a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over the Adelaide Strikers in their final game of the WBBL|04 season.
Meg Lanning and Amy Jones pummelled the Strikers for a stunning unbeaten opening partnership of 144 runs from just 16.4 overs to seal the deal in emphatic fashion in Alice Springs.
Lanning played superbly for an unbeaten 70 from 48 deliveries, and Jones also carried her bat, whacking 70 from 52 balls which featured nine fours and a six.
AT RAISES THE ROOF
A massive shot from Ashton Turner hit the roof at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium in the Scorchers match against the Melbourne Renegades on 20 December.
AT let loose with a massive shot off the bowling of Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Dan Christian that was destined to clear the boundary until it suddenly bounced off the rafters.
Confusion reigned as the commentators pointed out that the umpire had just given the Scorchers six runs despite the ball dropping in the middle of the outfield.
It soon became clear that Turner’s shot was hit so hard and high that it plummeted down at a right angle after hitting the roof, meaning an automatic six runs.
The 2018/19 season marked the last for two very highly regarded and talented members of the Scorchers family.
Lauren ‘Beeper’ Ebsary announced her retirement from cricket, after playing her final match for the Scorchers against her former side Adelaide Strikers in Alice Springs.
The 35-year-old, who joined the Scorchers at the start of WBBL|02 went on to play 46 games in the orange and scored 549 runs.
“I had such a great time with the Scorchers, each year was really different,” Ebsary said.
“Every season we had a relatively different team, but what came through consistently was the WACA family and how the support staff wrapped their arms around everyone.”
Perth Scorchers legendary opening batsman Michael Klinger also called time on his decorated career with the Scorchers, in the side’s last home game of the season at Optus Stadium on 3 February.
The Scorchers secured an emotional 27-run victory over the Melbourne Stars in what was a perfect send-off at home for Maxy.
He received a standing ovation from the home crowd after scoring a classy 30 runs, including three boundaries, to make him once again the all-time leading BBL run-scorer with 1,947 runs.
Maxy played 71 games for the Scorchers, banking 1947 runs that included 224 boundaries, 12 half centuries and a memorable century on Boxing Day 2014 against the Melbourne Renegades.
“I have fantastic memories of my time with the Scorchers and I’d like to thank my teammates, coaching and support staff and all our fantastic fans for making my time so meaningful and enjoyable at this great club. Also, a huge thank you to my family for their continued unconditional support,” he said.