The 2017-18 season represents the seventh and final summer where #TheFurnace (aka the WACA Ground) will host Perth Scorchers’ KFC Big Bash League matches.
To celebrate, we’ve put together our top seven moments over the years from Scorchers games at #TheFurnace. Tell us your favourite.
Who could forget this final ball drama? Stars ‘captain’ Shane Warne perhaps wants to. In a rain-affected match, the Scorchers needed three to win off the final ball. James Faulkner delivered, Adam Voges swung and missed and the Scorchers scrambled a single. It wasn’t enough. But suddenly the players realised the umpire had his arm raised for a no-ball. Confusion reigned, was it a Faulkner front-foot no-ball, did Warne have too many men in the circle? It didn’t matter, it was a no-ball. With Mike Hussey on strike, the Scorchers now needed one to win. With the field up, Faulkner charged in and Hussey blasted it over the top for four to clinch victory and a spot in the final.
Craig Simmons went from a nobody to a household name in a matter of 41 balls. The bulky Western Power apprentice lineman had been on the brink of being dropped from the Scorchers side after three failures, before producing the fastest century in BBL history. Simmons bludgeoned eight fours and eight sixes from the Strikers attack on his way to a 39-ball century, leading Perth to 7-203. Adelaide got close in reply, falling five runs short, but Simmons and the Scorchers wouldn’t be denied.
BBL|03 BIG Final win
After heartbreak in the previous two BIG Finals on home turf, the Scorchers made it third time lucky against the Hurricanes in BBL|03. Given the context, there was a nervous atmosphere around #TheFurnace, but the Marsh brothers helped relax the vibe. Shaun blasted an unbeaten 63, while Mitch clubbed three consecutive sixes in a cameo of 37 from 12 balls. The Canes never got close in reply, falling 39 runs short, ending two seasons of pain in glorious fashion for the Scorchers.
Klinger’s last-ball century
Rarely does a batsman reach triple figures in T20 cricket, so the stage was set for a grand finale with Michael Klinger on strike on 99 with one ball to go against the Renegades in their Boxing Day clash in BBL|04. Only needing a single for a hundred, Klinger did the team thing and decided to go for the maximum, driving Andrew Fekete’s delivery powerfully down the ground. It was flat and appeared to within grasp of long-off. But it sailed just over his head and the rope for a dramatic century which had the crowd on their feet.
Tye goes from zero to hero
In the BBL|04 semi-final, tail-ender Andrew Tye faced out a maiden in the 20th over, unable to get bat on ball from six Clint McKay deliveries. Afterwards, Tye raced off the field with his tail between his legs, with the home crowd a little shocked at what they’d seen. They needn’t worry as the bearded fast bowler bounced back, showing that 7-144 was always going to be enough, taking 4-18 with the ball as Perth won by 18 runs to clinch their spot in the decider.
Mitchell Johnson takes 3-3
If you arrived late to the BBL|06 semi-final you would’ve missed Mitch’s first-up double-wicket maiden. In his first season back from retirement, Johnson hit his straps come finals time with an unbelievable spell which set up the Scorchers’ seven-wicket win over the Stars. Maidens are rare to come by in T20, but Johnson’s first two overs were just that, maidens! His 3-3 was the most economical four-over spell in BBL history too.
BBL|06 BIG Final win
Like three years prior, nothing quite compares to winning a title on home turf. The Scorchers crushed the Sydney Sixers by nine wickets with more than four overs to spare in front of a club record home crowd of 21,832 fans. Youngster Jhye Richardson was Player of the Match with three wickets, while Michael Klinger’s 71no helped the Scorchers canter to victory, ushering in boisterous celebrations at #TheFurnace.