Scorchers shine with fifth consecutive win in BBL

MELBOURNE: Perth Scorchers defeated Melbourne Renegades by 21 runs; staying unbeaten in the ongoing season of the Big Bash League (BBL).

In a match against Renegades at Docklands stadium, today. The Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh shined with a brilliant knock of 86 runs; assisting the side to post a commendable 206/5 on the board.

After winning the toss, the Scorchers’ skipper, Ashton Turner opted to bat first, their opening pair, however, could not live up to their skipper’s expectation, as the pair broke after scoring just six runs. Josh Inglis was the batter, who departed after scoring a mere two.

The Scorchers’ hero, Marsh, then took the charge and built a solid 62-runs partnership with Cameron Bancroft. The pair looked solid, but, Bancroft departed after scoring 24 off 21 balls. Marsh, on the other hand, impressed with his 86 for just 53 balls; smashing five boundaries and as many sixes.

The lower-order also chipped in significantly and Scorchers finished with 206/5 in 20 overs. Laurie Evans remained the second top-scorer for his side with a quickfire cameo of 42, facing just 16 balls. The batter smashed four boundaries and two sixes.

For Renegades, Kane Richardson bagged three wickets, while Will Sutherland and James Pattinson each took one wicket apiece.

Chasing a mammoth 207, Renegades too, started poorly; losing their first wicket for none. Aaron Finch and Nic Maddinson then stood up, with both the batters hitting half-centuries and putting on a massive 130-runs partnership.

The pair looked to pull the match in their favor, but, the Scorchers managed to remove both the batters in quick succession. Their dismissals halted the Renegades run chase; with no batter could go big in the end, the side, eventually, restricted to 185/5 in allotted overs.

Maddinson scored 67 off 43 deliveries; smashing eight boundaries and three sixes, followed by the top-scorer, Finch, who scored 68 off 41 balls, laced with four boundaries and five sixes.

For Scorchers, Ashton Agar claimed two wickets for 23 runs. Whereas, Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, and Peter Hatzoglou each took one wicket.

Following the victory, the Scorchers consolidated their top position on the points table, while Renegades remained at the bottom.

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