Perth Scorchers 4 for 147 (Bancroft 59, Turner 43*, Bravo 2-18) beat Melbourne Stars 6 for 146 (Dunk 62, Gulbis 37, Tye 4-18) by six wickets
The Perth Scorchers breathed much-needed life back into their stuttering BBL campaign with a comfortable win over the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.
After winning the flip, the visitors charged themselves with the task of restricting the Stars on what looked a wonderful batting pitch. A sterling return of 4 for 18 from Andrew Tye and some clever legspin bowling from Usman Qadir helped the Scorchers achieve this, before Cameron Bancroft and Ashton Turner led Perth’s reply to deliver their second win of the tournament.
Despite the Scorchers missing four of their regulars, it was the Stars who appeared rather depleted, starting the game without Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb and Adam Zampa. All four men are part of the Australia ODI squad to face India from January 12. Legspinning revelation Sandeep Lamichhane had made his exit as well, to play the Bangladesh Premier League.
While Stars openers, Ben Dunk and Evan Gulbis, were able to lay a strong platform, their dismissals triggered a slide that, in keeper Seb Gotch’s words, left them “about ten to fifteen runs short”. It proved true, as Bancroft’s 59 off 42 and Turner’s 43* off 22 secured the win for the West Australian franchise.
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Sam Perry is a Melbourne-based sportswriter. @sjjperry
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