Sydney Thunder’s title defence lies in tatters as Perth Scorchers went top of the BBL06 table with a 50 run win at the Furnace.
While lightning apparently doesn’t strike twice it also appears Thunder doesn’t clap twice, well at least not in successive years. Thunder’s fourth straight loss leaves them rooted at the bottom of the ladder and hanging by a thread.
The Scorchers batted first and made 177 for four in their 20 overs. Ian Bell led the way with 45 in 38 balls. After losing Shaun Marsh early, Bell joined Michael Klinger to add 85 for the 2nd wicket, combining a big six off Fawad Ahmed with fluent timing. Klinger fell midway through the 11th over and the score was 89 for two.
Player of the Match, Mitch Marsh, (44 from 27 balls) joined Bell to send three sixes into the crowd, two off Pat Cummins as the total was boosted with 41 runs taken from the final three overs.
The only worry for the Scorchers was a hamstring injury sustained by Adam Voges, when turning quickly to avert a stumping chance.
Sydney Thunder made a slow start and lost wickets at regular intervals, never a winning cocktail.
David Willey (2-21) showed his skills with the new ball by claiming two early scalps. He bowled Ryan Gibson and two balls later enduced a Kurtis Patterson edge to reduce Thunder to 17 for two after three overs.
Pat Cummins fighting 39, off 26 balls, was easily the Thunder’s top-score. His vigil was ended by a stroke of brilliance from Sam Whiteman behind the stumps. Cummins turned for a second only for Whiteman to chase down the ball and throw down one stump.
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