BIG BASH LEAGUE, 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
Bancroft hit a half century © Getty
Perth Scorchers put a halt to their losing streak after polishing off Melbourne Stars with relative ease at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday (January 9). Having won just one game and losing five so far this season before today’s encounter, Scorchers needed a win badly to ensure they don’t fall way behind the rest of the pack. The bowlers initially did a pretty good job in the first half of the game before their batsmen completed the chase with 14 balls to spare.
Scorchers didn’t make the greatest of starts when they opted to bowl first. Stars openers Evan Gulbis and Ben Dunk added 65 for the opening wicket to give the home side an ideal platform. Even though they lost two quick wickets after the strong opening partnership, Dunk collaborated with Seb Gotch to put the innings back on track. Dunk scored a measured half-century, striking six fours and a six but his dismissal with four overs left in the innings triggered a collapse.
The last 26 balls of the innings produced just 25 runs with Scorchers picking up four wickets in the process out of which three were bagged by Andrew Tye, who finished with a four-wicket haul. In response, the Scorchers also made a strong start with the bat with Cameron Bancroft finally delivering after a poor start post his comeback. Bancroft and Michael Klinger added 75 for the first wicket before the veteran was dismissed by Liam Plunkett.
Bancroft, who had made only 45 runs in his first three games, scored a half-century, before getting stumped for 59. Post his dismissal, skipper Ashton Turner hammered the Stars’ bowling attack with a quickfire unbeaten 43. Even though Dwayne Bravo bowled two excellent deliveries back-to-back to get rid of Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwright, the chase was done and dusted by then. While Scorchers remain at the bottom despite the win, Stars also remain in the third spot ahead of three other teams on net run rate.
Brief scores: Melbourne Stars 146/6 in 20 overs (Ben Dunk 62, Evan Gulbis 37; Andrew Tye 4-18) lost to Perth Scorchers 147/4 in 17.4 overs (Cameron Bancroft 59, Ashton Turner 43*; Dwayne Bravo 2-18) by six wickets.