It’s been a quirky and incredible play in the Big Bash League with teams performing at their best. In the recent play, fast-paced the fifties from Ashton Turner and Cameron Bancroft drove Perth Scorchers to the top in the rankings with most points. In the match against Hobart Hurricanes, defending the total of 167, Scorchers scored the win with four balls to spare.
The loss didn’t affect the ranking of the Hurricanes who still maintain the third position on the chart, however now to strengthen their chances to advance into the semi-finals, they have to lock horns with Melbourne Stars.
Hurricanes had a great opening with Matthew Wade hitting four fours and a six in the over of pacer Joel Paris. But it was not unwell for Paris as he was able to hit back in his fifth over by taking Wade’s wicket. Opening partner D’Arcy Short, on the other hand, was not able to impress with his play and during the powerplay was able to score only 11 runs. This led Scorchers to have a grip on the further proceedings. Till 11th over, Hurricanes lost Daniel Christian and Ben McDermott too, without any significant contribution on their part. However, the team saw a revival in the second half when captain George Bailey teamed with Simon Milenko to accurate 70 runs of just 39 balls. The partnership saw an incredible powerplay from Milenko who flew sixes while Bailey took hold of the other end. Due to the unbreakable partnership, Hurricanes finished 60 runs in the last 5 overs. Milenko was unbeaten at the end of the game with 66 off just 37 balls.
For Scorchers, the game was somewhat the same and the team found itself struggling by the 11th over when there was only one of their 4 top batsmen was on the crease. However, Turner did a Milenko for Scorchers and start hitting bowlers right away. In the 12th over Cameron Boyce was not able to hold Turner, and leaked 17 runs in his over. His partnership with Bancroft was broken when Tymal Mills sent, Bancroft back to the pavilion.
Turner continued his powerplay and hit medium-pacer Christian in the coming over and hit a four and a six in the last two balls of the over giving Scorcher’s a winning edge. With only five runs to the win, Turner finished the game by the second ball of the over.