Arjun Bhalla ∙ Jan 13 2023, 10:41 AM

BBL|12: Tye, Bancroft ease things at Showground against Sydney Thunder

image-lcue3z70Cameron Bancroft made the chase easy with his 10th BBL Fifty 

Chasing 112 runs in a T20 game is never a hard job, and it becomes even more easier when Perth Scorchers are in commanding seat. 

It was another day at the office for the Scorchers where they told the opposition that it's their world and other teams are merely living in it. Even a force named David Warner couldn't haunt them as they now bagged their third straight win. 

Bancroft sail Scorchers in the chase

In the second half of the play, Cameron Bancroft and Stephen Eskinazi just took off against the Thunder bowling. The openers gave them a brisk start and laid runs on the foundation. Bancroft and Eskinazi looked comfortable against both seam and spin in the opening stand of 77 runs, which came inside nine overs. 

However, against the run of play, Eskinazi (40) lost his wicket to Nathan McAndrew while trying an innovative scoop over the keeper. But, after his wicket Bancroft just took off and smashed his 10th BBL fifty. 

The Australia Test opener was well supported by Aaron Hardie (11) in the fagend of the chase, before the Scorchers finished off things with 43 deliveries still in hand.

Tye tied things as Davies' wonder wasted

The Thunder had one of the most disastrous starts when David Payne removed Matthew Gilkes on the second ball. Things didn’t pan out any better as Sam Whiteman the opener in the next over, with the scoreboard reading 3/2. 

Then came in Oliver Davies as a blessing for the Thunder, as he joined with the Bull and took Sydney's command in the middle. Davies showed some exciting strokeplay from the word go. He took his chances against both seamers and spinners - and that paid off. He quickly registered a fifty in 30 deliveries - his third in the BBL. 

However, the youngster kept on losing partners from the other hand. He too saw a suicidal run-out at the non-striker’s end, but survived that by inches. Although, Davies perished soon after notching his fifty, which turned out to be a curse in the Thunder innings.

The chief man with the ball was Andrew Tye, who picked up 3 wickets for 27 in his four. Interestingly, all his three wickets in the death overs.

Brief Score:

Sydney Thunder - 111/10 (18.6)
Oliver Davies - 52 (36), Nathan McAndrew 21 (17)
Andrew Tye - 3/27 (4), Matthew Kelly - 2/11 (3)

Perth Scorchers - 112/1 (12.5)
Cameron Bancroft - 55* (40), Stephen Eskinazi 40 (24)
Nathan McAndrew - 1/17 (3)

Result: Perth Scorchers won by 9 wickets.

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