BBL 2021-22: Mitchell Marsh's masterclass hands Perth Scorchers comfortable win

Somya Kapoor

| Jan 17, 1:28 PM

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Perth Scorchers rode on another Mitchell Marsh’s masterclass with the bat to clinch an easy win by 6 wickets against Brisbane Heat in Melbourne on Monday. Chasing 156 in 20 overs, the Scorchers were off to a decent start with openers Kurtis Patterson and Josh Inglis putting up 45 for the first wicket. 

But the Perth team then lost a couple of wickets in quick succession after both the openers were sent back in the hut and the side was reduced to 48/2 in the seventh over. 

Marsh along with Colin Munro then took the onus and provided the much-needed resistance with a partnership of 84 runs for the third wicket. The stand was eventually broken after Swepson removed Marsh for a 34-ball 59 while Munro was also sent back in the hut soon for 24 off 28.

But that didn’t really cause much of a problem as Ashton Turner and Aaron Hardie anchored the side over the line without losing any further wickets. Swepson was the pick of the bowlers after he returned with figures of 2/19 in 4 overs. 

Earlier, in the day, Brisbane also had a decent start to the proceedings as Max Bryant and Chris Lynn scored 44 runs for the first wicket. Bryant did the bulk of the scoring during the partnership but Lynn’s departure for 7 off 11 was followed by a fall of some more wickets  and Brisbane were reduced to 94/4. 

Bryant was eventually sent back in the hut for a 56-ball 81 which included four maximums and seven fours during the course. 

Brisbane were in a spot of bother after Bryant was dismissed but Peirson’s cameo of an unbeaten 31 that came in 19 deliveries helped them put 155/7 in 20 overs on the board. 

"Nice to be back playing some cricket, thoroughly enjoyed that one. Really proud of the group and I thought it was nice time (power surge) to get some momentum and nice to get a few away. Wherever (on playing the finals) we play it's gonna be great fun,” Marsh said after the match.  

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