Third time lucky for the Scorchers last night winning BBL final .
Hobart Hurricanes grabbed an early wicket when Simon Katich was caught out at cover point by Ben Dunk, but that simply brought in big hitter Craig Simmons.
Simmons picked up where he left off in Sydney, belting consecutive boundaries in the fifth over. He tested his luck early though, nearly caught in the outfield in the fifth, and seventh overs.
After smacking a few big boundaries, Simmons luck ran out and he was caught for 45 by Dimitri Mascarenhas. Adam Voges then skyed a Hilfenhaus ball that sailed to Mascarenhas for his second catch of the game. Mitch Marsh enjoyed three overs of dominance, smashing his way to 35 and being dropped on the boundary en route. His innings, including four sixes and two fours, ended when he was bowled by Xavier Doherty.
It was a powerful innings; the Scorchers batsmen got their side to 4/191 at the break.
Tim Payne was clean bowled by Jason Behrendorff when swinging for a big score, bringing Johnathan Wells to the crease. Despite a shaky start with a mistimed shot, he gathered his composure to score freely in his first two overs.
Behrendorff picked up his second wicket with the scalp of Ben Dunk for 17 runs. Then Brad Hogg tempted George Bailey to play a rash shot, but the potential catch was dropped by Mitch Marsh. Hogg continued tempting batsmen into loose shots but Bailey made the most of his second chance, pulling a six off Patrick Cummins.
Hogg’s scintillating bowling led Johnathan Wells down the pitch for a stumping and the required run rate blew out for the Hurricanes, who then needed 12.78 runs per over.
No sooner did Bailey start to pull back the deficit by putting some balls over the fence than Hogg struck back, claiming another wicket in Travis Birt for two runs. The Hurricanes lost their fifth wicket when Bailey swung big, but not big enough, to be caught by Alfonso Thomas for 58.
It was Perth’s night as the Scorchers continued to collect wickets and kept Hobart 40 runs away from a win. – Lyndon Hall
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