BBL: Hardie 90* helps Scorchers cruise past Hurricanes

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BBL Hardie 90 helps Scorchers cruise past Hurricanes (2)

Perth Scorchers made it two wins from two in their BBL campaign, with a seven-wicket victory over Brisbane Heat at Perth. Incoming player James Faulkner blitzed his way to a destructive fifty but the spotlight was stolen by fast bowler Michael Neser who returned figures of 3-18 from his four overs.

The Heat were bowled out for just 106 from 18.4 overs as Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner both chipped in with two wickets apiece

Perth Scorchers made it two wins from two in their BBL campaign, with a seven-wicket victory over Brisbane Heat at Perth.

Perth Scorchers made it two wins from two in their BBL campaign, with a seven-wicket victory over Brisbane Heat at Perth.

The Scorchers were looking to win successive games for the first time this season and they came out on top thanks to some disciplined bowling and patient batting from their top order.

The home side scored 153/7 in 20 overs before restricting Brisbane to 149/6 in their 20 overs.

Perth’s fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up four wickets – three of them maiden – while KL Rahul (two) led an unbeaten 64 run partnership with Travis Head (54) Big Bash League,.

Incoming player James Faulkner blitzed his way to a destructive fifty but the spotlight was stolen by fast bowler Michael Neser who returned figures of 3-18 from his four overs.

The Scorchers have been dealt a blow with the news that wicketkeeper-batsman James Faulkner will miss the remainder of BBL|05 after suffering a shoulder injury in his side’s loss to Hobart Hurricanes.

The 28-year-old has been ruled out for at least five weeks, meaning he will miss at least two matches during the tournament and possibly more depending on how quickly he recovers.

The Heat were bowled out for just 106 from 18.4 overs as Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner both chipped in with two wickets apiece.

The Heat were bowled out for just 106 from 18.4 overs as Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner both chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Stoinis returned with an unbeaten 24 off 21 balls, while Turner took a career-best 3-24 in his first match at the top of the order since last year’s Big Bash final win over Sydney Thunder.

The Hurricanes will now host Hobart Hurricanes in their bid to move into second spot on the points table behind Perth Scorchers on Sunday after they won by six wickets at Bellerive Oval earlier today (Friday).

The Scorchers scored at 8.4 runs per over on their way to 107 for five wickets after 20 overs, thanks largely to Faulkner (46no) and D’Arcy Short (40no).

The Scorchers scored at 8.4 runs per over on their way to 107 for five wickets after 20 overs, thanks largely to Faulkner (46no) and D’Arcy Short (40no).

They managed to put up the highest opening stand in BBL history when they hit a 66-run partnership between Joe Burns and Shaun Marsh that included eight fours and two sixes in their 26-run second wicket stand.

It’s all looking good for the Scorchers so far this season

The Scorchers are in a good position to make the finals, but they’ll need to be on their game against Hobart Hurricanes.

The Scorchers have a very good batting line up with Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Andrew Tye all hitting well above their average this season. They also have an experienced bowling attack that includes Mitchell Johnson and Adam Voges who had their best BBL campaign last year when they both took 10 wickets each at an average of 18 runs per wicket. Captain Jhye Richardson leads by example with his captaincy skills proving decisive time after time for WA including helping them win back-to-back titles in 2017/18 & 2018/19 respectively

Conclusion

The Scorchers are sitting on a comfortable 2-0 win over the Heat and keep up the good work against the Hurricanes. It will all come down to how they perform in their next fixture at home against Sydney Sixers, who have just lost by one wicket away from home.

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