Marsh stars return to Scorchers success | Camden Haven Courier

New BBL minor premierships Perth Scorchers moved ten points clear at the top of the table after the return of Mitch Marsh blew another half-century in their six-wicket win over Brisbane Heat.

Perth, who were confirmed as minor premierships earlier on Monday after second-placed Sydney Sixers lost to the Adelaide Strikers, hit their target of 156 with eight balls to spare.

Brisbane’s Max Bryant broke a career-high BBL 81 to give the struggling Heat some hope, but their 7-155 score at Marvel Stadium never seemed enough.

Kurtis Patterson (26 of 20) started well for the Scorchers, hitting two sixes over the cover and one over the leg before being trapped lbw by Mitchell Swepson (2-19) knocking down the sweep.

Marsh, who returned to home service after spending time with the Australian Test team, then took over, winning 59 from 34 with six fours and three sixes.

He settled the contest by crushing 35 of the two surges, finishing this section with four successive limits.

Marsh added 84 from 57 for the third wicket with Colin Munro (24 from 28) before placing the ball on his helmet with the ball looping towards wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson.

Marsh, who has missed the Scorchers’ previous six games, has scored 314 BBL runs this season with an average of 78.5 and a strike rate of 148.

“I just gave myself a few balls to get back into it and the game situation probably allowed me to do that tonight,” said Marsh, whose last BBL game was on Dec. 28.

“I still think on that wicket you should give yourself a few balls to get in, scoring gets easier the longer you bat.”

Captain Ashton Turner (18 out of 14) and Aaron Hardie finished the chase, the latter smashing out a six from his only ball to end the game, with eight deliveries to spare.

Perth finished the regular season with 11 wins despite having to play much of their season away from home.

Bryant’s 56-ball innings were more than half of Brisbane’s tally, with the hard-hitting right-hander smashing seven fours and four sixes, beating his previous best T20 tally by ten runs.

Brisbane, after four straight defeats, got off to a good start by smashing 39 of four overs on the power play.

Perth fought back in the middle of the overs, with spinners Peter Hatzoglou (2-17) and Ashton Agar (1-26), and pacemaker Jason Behrendorff (2-25) catching run rate.

Brisbane gave their innings a much-needed boost by breaking 30 of their two surges.

They then lost 3-12 with captain Peirson (31 out of 19) the only other Brisbane batter to shoot apart from Bryant, finishing with a six on the final ball.

Brisbane took the point boost to clear a point from bottom-runners Melbourne Renegades ahead of their final game against the Sixers on Wednesday.

Australian Associated Press

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