Perth Scorchers faced Brisbane Heat on Monday at Melbourne. Brisbane Heat won the toss and decided to bat first. Max Bryant and Chris Lynn started the innings for Brisbane.
Mitchell Marsh began his comeback with the crucial wicket of Chris Lynn. Lynn looked uncomfortable today in the middle and was just able to score 7 runs off 11 balls.
Max Bryant put on a one-match show scoring 81 runs in 56 runs, striking seven fours and four sixes, with a strike rate of 144.64. Max didn’t get any support from the other end, with Jimmy Peirson (31*) and Seam Heazlett (10) being the only two batsmen reaching the double-digit mark. Captain Jimmy Peirson helped the team get to 155/7 with his 31* innings of 19 balls, smashing 1 four and two sixes.
For Scorchers, Peter Hatzoglou bowled a fantastic spell of 17/2 in four overs with an economy of 4.25. Jason Behrendorff and Ashton Agar also bowled superb spells of 25/2 and 26/1 with an economy of 6.25 and 6.5, respectively. Other bowlers to take wickets for Scorchers were Mitchell Marsh (1 wicket) and Andrew Tye (1 wicket). Andrew Tye was a bit expensive today, giving away 37 runs in 3 overs.
In the second innings, Kurtis Patterson (26) and Josh Inglis (18) provided a good start to Scorchers with a partnership of 45 runs in 5 overs. Kurtis smashed three sixes in his innings of 26. Mitchell Marsh came in at one and played an innings of 59 off 34 balls, hitting six fours and three sixes at a strike rate of 173.53, declaring his comeback.
Perth Scorchers chased the target comfortably in 18.4 overs. Mitchell Marsh was rewarded the man of the match award for his brilliant 59 runs innings.