The Scorchers move up to third place in the standings with a commanding performance at Blundstone Arena.

Since the Hurricanes won in Perth, the Scorchers have gone on an unbeaten streak of three games. The Canes have not fared so well and are struggling in matches.

Having been asked to bat, the Scorchers soon found themselves in trouble when Liam Livingstone and Sam Whitemark went early.

At 2/16, the Scorchers were in a spot of bother, but captain Mitch Marsh led from the front again. With Josh Inglis, the pair added 109 in just over 11 overs to give the Scorchers opportunity for a competitive total.


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Inglis finally fell in the sixteenth over for 73 when trying to slog-sweep Qais Ahmed over the longest boundary. His innings of 46 balls were littered with boundaries; four sixes and four fours as Inglis took the fight to the Canes’ bowlers.

Clive Rose was the most economical with 1-26 as Hobart struggled to contain a confident Perth batting side. At the end of the innings, Scorchers wickets fell regularly, but they also scored boundaries to end on 7/176.

Hobart’s response started badly when both Matthew Wade and David Miller fell in the second over. Wade fell when Richardson’s pace hurried him into a stroke and mistimed the shot straight at deep square leg.

Miller also found Richardson’s pace deceptive and gave his wicket away, when his team needed to consolidate, to end a disappointing over for the home side.

Caleb Jewell and George Bailey set about getting the innings back on track and did so until Jewell’s sweep shot gave Fawad Ahmed a wicket. Ben McDermott, who has not had the best of times in BBL09, was next out.

Mitch Marsh nipped one back, and McDermott was trapped in front. Hobart had slipped to 4/47. Although Perth was putting the ball in the right areas, the Hurricanes were not helping themselves.

Hobart had already shown signs of their propensity to self-inflict harm. It paled into insignificance as they lost their last six wickets for 17 runs. Chris Jordan started the collapse with an excellent Yorker to remove Simon Milenko.

George Bailey did his best to keep his end up while wickets fell at the other end. Clive Rose, Tom Rogers and Nathan Ellis all fell as the Scorchers rampaged towards victory.

Liam Livingstone finally broke Bailey’s resistance.  Trying to hit the bowler over the longest part of the ground, all Bailey could manage was to pick out the safe hands of Jordan.

Livingstone mopped up the final wicket, Qais Ahmad, to bowl the Hurricanes out for a demoralising 98.

The Hurricanes will be worried about their current form. Having won once in the last six matches, they are starting to lose touch of the finals placings.

With five games remaining, the Hurricanes can’t afford to lose too many more games if they have aspirations of the finals.

For the Scorchers, they have back-to-back games against the Melbourne Stars. Much will be learned about both team’s ability to win the title from the games at Optus Stadium and the MCG.


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