Callum Ferguson has once again starred to get his team over the line against Perth Scorchers. After winning the toss and sending the opposition to bat first, the team had a good start by halting the Scorchers innings by good earl wickets. That means they could not score much higher and end up giving target of just 153 runs. Thunder, in the end managed to chase the score easily in the final over with the loss of only three wickets.
The 12th match of BBL10 was scheduled between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder at the Manuka Oval, Canberra. After an early jolt in the innings, Scorchers did manage to score above 150 courtesy some good batting from Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, and Cameron Bancroft. But the score of 152 was never going to trouble Thunder. They won the game with seven wickets in hand and registered their second win of the season.
Perth Scorchers innings – Marsh 52 but bowlers dominated
Josh Inglis and Colin Munro came out to bat. Adam Milne had the new ball. And it’s a routine first over leaking only three runs. The next over, we had dropped catch by the captain Callum Ferguson. Munro had pushed straight to extra-cover of Daniel Sams which Ferguson spilled. Munro has the lifeline.
Milne in the meantime was bowling economical. He conceded just eight runs of his first two overs thus creating pressure on the batting side because they had only scored 22 runs of the first four overs.
The pressure of slow run-rate finally had a wicket for Thunder. Inglis was out in the next over and was taken at deep square-leg. The last ball of the fifth over, oh we have direct hit and Joe Clarke is gone. Scorchers, 24-2. Struggling with wickets as well as low score.
After two wickets in the over, we have a good sixth over yielding 12 runs. But Munro on which the team’s hopes were relying, gone in the next over. A teamwork effort from Usman Khawaja and Adam Milne was enough to send Munro back to the dressing room. Score, 38-3 after 7 overs.
Then, runs dried. Only 18 runs were scored in the next three overs. Scorchers took the Power Surge immediately in the 11th over and Turner turned things on with two boundaries and one six. But Daniel Sams had the final laugh. A brilliant catch from Nathan McAndrew had ended a starting-innings from Turner.
Then somehow Mitchell Marsh and Cameron Bancroft managed to take the score to 152 in the 20 overs. Marsh remained not out on 52 runs off 41 balls.
Four bowlers picked up one wicket each. Adam Milne, though wicket less but conceded just 17 runs in his four overs.
Sydney Thunder innings – Callum Ferguson took the team home
Though not a big chase but still work to be done to get those 153 runs. Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales came out to bat. Jason Behrendorff had the ball and Behrendorff strikes. He picked up Alex Hales on his first ball and locking the score to 6-1.
Captain Callum Ferguson, the next man of Thunder. And he remained not out to bring team home with a seven-wicket win. Khawaja, Oliver Davies, and Ben Cutting playing supportive roles around Ferguson. He remained not out on 61 runs off 53 balls that included seven fours and one six.
Ferguson went on to score his second fifty of the tournament.
The chase was done in the final over with three balls to spare.
Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Hardie, and Fawad Ahmed picked up one wicket each.
Callum Ferguson was the man of the match of the night for his 61 runs.
Man of the Match: Callum Ferguson
Result: Sydney Thunder won by 7 wickets
Points: Sydney Thunder 4, Perth Scorchers 0