Perth Scorchers are the BBL champions for the fifth time! Phew! Ecstasy for Perth Scorchers and their fans; despair for Brisbane Heat.
Perth Scorchers are the BBL 12 champions.
175 runs in a final after choosing to bat first, Brisbane Heat will be fairly happy with that.
The innings started with some streaky boundaries by Josh Brown, before he holed out to mid-on.
Heazlett and McSweeney built together a fine partnership, but their scoring rate wasn’t great. It needed an intervention by Hardie in the 13th over to break the partnership, and after that the game saw a nice see-saw battle.
Sam Hain and Max Bryant got nice little cameos, but Perth always responded with timely wickets, as Matt Kelly and Behrendorff ended with two wickets apiece. In the end, 175 is a good score and has the makes of a thrilling final.
Chasing a big score, the hots were in a spot of bother losing three wickets inside eight overs. That’s when the experienced duo of Turner and Inglis joined hands. They not only steadied the ship but also kept the asking rate under check.
Xavier Bartlett broke the 80-run partnership by removing Inglis. Turner soon followed him as he was run-out. The equation was ’38 needed off 3 overs’ and the defending champions had their backs against the wall.
Cooper Connolly, the 19-year-old left-hander, arrived and smoked 18 runs in an over off Bazley by smashing two sixes and a four.
The pressure was back on the Heat but Spencer Johnson bowled a decent penultimate over. He would have removed Connolly if not for the dropped catch. Neser was summoned to bowl the final over with 10 runs needed but he bowled two full tosses and Nick Hobson – who was invloved in the mix-up with Turner – took full toll of those freebies.
Phew! Ecstasy for Perth Scorchers and their fans; despair for Brisbane Heat. We couldn’t have asked for a better game.
A packed stadium and we were treated to a humdinger of a contest where the pendulum oscillated to and fro.
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