In the latest BBL match between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars, the former won by 13 runs. Scorchers scored 142 for 6 wickets while Stars could chase the target only to 129 for 8 wickets. The highest run in the winning team was off Hilton Cartwright. The batsman scored 58 runs as the highest run getter, while Voges and Aston Agar added 35 and 33 runs respectively. In the chase, James Faulkner scored 35 runs as the highest tally. In bowling figures, the player had two wickets in the previous inning. Scorchers’ attacker Andrew Tye had a five-wicket haul, turning the match on their side.
Scorchers, particularly, had a tight attack with the ball. There were 53 dot balls in the inning that made Melbourne bowlers to harvest in drought. The first wicket to fall was Ben Dunk at the first ball of the third over. In the fifth over, Peter Handscomb and Luke Wright both toppled, followed by Glenn Maxwell in the next over. Tye struck early taking the two wickets in the over, starting the slog. In the 10th over, he struck again taking down Mark Stoinis. Tye also wrapped up the inning removing Hastings and Adam Zampa. Faulkner remained unbeaten throughout the inning. Mitchell Johnson and Jhye Richardson finished with a single wicket each.
Attacked by Melbourne bowlers, Perth Scorchers wobbled to 3 for 10 runs in the fourth over. Openers William Bosisto and Michael Klinger were removed cheaply by the third over. Aston Turner ducked in the fourth over being struck by Faulkner. After the early slump, Hilton Cartwright and Adam Voges put up 83 runs to steer the inning. Cartwright played dot balls as well. He could not score in the early overs. However, the batsman plundered 4 boundaries and 2 sixes in the stretch.
Scorchers won the match in the last 10 overs of the inning, when their bowlers squeezed the flow of runs taking down wickets one after another. In the last over, Melbourne required 17 runs to win. On defense was Tye, giving out only 4, hauling the team to the victory mark.
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