BBL Challenger SCO Vs HEA Highlights: Scorchers seal final berth; Marsh, Livingstone shines as Perth Scorchers beat Brisbane Heat by 49 runs (D/L)- A stunning assault from Liam Livingstone and a superb spell from Jason Behrendorff helped Perth Scorchers reach their sixth BBL final with a comfortable win over Brisbane Heat in a rain-affected Challenger at Manuka Oval.
Livingstone shook off a relatively lean tournament with some trademark ball-striking in his 77 from just 39 balls, including six mammoth sixes. He revealed that he had spent the morning watching some footage of his best performances for the Scorchers last season in search of some confidence.
The Scorchers suffered a blow pre-game with Jason Roy ruled with an ankle injury he suffered playing a warm-up game at training in the days leading up to the Challenger. But Livingstone shared a century opening stand with Cameron Bancroft, who also made an unbeaten half-century coming in for just his seventh game of the tournament. Mitchell Marsh also smashed 49 not out from 28 balls before rain ended the Scorchers innings at 1 for 189 with 11 balls remaining.
The Heat were set a revised target of 200 from 18 overs and got off to a rollicking start before Behrendorff removed both Joe Denly and Chris Lynn off the last two balls of the Powerplay. The Scorchers then produced a trademark squeeze to end the Heat’s season. Each of the bowlers, bar Jhye Richardson, picked up multiple wickets. Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed and Andrew Tye finished with two apiece while Aaron Hardie took a career-best bag of 3 for 46. It could have been four or five with the Scorchers’ only blemish a pair of dropped catches.
The Scorchers progress to face Sydney Sixers in the final at the SCG on Saturday night, with a chance to claim their fourth BBL title.
Brief scores: Perth Scorchers 1-189 off 18.1 overs (Livingstone 77, Bancroft 58*, Marsh 49*) defeated Brisbane Heat 9-150 off 18 ovs (Burns 38, Hardie 3-46) by 49 runs on the DLS system.
150/9 (18 ov)
|Chris Lynn (C)||b JP Behrendorff||22||17||3||1||129.41|
|Joe Denly||c MR Marsh b JP Behrendorff||14||7||1||1||200.00|
|Marnus Labuschagne||b Fawad Ahmed||15||14||2||0||107.14|
|Sam Heazlett||c JP Behrendorff b AM Hardie||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Jimmy Peirson (WK)||c C Munro b AM Hardie||15||13||1||0||115.38|
|Joe Burns||c AM Hardie b AJ Tye||38||24||3||1||158.33|
|Lewis Gregory||lbw b Fawad Ahmed||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Xavier Bartlett||c CT Bancroft b AM Hardie||19||11||1||1||172.73|
|Mitchell Swepson||Not out||11||7||2||0||157.14|
|Morne Morkel||c JP Inglis b AJ Tye||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Ben Laughlin||Not out||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Extra||7 (b 0, w 7, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||Mark Steketee, Jack Wildermuth|
|Cameron Bancroft||Not out||58||42||6||0||138.10|
|Liam Livingstone||c Marnus Labuschagne b Mitchell Swepson||77||39||5||6||197.44|
|Mitchell Marsh||Not out||49||28||5||2||175.00|
|Extra||5 (b 0, w 5, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||AJ Turner, JP Inglis, C Munro, AM Hardie, JA Richardson, AJ Tye, Fawad Ahmed, JP Behrendorff, Kurtis Patterson, JS Paris|
|Fall Of Wickets||FOW||Over|