January 28, 2015
After losing a few wickets in a slow start the Sixers looked to be struggling on an indifferent pitch in the capital. Michael Lumb (3) & Riki Wessels (2) didn’t reach double figures.
This brought to the crease Nick Maddison & Moises Henriques the Sixers captain to the crease. Maddison got a quick 19 before he departed after being bowled by Yasir Arafat. Jordan Silk the new batter was next to go and he was undone by the wily old dog in Bradd Hogg for just 3.
Ryan Carters joined Henriques with the score stuttering along on 4/49. These two went about the rescue job putting on 98 in the highest partnership of the match. This powered their side up to 147 in their 20 overs. A real skippers knock as Henriques putting 77 to his name off just 57 balls.
Scorchers opened up with Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh who put on 70 until Klinger was out for 33. It wasn’t easy going for Perth. They started falling behind the rate but with wickets in the shed and a long list of batters you always fancied them to pull it off.
Voges got a quick fire 20 off 13 balls to increase the Scorchers chances. Carberry joined Marsh in the middle and they went about finding boundaries until Marsh was caught in the deep off Nathan Lyon in a game changing over at the depth. He got rid of Turner for a first ball duck. This left the score on 132-4 and the game in the balance.
It was down to Carberry & Nathan Coulter-Nile to score 15 off 9 balls. They kept it relatively close until his last ball went out off the park from Coulter-Nile. The Scorchers needed 8 off the last over Brett Lee would bowl in cricket. The stage was set for something special and boy did we get it.
Binga charged in and his first delivery was a full toss which was scooped by Carberry for four over short fine leg. He followed that with a couple runs until it was left at 1 to win off 3 balls.
Lee charged in bowled a trademark in-swinging yorker which brought about another trademark chainsaw for his wicket celebration. He wasn’t done there either as he got rid of Whiteman the very next ball, once again bowled.
Scorchers required 1 off 1 ball and Lee was on a hat-trick in his final ball in cricket. He delivered once again a perfect yorker which the batter jammed out to set up a run out opportunity at the non-strikers. The ball was picked up and thrown over the top only for Henriques to fumble the ball and the Scorchers were home and dry. What a finish!!!
Congralutions to the Perth Scorchers on winning back to back BBL tournaments! It was a fitting final and a dramatic last ball finish. They will be celebrating tonight and Marsh will be toast of the tournament.
Man of the match: Shaun Marsh
Young player of the tournament: Jason Behrendorff
Player of the series: Jacques