The Perth Scorchers have had a brilliant spell in the field but one of its biggest stars has left the field after bowling just three balls.
Last updated January 12, 2021 8:49PM AEDT
The Hobart Hurricanes’ score of 5/139 was never going to be enough with the Perth Scorchers dominating from ball one to move up to third position on the ladder.
The Scorchers have now won four straight in Perth and five straight overall and will be hoping to spend the rest of the season at home if this trend continues.
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While D’Arcy Short’s 47-ball 54 was the only thing between the Hurricanes and a complete wipe out, the Scorchers thumped their way to victory on the back of their English openers.
In the last match against the Thunder, Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone were both out early trying to hot balls that weren’t really there to hit with Mark Waugh calling it “disappointing” and “poor cricket” as the pair were both out early.
But they made no mistake against the Hurricanes, piling on the biggest opening stand of the tournament so far.
The 123-run partnership was a stunning turnaround as the pair both hit their first fifties of the tournament.
The partnership came to an end when Livingstone holed out to the deep for 54 off 39 balls, while Jason Roy finished 74 not out off 52 balls.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) January 12, 2021
The Scorchers are unbeatable at home #bbl10
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 12, 2021
Perth Scorchers doing a fair imitation of the West Coast Eaglesâ season in bubbles.
Unstoppable at home – can they win away…
— Matt Somerford (@somerfjord) January 12, 2021
The Scorchers brought up the winning runs with 22 balls remaining with the nine wicket win the biggest win by wickets of the season.
The match ended when Sandeep Lamichhane almost took the second wicket but the ball hit the turf and bounced away, with the Nepalese import unsure where it went.
It was arguably the personification of the match the Hurricanes had just played.
The Hurricanes made it look difficult all day with the batsman unable to get away.
In fact Tim David’s two sixes were the only maximums of the innings as he chimed in with 31 not out off 23 balls.
But it was hard going as Hobart limped to 3/50 off 10 overs and couldn’t increase the scoring rate too much late in the innings.
While it’s been a good run for the Scorchers, the side did lose Mitchell Marsh with a side strain which could prove to be a costly injury.
It didn’t stop Perth from taking Hobart to task and piling on the pain.
If not for D’Arcy Short, the Hobart Hurricanes would be even worse off.
The Hurricanes only manage 5/139 with Short’s 47-ball 54 the only one to really get away.
Early wickets had Hobart 2/9 and 3/50 by the 10th over mark.
While Peter Handscomb’s 13 and Colin Ingram’s 18 helped, Tim David hit 31 not out off 23 balls to aid Short.
Debutant Mitchell Owen also hit 11 off seven balls with two strong fours to open his BBL account.
But the commentators don’t believe 140 is enough.
Mitchell Marsh is already out of this match after he was subbed out in the sixth over.
Bowling his first of the match, Marsh got through just three balls before he left the field.
“That is a huge blow,” Isa Guha said.
“I wonder if he’ll be able to bat, I’m not sure how much pain he’d be in and if he could still swing the bat,” Mike Hussey said.
Andrew Symonds added that “It’s one of those muscles you don’t know you’ve got until you tear it.”
But any thoughts of him batting were quickly answered when Marsh was subbed out of the match for Kurtis Patterson.
Mitch Marsh coming off the ground mid-over looking dejected. Kurtis Patterson coming on and Ashton Turner will finish his over. One of cricket’s good bloke who deserves some luck on the injury front. #BBL10
— Jordan McArdle (@jordan_mc12) January 12, 2021
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After 10 overs, the Hurricanes were just 3/50 with the Scorchers choking Hobart out of the match.
The Hobart Hurricanes has offered a reminder that cricket is a global community with the side pausing before the clash against the Perth Scorchers to remember the life of Kundan Singh, a Nepalese cricketer who passed away in recent days.
Singh was just 25 but was forced to receive dialysis after both his kidneys failed before he contracted and recovered from COVID-19.
But the damage to his kidney was too great and he was unable to afford a kidney transplant according to the ICC.
While he only played domestically in Nepal, Hurricanes star and Nepalese international Sandeep Lamichhane was quick to Tweet his condolences.
Shocked to hear about untimely demise of Kundan Singh. Gone too soon. May his departed soul rest in peace. May God give strength to his family.😞
— Sandeep Lamichhane (@Sandeep25) January 10, 2021
Lamichhane’s teammates gathered together and remembered the young star before the start of play in Perth.
A moment of reflection pre-match, mourning the loss of Nepalese national cricketer, Kundan Singh, who passed away yesterday aged just 25.
Our thoughts are with Kundan’s family and loved ones during this time 🙏 pic.twitter.com/neOxQSWtWa
— Hobart Hurricanes BBL (@HurricanesBBL) January 12, 2021