The match in a tweet: The Scorchers lose 9-47 in an epic collapse to win the monstrous victory of Stars, ladder leader, at Perth Stadium # BBL09
Marker: Perth Scorchers 10-86 (English 37; Coleman 3-16, Lamichhane 2-7) suffer a loss of eight wicket against Melbourne Stars (Stoinis 39; Marsh 1-15, Ahmed 1-25) with 48 balls left over.
The hero: Retired from his first game of BBL09, Jackson Coleman was chosen as the sixth and final choice of bowling of the Stars and began his night with a wide. Coleman soon changed his fortune, catching the huge gate of the Scorchers captain, Mitch Marsh, with his third (legal) ball. The left point guard eliminated Tim David with the first ball of his second round and continued his golden career when he knocked down debutant Jaron Morgan with a perfect yorker. Coleman finished his night with 3-16 of three overs (including four widths), but the most important thing was that he began the great collapse that turned the game largely in favor of the Stars.
The supporting cast: It’s not common to see a double-ported maiden in Twenty20 cricket, but that’s exactly what Sandeep Lamichhane produced to conclude the Scorchers’ tickets faster than their tail creators might believe. The Nepalese spinner put pressure on the English importer Chris Jordan with some points before forcing him out for a long time. His next ball was a pearl, with Jhye Richardson failing to choose evil, and his stumps shook as a result. Lamichhane could not convert the hat-trick, but finishing with 2-7 in three overs is something worth smiling for.
The Consolation Law: After an exhibition of game player, Josh Inglis continued his strong BBL campaign with a quick shot of 37 with only 19 balls. The entertaining coup included four four and two six, but it would end up representing almost 50 percent of the total home team. When Inglis fell to Star Captain Glenn Maxwell, the Scorchers fell to 3-48 and never recovered, losing their next seven wickets for 38 races. The collapse caused the wicketkeeper to hit a bright light on an otherwise disappointing screen.
The great moment: The last time the Scorchers were at Perth Stadium, their captain Mitch Marsh offered an unbeaten master class of 93 races. Tonight, he gave Dan Worrall a bit of aerial capture practice, when he cut Coleman back one point to leave for only seven races. The precious wicket reduced the Scorchers to 4-58, with David and Morgan to come. It was a significant turning point that finally saw the Scorchers’ youth collapse under extreme pressure before the team could reach triple figures.
The Big Over: Although David and Morgan are very inexperienced activists, their layoffs at the same time were a great loss for the Scorchers. The double blow saw Perth fall from an already ugly 4-64 position to an unrecoverable 6-68. Coleman’s double strike showed the difference between throwing the home team for less than 100 and Perth has some total to play.
The jokes Call it ‘Hulk’, the ‘current wearer of the golden cap’ or ‘the great Stoin’: everyone knows who he is and what he can do. Marcus Stoinis is like no other when it starts, and its celebrations are even bigger than its exhibits in the field. West Aussie is no stranger to Perth Stadium, as he played state cricket on the spot several times. When he caught a bright and long capture to combine with his WA teammate Nathan Coulter-Nile for the first wicket, he turned directly to the crowd to inform them about it. ‘The Stoin’ was pumped, with impressive capture breaking the largest Scorchers association.
The statistic: The Scorchers went from 1-39 in the fourth round, to 6-68 in one of the fastest batting collapses we’ve seen this season. Thirty-six balls of pure carnage saw the home team lose 5-29 before the tickets were halfway through. Save a thought for the debutant who was ready to hit at seven, reaching the fold in the tenth time with his side in serious trouble.
The other statistic: During the Stoinis innings, he scored 500 BBL races this season, and he still has four games left, in addition to the finals. A simply remarkable effort, with much more to come before the end of BBL09.
The next stop: A new game After being stranded in Melbourne yesterday due to a canceled fight, the Scorchers jump again on another flight to return to Melbourne. Also the men in green, with these sides ready for another meeting in the backyard of the Stars on Saturday. The 3:40 pm (EDST) clash at the MCG will be the first of a double header, with the Sydney derby taking place later.
Scorchers XI: Liam Livingstone, Joshua Inglis (week), Cameron Bancroft, Mitch Marsh (c), Cameron Green, Tim David, Jaron Morgan, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
XI Stars: Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell (c), Sebastian Gotch (week), Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Daniel Worrall, Jackson Coleman, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane