Perth Scorchers sit six points clear at the top of the BBL table, thanks to their slim win over direct rivals Sydney Sixers in their last game.
The 10-run win becomes even more impressive as it came after they were wobbling at 69 for 5 batting first. Aaron Hardie (45) and Ashton Agar’s (29) late heroics got the team to a half-decent 143 for 8 on a bowler-friendly Carrara Oval deck.
Then, their pace trio of Lance Morris, Tymal Mills, and Andrew Tye ripped through the Sixers batting unit. The one-man they could not uproot early was Dan Christian (73), who nearly won the game by himself.
If it wasn’t for Tye’s dismissal of Christian in the penultimate over, Perth would likely have lost.
This would likely be Mills’ final game for Perth in this stint as he has to link up with his national team. Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis are already with the Australia side. Meanwhile, batter Nick Hobson and pacer are sidelined due to Covid protocol, which means that Perth are currently quite light.
Sydney Thunder have quietly put together a sequence of three straight victories and are arguably the biggest challengers to the Sixers-Scorchers duopoly in the league right now.
They were missing several players in the last game and would still be missing them here but despite that, they managed to comfortably beat Adelaide Strikers in their last game.
The architects of their win were opener Matthew Gilkes (93 off 57) and newly recruited Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain, whose three-wicket maiden in his very first over wrecked Adelaide’s top order and they never truly recovered.
Virus-hit Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Tanveer Sangha, and Sam Whiteman are again out sidelined. Also missing will be England’s Sam Billings and Saqib Mehmood, both of whom have returned home.