Scorchers cruise to another thumping win


A superb bowling performance enabled Perth Scorchers to make it three wins from four in the Big Bash League with a nine-wicket thrashing of Sydney Sixers at the WACA on Saturday.

The hosts' five bowlers all proved economical - not one going for more than six an over as the Sixers laboured to 112-9, with top-scorer Michael Lumb (47) one of only three batsmen to reach double figures.

Shaun Marsh and the in-form Michael Klinger (28) quickly dashed any hopes of a fightback, sharing 65 for the first wicket in 9.2 overs.

And Australia international Marsh was still there at the end, unbeaten on 63 from 54 deliveries, as the Scorchers cruised home with 33 balls to spare.

David Willey (3-22) claimed the first two wickets for Perth, bowling Ed Cowan (6) and having Nic Maddison (1) caught at cover either side of Andrew Tye dropping the simplest of chances at mid-off to reprieve Lumb on 25.

Tye redeemed himself by ousting Ryan Carters (27) and Ben Dwarshuis (13) on his way to figures of 2-21, while Jason Behrendorff (2-24), Joel Paris (1-23) and veteran spinner Brad Hogg (0-20) also kept things tight.

Faced with a modest target, Marsh and Klinger made light work of their task.

Sean Abbott had Klinger caught at fine-leg - the batsman's first dismissal in three Twenty20 innings - to deny the Scorchers a second successive 10-wicket win.

However, the game was essentially over as a contest by that point and Marsh continued to prosper, finishing with eight fours and three sixes to his name.