Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars: Big Bash League semi-final live scores

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    Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars

    WACA GROUND, JANUARY 16, 2013

    2nd Semi Final - PRS v MLS

     
    Melbourne Stars 1st Inn 2/183
    Perth Scorchers 1st Inn 2/142
    Perth Scorchers won the toss and elected to bowl
    Perth Scorchers won by 8 wickets (D/L method)
    Perth Scorchers Over:13.0  RR:10.92
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    MEK Hussey* 21 12 1 1 175.00
    AC Voges 36 21 1 3 171.43
    Melbourne Stars
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    JP Faulkner* 3.0 0 25 1 8.33
    JW Hastings 3.0 0 22 1 7.33
    Recent Overs:
    1  1lb  4  1  6  1  | .  1  1wd  .  2  .  4  | 2  6  1  1  1  1  |
    Last Wicket: Marsh, 68 (c:Hodge b:Faulkner)
    Current Partnership: 41 runs, 21 balls, RR:195.24

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    Melbourne Stars travel to the WACA in Perth to take on the Scorchers in the second Big Bash League 2012-13 semi-final. We’ll have live scores from 8.00pm AEDT.

    Last season, it was at this very stage that the Scorchers and the Stars are played each other and the Perth side had come out on top to deny their opponents a place in the final.

    Revenge aside, a lot is at stake when the Stars and Scorchers meet in this second semi-final including a chance to meet the Brisbane Heat in the final and a spot at the next edition of the Champions League T20.

    Both the Scorchers and the Stars ended the league stage of the tournament on 10 points but took different routes to get there. The Stars started off with a defeat before reeling off four straight victories.

    Then off-field issues dominated the headlines for the Stars and they lost two of their next three but managed to qualify at the third spot in the table.

    The Scorchers began poorly this season, continuing from a string of off the field issues that saw them change their support staff and captain. The change did not seem like it was working when the Scorchers started with two defeats in a row. One of them was a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of the Stars when they were bowled out for a under-par 69.

    Suddenly, the lost mojo was discovered as the Scorchers went from the one extreme of only one win from six games – including the Champions League T20 played earlier in 2012 – to record five in their next six encounters to make it to the semi-finals.

    Shaun Marsh’s batting at the top of the order has seen him score four half-centuries in the tournament, which is the most by any batsman this season, while Alfonso Thomas and Brad Hogg have provided them with an excellent spin-pace combination.

    For the Stars, captain Shane Warne could be left without David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell and Lasith Malinga, all of who will be with the Australian national side for their series against Sri Lanka.

    But in Brad Hodge and James Faulkner, he has a couple of players who can turn the game around with the bat and ball respectively, a couple he will rely on.

    In a pressure knock-out game, it will be stating the obvious that the team holding their nerves will go through.

    This is why, Warne’s experience in such situations should help him get a lot out of his side but he will also understand that he is up against a side that can be called a favourite. At least on paper.

    We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the WACA in Perth and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

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    • 2:12am
      Nathan of Perth said | 2:12am | ! Report

      Trying to figure out what was the crazier over though – that last over (obvious credentials) or that 12-ball over from a week or so ago.

    • 2:11am
      sebastian said | 2:11am | ! Report

      welldone scorchers i think they will raise the cup ,Shoun marsh is in very good form. it will bea coming back to the national team

    • 1:52am
      Nathan of Perth said | 1:52am | ! Report

      Hell of a thing, that game. I will say this – however much people want to talk about the BBL being a joke and a hit and giggle, there was a lot of passion in the crowd. Was a tremendous roar at the end. They don’t command the passion that the more pedigreed teams in Perth have, but there had a hunger in the stands for that win. Maybe the BBL does have a future – maybe its because it is a one-team state, so this was still viewed as Western Australia versus filthy-Victorians-in-greensheep-clothing. Don’t know how the feelings go in Melbourne and Sydney with the twin teams.

      There was a plucky Stars fan near me, let off a huge cheer and a fist pump when the final ball went through to the keeper. Had his head in his hands when he saw the umpire’s arm extend… so I guess it mattered to him, too.

      • 7:20am
        Red Kev said | 7:20am | ! Report

        It is partly because the WACA has a small capacity in my opinion. Perth has good crowds to events (it is so isolated which helps attendances) and doesn’t suffer like the Sydney and Melbourne teams of playing in massive capacity grounds (17k crowd is a sold out WACA, the “sold out” Renegades match only had 13k).

        • 10:51am
          Nathan of Perth said | 10:51am | ! Report

          I don’t think the isolation helps the attendances – after all, its not like Melbournians or Sydney-siders particularly benefit in terms of attendance from being near other population centres. The current state of the economy helps.

          Personally I don’t know how the hell we got 17,000+ to a 5pm midweek start.

          • 11:08am
            Red Kev said | 11:08am | ! Report

            It helps because there is so much less competition for where to spend your leisure time in Perth compared to over east. It isn’t a bad thing, I really like Perth, just worth pointing out that judging BBL success by a Perth crowd distorts things.

            • 11:49am
              dexx said | 11:49am | ! Report

              People can do as they wish here lol. There are numerous things people can spend there hard earned on that doesn’t change because Perth is isolated. The fact is bbl is popular here and often we only have one team in a comp which can evoke a greater passion for it, throw in the fact the team is made up of players from wa too helps. the Perth glory get quite low crowds compared to smaller cities like Adelaide whereas the wildcats get the biggest attendances in the nbl. That’s because of a great new venue, entertaining games, location and a successful team. Not isolation or lack of other things to do. Melbourne in general supports its AFL teams in attendances far more than Sydney does for example, I’ve never heard lack of things to do in Melbourne as the reason, its the desire for its people to support their team.

              • 3:46pm
                Red Kev said | 3:46pm | ! Report

                No they can’t dexx, Perth has fewer options (fewer football teams, no theatre and show culture). The significance of the Perth Cup is reminiscent of small town carnivals (Launceston in Tasmania has a similar cup day). I lived in Perth for 6 years, I am not speaking from ignorance, you can deny it all you want but isolation breeds tribalism and fiercer support.

              • 4:33pm
                Nathan of Perth said | 4:33pm | ! Report

                How long ago did you live here? The sustainment of the boom is driving a lot of the cultural side of things strongly.

                Credit it to eastern-states immigrants tired of being bored, if you will 🙂

              • 6:37pm
                dexx said | 6:37pm | ! Report

                Red kev Perth has changed a lot in the past few years alone, its changed dramatically in the 8years ive lived here…your view of it as it is now comes across as quite ignorant or misinformed. You make it sound as if it were a bigger Darwin, in the next few years its hitting 2m people and with that growth has come many changes.

    • 12:53am
      DJW said | 12:53am | ! Report

      Just returned home from the game, what a great match. Nail biting stuff. Full house at the WACA created a great atmosphere.

      Go the Scorchers!!! Later Warnie!

    • 11:54pm
      dexx said | 11:54pm | ! Report

      Scorchers win!! some twists and turns before the final result tonight when it looked as if the Stars had the game firmly in their grasp but maybe the Scorchers read the weather and felt a revised D/L run chase was on the cards if batting second?

      Either way, great win for the Scorchers who now advance to the Big final back here, 5pm at the WACA on Saturday against the Brisbane Heat.

    • 10:15pm
      Dadiggle said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      In the old days Gibbs would have dropped that one if you paid him enough…..

    • 9:34pm
      dexx said | 9:34pm | ! Report

      Behrendorff to White, no run, OUT caught by Gibbs.

      much needed wicket at last.

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