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AS IT HAPPENED: Greatest final ever? Teenage sensation clinches stunning Scorchers comeback for BBL title #5

4th February, 2023
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First Innings: Perth Scorchers

5/178

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Perth Scorchers

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Brisbane Heat

5/178

Perth Scorchers win by 5 wickets

0/38 (3.2) *Neser O: 19.2 Hobson* 18 (7)
1/37 (4.0) Johnson RR:8.03 Connolly 25 (11)
run out (Johnson)16.5
5/137
Turner 53(32)
c. Heazlett b. Bartlett16.3
4/134
Inglis 26(22)
c. Heazlett b. Johnson7.5
3/54
Hardie 17(13)
c. Neser b. Kuhnemann6.6
2/48
Bancroft 15(13)
run out (Bryant)4.2
1/32
Eskinazi 21(19)
First Innings: Brisbane Heat7/175RR: 7.50O: 20.0

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First Innings: Brisbane Heat 7/175 RR: 7.50 O: 20.0
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR

J. Brown

c. Tye b. Payne

25 12 4 1 208.33

S.D. Heazlett

c. Payne b. Behrendorff

34 30 2 1 113.33

N.A. McSweeney

c. Bancroft b. Hardie

41 37 3 1 110.81

J.J. Peirson*+

c. Kelly b. Behrendorff

3 3 0 0 100.00

S.R. Hain

not out

21 16 2 0 131.25

M.A. Bryant

c. Inglis b. Kelly

31 14 2 3 221.43

M.G. Neser

c. Inglis b. Kelly

0 1 0 0 0.00

J.J. Bazley

c. Eskinazi b. Tye

5 6 1 0 83.33

X.C. Bartlett

not out

6 1 0 1 600.00

S.H. Johnson

         

M.P. Kuhnemann

         

Extras

(b 0, lb 2, w 7, nb 0)

9  
Total 175  
Bowlers O M R W Ec
J.P. Behrendorff 4.0 0 26 2 6.50
D.A. Payne 4.0 0 37 1 9.25
M.L. Kelly 4.0 0 37 2 9.25
A.M. Hardie 3.0 0 27 1 9.00
C. Connolly 1.0 0 4 0 4.00
A.J. Tye 4.0 0 42 1 10.50
First Innings: Perth Scorchers 5/178 RR: 8.03 O: 19.2
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR

S.S. Eskinazi

run out (Bryant)

21 19 3 0 110.53

C.T. Bancroft

c. Neser b. Kuhnemann

15 13 2 0 115.38

A.M. Hardie

c. Heazlett b. Johnson

17 13 2 0 130.77

J.P. Inglis+

c. Heazlett b. Bartlett

26 22 3 0 118.18

A.J. Turner*

run out (Johnson)

53 32 5 2 165.62

N.R. Hobson

not out

18 7 1 1 257.14

C. Connolly

not out

25 11 1 2 227.27

M.L. Kelly

         

A.J. Tye

         

D.A. Payne

         

J.P. Behrendorff

         

Extras

(b 0, lb 2, w 0, nb 1)

3  
Total 178  
Bowlers O M R W Ec
M.G. Neser 3.2 0 38 0 11.40
X.C. Bartlett 4.0 0 31 1 7.75
S.H. Johnson 4.0 0 37 1 9.25
J.J. Bazley 4.0 0 42 0 10.50
M.P. Kuhnemann 4.0 0 28 1 7.00

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The Big Bash League title is up for grabs tonight when the Perth Scorchers take on the Brisbane Heat at Optus Stadium in the BBL Final. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEDT).

The Heat scored one of the biggest upsets in BBL history on Thursday night, when Michael Neser steered them home against the Sydney Sixers with an unbeaten 48 in the Challenger final. However, if they can knock off the Scorchers, it will go down as an even more stunning win.

The Scorchers have been the form team of BBL12, which is impressive given they have done it without Mitchell Marsh and with Jhye Richardson absent for large parts.

The reigning champions possess the best batting line-up in the competition, with Cam Bancroft, Josh Inglis and Ashton Turner consistently making contributions. Aaron Hardie has also emerged this year as a quality all-rounder.

From a bowling perspective, the Scorchers boast an attack right at home at a pace-friendly Optus Stadium. However, Lance Morris will miss the Final as part of the Test squad to tour India, with Matt Kelly the likely replacement after overcoming a concussion.

No one thought the Heat, without four Test stars in Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne and Mitch Swepson, could beat the Sixers. However, with a better wicket in Perth than in Sydney likely to produce more runs, someone within this line-up is going to have to put a score on.

Much of the pressure will be on Sam Hain and Jimmy Peirson, who have shown they can put big innings together. The Heat may need a special knock from opener Josh Brown, who could be dangerous if he gets a start.

Neser is the key bowler in the Heat attack, but hot on his heels is Spencer Johnson, who has made his mark this year. The 27-year old is seriously quick and will be looking forward to making a mark on the final.

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Prediction

It would be the stuff of fairytales if the Heat win, but I just can’t see it.

It’s in the batting department where they fall well short of the Scorchers, and this is where the game will be won and lost.

The Scorchers will add to their record as the most successful BBL franchise with title number five.

Perth Scorchers by 50 runs or 5 wickets

Game information

First ball: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
TV: Fox Cricket, Channel 7
Streaming: Kayo Sports
Odds: Scorchers $1.40, Heat $3.00 – odds via PlayUp

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Teams

Scorchers (predicted)

Cameron Bancroft, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Cooper Connolly, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Tye, David Payne, Jason Behrendorff.

Heat (predicted)

Sam Heazlett, Josh Brown, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (c, wk), Max Bryant, Michael Neser, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matt Kuhnemann.

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