Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades, 17th Match (N), Melbourne (Docklands), Dec 22 2021, Big Bash League
Match Result: Scorchers won by 21 runs
Player of the Match: Mitchell Marsh
Match Report: Perth Scorchers have registered another win for themselves, this time fueled by the cracking performance of Mitchell Marsh. Marsh stole the show, with his 86 Runs in the first innings. It included 5 fours and 5 sixes, entertaining the crowd at Melbourne. With the ball too, he was economical and struck the crucial wicket of Nic Maddinson, who looked good to take the game home. The match was filled with fireworks as sixes and fours kept coming in both the innings.
Scorchers came out on top, and frankly, it was always going to be hard to chase down a target of more than 200 runs. Finch and Maddinson’s partnership looked too good though, and it felt like the game was slipping away from the hands of Scorchers. But in came the hero of the day, Marsh, and provided the breakthrough. Finch’s return would had been even more special if he had managed to take his team to the winning side. Unfortunately, it was not to be and the Renegades never came back in the match afterward. Jake scored 30 but it was too slow, and he never threatened to chase down the target. Renegades needed just one good cameo, but they didn’t get any of it from their middle order.
Scorchers’ bowlers have been irresistible this season, with the most runs scored off them before this match being just 151 by Brisbane Heat in their season opener. For a while, they had no answers and looked rattled when Finch and Maddinson were on song. But, in trademark fashion, they held their nerve and the game turned through a brilliant one-handed catch by wicketkeeper Inglis to dismiss Maddinson.
Player of the Match | Mitchell Marsh: “Great win. We were really tested there. It was a great innings from Finchy. I thought 180 was about par so it was a great finish by us at the end. It was fun. I was just sticking to my processes and I love playing for the Scorchers. [Maddinson] was an important wicket. If we didn’t get that, it was probably game over. I love playing for Scorchers and love playing in WA, but I also love not having four-hour flights.”