Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades, 21st Match (N), Melbourne (Docklands), Dec 26 2021, BBL
Match Report: Scorchers won by 8 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Mitchell Marsh
Match Report: No stopping the Scorchers juggernaut. They have now won all six of the matches they have played. Unstoppable, they look unstoppable. One of the hallmark of their wins has been someone always stepping up to take the role of match-winner. It was captain Marsh once again. Munro and Marsh have finished the 152 chase in just 16.5 overs. The New Zealander being the aggressor tonight with Marsh making sure not to consume too many balls.
The early wickets of the openers in quick succession did raise some hopes for the Renegades but they were crushed soon by the Munro-Marsh duo. So the Renegades lie at the bottom of the table and Scorchers are flying high. Marsh is a player with unmatchable skills, sadly, over the years, his enemy hasn’t been his talent but his fitness. Let’s hope Marsh continues to stay fit and away from injuries.
Renegades had worked on their plans to try to do the seemingly impossible and slow down Marsh’s scoring rate with a lot of of slow paced deliveries. He did not pick one from Sutherland, which cannoned into his helmet, but other than that adjusted well to put on a match-winning 99-run stand with Munro.
Mitch Marsh: Another good win. Nice execution with the ball and it all worked out even though things got away from us at the end with the ball but that’s T20 cricket, it happens. What time is it now? [laughs]. Love being a part of the Scorchers unit and good to win. Can’t give away too much [on his pre-match routines] it’s not as everyone thinks, it’s pretty chilled out. I’m feeling good at the moment. The turnaround started in the West Indies when I was thrust into high-pressure situations with the ball. Couldn’t bowl a lot over the years due to injury and I love being in the contest for the Scorchers. Right now the focus is to execute off every ball and glad that I’m doing it.