Big Bash League, 2nd semi-final: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars at Perth, Jan 16, 2013
Big Bash League - 2nd semi final
Perth Scorchers won by 8 wickets (with 0 balls remaining) (D/L method)
5 February 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Update - 7pm localt time: The rain continues to come down here and the game has been reduced again to a 17 over game with target now 178. I dare say it'll be reduced again with the covers back on.

The Scorchers could be saved by the rain here. They need to play five overs to constitute a game. I'll keep you posted when I know more.

Update - 7.20pm local time: We're about set for a return. The Scorchers revised target is 139 off 13 overs with a three over Powerplay. You'd think the shortening of the game actually helps Perth as they don't need to keep the run-rate up as long and they've still got ten wickets in hand.


Faulkner to Marsh, no run, digs out a yorker to mid off, good start


Faulkner to Marsh, no run, half shout for LBW but it was straying down leg

A reminder that Perth's Powerplay is just three overs so they'll be looking for a quick start


Faulkner to Marsh, no run, length on off, pushed to point


Faulkner to Marsh, FOUR, leading edge in the air through point and it races away through the gap, very lucky


Faulkner to Marsh, no run, length on off, off the thigh pad and back to the bowler


Faulkner to Marsh, 1 run, cut down to third man, Bird does well to keep it to one

End of over 1 (5 runs) Perth Scorchers 5/0 (134 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 11.16)

    • SE Marsh 5 (6b 1x4)
    • HH Gibbs 0 (0b)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-5-0

Bird to Marsh, no run, half volley outside of, smashed to point, Wright fields well and there's a half mix-up, but Marsh gets back safely


Bird to Marsh, FOUR, short outside off, rocks back and pulls over mid wicket, didn't get it cleanly, but got enough to get the boundary


Bird to Marsh, no run, length on off, pushed to point


Bird to Marsh, 1 run, short and pulled to square leg, they take a suicide single, if Hodge had hit he would have been well short


Bird to Gibbs, FOUR, steps across to the off side and flicks fine of short fine leg, nice shot


Bird to Gibbs, 1 run, full on off, driven to cover

End of over 2 (10 runs) Perth Scorchers 15/0 (124 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 11.27)

    • HH Gibbs 5 (2b 1x4)
    • SE Marsh 10 (10b 2x4)
    • JM Bird 1-0-10-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-5-0

Mascarenhas to Gibbs, 1 run, worked to square leg

The keeper is up to the stumps for Mascarenhas


Mascarenhas to Marsh, 1 run, short outside off, cut to deep point


Mascarenhas to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, big shout for LBW, and it was close too, but the umpire says no. Gibbs pulls up after that single, looks to have hurt himself

It's looking like Gibbs has pulled a hamstring, certainly not what the Scorchers needed at the moment. He's getting some attention from the physio now.

The Stars getting frustrated at the delay the Scorchers are causing, perhaps hoping they don't reach five overs with more rain


Mascarenhas to Marsh, 4 byes, oh what a nut, cuts Marsh in half and the keeper can't take up at the stumps, that's the risk with keeping up


Mascarenhas to Marsh, no run, beats the outside edge as Marsh fishes outside off, great nut


Mascarenhas to Marsh, 1 run, guided to gully

End of over 3 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 23/0 (116 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 11.60)

    • SE Marsh 12 (14b 2x4)
    • HH Gibbs 6 (4b 1x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-3-0
    • JM Bird 1-0-10-0

Hastings to Marsh, 1 run, drives square out to deep cover

The Powerplay has now finished and the Stars can now send men back to the fence.


Hastings to Gibbs, 1 run, short outside off, flat bats it down to long on and Gibbs can hardly walk, he has to go off

HH Gibbs retired hurt 7 (5b 1x4 0x6) HH Gibbs retired hurt 7 (5b 1x4 0x6)


Hastings to Marsh, 1 run


Hastings to Coulter-Nile, OUT, short outside off, tries to go first ball and top edges the pull shot out to deep mid wicket, Hodge comes around to take a good catch

NM Coulter-Nile c Hodge b Hastings 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So there'll be no heroics from Coulter-Nile tonight as he hauls out first ball. With Gibbs gone too, the equation is looking very tough


Hastings to Marsh, no run


Hastings to Marsh, 1 run

End of over 4 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 27/1 (112 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.75, RRR: 12.44)

    • SE Marsh 15 (18b 2x4)
    • AC Voges 0 (0b)
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-1
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-3-0

Mascarenhas to Marsh, 1 run


Mascarenhas to Voges, 1 run, flicked through square leg


Mascarenhas to Marsh, no run, great nut, beats the outside edge outside off


Mascarenhas to Marsh, 2 runs, slog sweeps it out to deep square leg


Mascarenhas to Marsh, 1 run, bottom edges the pull shot to deep mid wicket, not hitting it cleanly at the moment

The run rate required already up over 13 an over


Mascarenhas to Voges, SIX, steps across and flicks it over backward square leg, brilliant, effortless shot

We now officially have a game, even if the rain comes now. As it stands now, the Stars are ahead on par score

End of over 5 (11 runs) Perth Scorchers 38/1 (101 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.60, RRR: 12.62)

    • AC Voges 7 (2b 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 19 (22b 2x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-14-0
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-1

Keath to Marsh, SIX, full toss on off and Marsh creams it over deep mid wicket, that found the middle


Keath to Marsh, SIX, that's in the slot on off stump and he pummels that over long on, that's big!

The pressure right on the debutant here...


Keath to Marsh, FOUR, full outside off and he drives hard over cover, great hitting


Keath to Marsh, FOUR, almost yorker length outside off and Marsh plays a brilliant drive just wide of cover, great shot


Keath to Marsh, SIX, in the slot again and again he punishes it over long on, this man is in some serious form!


Keath to Marsh, 1 run, slower ball outside off, cut to deep point

That over has completely changed the momentum. Marsh has found his rhythym and we all know what Voges is capable of. It's well and truly game on now

End of over 6 (27 runs) Perth Scorchers 65/1 (74 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 10.83, RRR: 10.57)

    • SE Marsh 46 (28b 4x4 3x6)
    • AC Voges 7 (2b 1x6)
    • AR Keath 1-0-27-0
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-14-0

Bird to Marsh, FOUR, length outside off, thick edge through the slips, it's all going right for the Scorchers as Marsh brings up his 50

Marsh has 31 off his last seven balls!


Bird to Marsh, 1 run, driven through point


Bird to Voges, 1 run, pushed to cover


Bird to Marsh, 1 run, well bowled, back of a length on middle an nipping back, Marsh squeezes it to point

The Scorchers are now ahead of the par score, what a turn around


Bird to Voges, 1 run, driven through cover


Bird to Marsh, FOUR, short on leg, pulls out into the gap on the leg side, another great shot

End of over 7 (12 runs) Perth Scorchers 77/1 (62 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 11.00, RRR: 10.33)

    • SE Marsh 56 (32b 6x4 3x6)
    • AC Voges 9 (4b 1x6)
    • JM Bird 2-0-22-0
    • AR Keath 1-0-27-0

Hastings to Voges, 1 run, clipped to deep square leg


Hastings to Marsh, 1 run, cut to deep point


Hastings to Voges, 1 run, length on off, pushed to point for a quick single


Hastings to Marsh, no run, cut perfectly to backward point, Wright fields sharply


Hastings to Marsh, FOUR, full on off, smashes the drive down to long on, right out of the meat


Hastings to Marsh, 1 run, cut in the air out to cover, lands just short of the man coming in off the fence

End of over 8 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 85/1 (54 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 10.62, RRR: 10.80)

    • SE Marsh 62 (36b 7x4 3x6)
    • AC Voges 11 (6b 1x6)
    • JW Hastings 2-0-12-1
    • JM Bird 2-0-22-0

Mascarenhas to Marsh, 1 run, drives through point


Mascarenhas to Voges, 1 leg bye, full on off, tries to ramp it but gets it off the pads to square leg


Mascarenhas to Marsh, FOUR, steps across to the off side and flicks delicately fine of short fine leg, glorious


Mascarenhas to Marsh, 1 run, defended to point


Mascarenhas to Voges, SIX, length on off, Voges is all over it as he smashes it over deep mid wicket, great hit


Mascarenhas to Voges, 1 run, full and driven to long on

End of over 9 (14 runs) Perth Scorchers 99/1 (40 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 11.00, RRR: 10.00)

    • AC Voges 18 (9b 2x6)
    • SE Marsh 68 (39b 8x4 3x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 3-0-27-0
    • JW Hastings 2-0-12-1

Faulkner to Voges, no run, full and driven back to the bowler, Voges thinks he's beaten the bowler, who throws at the striker's end, misses what he should have hit as he would have been well short


Faulkner to Voges, 1 run, guided down to third man


Faulkner to Marsh, 1 wide, strays well wide of off

Marsh is batting that well the bowlers are nervous bowling to him


Faulkner to Marsh, OUT, there it is, huge wicket for the Stars as Marsh mistimes one down to long off where Hodge takes a good catch under pressure

SE Marsh c Hodge b Faulkner 68 (40b 8x4 3x6) SR: 170.00


Faulkner to Voges, 2 runs, whipped to deep mid wicket


Faulkner to Voges, no run, good slower ball defended back to the bowler


Faulkner to Voges, FOUR, short outside off, rocks back and pulls backward of square

End of over 10 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 107/2 (32 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 10.70, RRR: 10.66)

    • AC Voges 25 (14b 1x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 0 (0b)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1
    • AD Mascarenhas 3-0-27-0

Wright to Hussey, 2 runs, length on off, flicks to fine leg nicely


Wright to Hussey, SIX, short on leg, hooks down to fine leg, great shot and the crowd erupts


Wright to Hussey, 1 run, nice slower ball flicked to long on


Wright to Voges, 1 run


Wright to Hussey, 1 run, sloewr ball pushed to gully

A record crowd for the Big Bash at the WACA of 17,903 crammed in tonight and they're finding their voice as the hosts chase victory.


Wright to Voges, 1 run, full and wide of off, would have been a wide too, driven to cover

End of over 11 (12 runs) Perth Scorchers 119/2 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 10.81, RRR: 10.00)

    • AC Voges 27 (16b 1x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 10 (4b 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 1-0-12-0
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1

Hastings to Voges, SIX, short slower ball, waits in it and swats it over long off


Hastings to Voges, 1 run, full on leg, flicked to short fine leg


Hastings to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss pulled to mid wicket, they think about two but decide against it


Hastings to Voges, 1 run, slower ball yorker flicked to deep mid wicket


Hastings to Hussey, no run, great yorker outside off, beats the bat, very well bowled


Hastings to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss driven to long on

The skipper takes the ball for the last over. A boundary will basically do it for the Scorchers, can Faulkner pull something out of the bag against two veterans?

End of over 12 (10 runs) Perth Scorchers 129/2 (10 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 10.75, RRR: 10.00)

    • MEK Hussey 12 (7b 1x6)
    • AC Voges 35 (19b 1x4 3x6)
    • JW Hastings 3-0-22-1
    • LJ Wright 1-0-12-0

Faulkner to Hussey, 2 runs, dropped, who costly is that, the pull shot gets dropped by Bird on the rope, should have taken that too, what a mistake


Faulkner to Hussey, 1 run, cut to gully, a good slower ball

Are we a chance for a super over too now?


Faulkner to Voges, 1 run, full and driven to long off, Quiney fields well to keep it to one

You can feel the tension around the stadium, a spot in the final and the Champions League up for grabs.


Faulkner to Hussey, 2 runs, slower ball pulled to deep square leg, Handscomb misses the take, Hussey would have been short of his ground


Faulkner to Hussey, 1 leg bye, slower ball off the pads and through to the keeper, had he left it, it would have been a wide

The super over is well and truly a chance now, three of one is the occasion, wowee!


Faulkner to Voges, 2 no balls, drama as he bowls a front foot no ball and they run through to the keeper, incredible

The field will be coming right up now, this is just incredible


Faulkner to Hussey, FOUR, full toss and he gets it over the infield and the Scorchers have won a cliffhanger

What a dramatic finish we've seen here tonight! James Faulkner bowls a front foot no ball - which I believe would have been a no ball for having only three in the circle - to concede the game after a topsy-turvy, rain affected night.

The Scorchers players and home crowd go nuts as the Scorchers go through to the Big Bash Final, to be hosted here in Perth on Saturday against the Heat.

The Stars had their chances too. Bird dropped a catch off the first ball of that final over to allow two runs, Handscomb missed a runout and Faulkner bowled a no ball - and that was just in the final over. Questions have to be asked as to why Shane Warne did not bowl while Alex Keath was smashed for 27 in his only over.

The rain certainly helped the Scorchers as the target was reduced - as were the overs - but full credit to the Scorchers, and particularly Shaun Marsh, who smashed their way to victory off the final ball of the match

That was just an incredible semi-final between two worthy semi-finalists and the sell-out, record crowd got their moneys worth with a thrilling final ball finish.

The Stars actually thought they'd won the match off the final ball, but it was called a no ball and it essentially gifted the win to the Scorchers.

Shaun Marsh has been named Man of the Match for his blistering 68 off just 40 balls. He's the leading run-scorer in the comp and he'll go head-to-head with former team-mate and second highest run-scorer Luke Pomersbach in the final on Saturday night.

Join us then, but for now, from me, Andrew Fuss, good night.

End of over 13 (13 runs) Perth Scorchers 142/2

    • MEK Hussey 21 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • AC Voges 36 (21b 1x4 3x6)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-25-1
    • JW Hastings 3-0-22-1





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