Big Bash League

Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat

Perth Scorchers won by 10 runs

Hi and welcome to our live coverage of the Big Bash League game between Perth and Brisbane from the WACA. It's essentially do or die for the Heat and with the Scorchers poor net RR they'll also be desperate for a win.

News from the middle is that Perth have won the toss and will bat first. It's a huge crowd here at the WACA with perfect weather for cricket. Don't think they'll get to the 27,000 we had last night in Adelaide, but still a great crowd. My name is Andrew Fuss and I'll be taking you through all the action.

0.1

Harris to Gibbs, no run, on the money and he defends to mid wicket

0.2

Harris to Gibbs, FOUR, short on off, rocks back and pulls over mid wicket. On replay, that wasn't even that short, a great shot

0.3

Harris to Gibbs, no run, length on off, defends with a straight bat to cover

0.4

Harris to Gibbs, SIX, length on off and this one goes deep over mid wicket, nothing more than a flick of the wrists and all in the timing

0.5

Harris to Gibbs, no run, full on off, defends to cover

0.6

Harris to Gibbs, no run, length on off, defends to point

End of over 1 (10 runs) Perth Scorchers 10/0
HH Gibbs    10* (6b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    1-0-10-0
MJ North    0* (0b)     

1.1

Hauritz to North, 1 run, punched to long off

1.2

Hauritz to Gibbs, 2 runs, a bit edgy but he drives through gully for a couple

1.3

Hauritz to Gibbs, FOUR, darted in at leg, he sweeps and it goes fine of short fine leg, races away to the rope

1.4

Hauritz to Gibbs, no run, works to square leg

1.5

Hauritz to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, off the pad to short fine leg

1.6

Hauritz to North, 1 run, rocks back and cuts to long off

End of over 2 (9 runs) Perth Scorchers 19/0
MJ North    2* (2b)      NM Hauritz    1-0-8-0
HH Gibbs    16* (10b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    1-0-10-0

2.1

Harris to North, no run, length outside off, leaves it alone through to the keeper

2.2

Harris to North, no run, flicked to mid wicket where the captain, Forrest, fields brilliantly to save four

2.3

Harris to North, FOUR, full outside off and he drives hard through the line almost taking Harris' head off, great shot

2.4

Harris to North, no run, length on off, defends back to the bowler

2.5

Harris to North, FOUR, fullish on off, he frees his arms and flicks it high over mid wicket, plenty of space out there

2.6

Harris to North, no run, length outside off, tries to send it out of the stadium over point but couldn't connect

End of over 3 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 27/0
MJ North    10* (8b 2x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-18-0
HH Gibbs    16* (10b 2x4 1x6)      NM Hauritz    1-0-8-0

3.1

Christian to Gibbs, FOUR, backs away and walks down the wicket and just clears mid off on the drive

3.2

Christian to Gibbs, FOUR, full on leg, backs away and drives gloriously between mid off and cover

3.3

Christian to Gibbs, 2 runs, short on leg, backs away and pulls through backward square leg

3.4

Christian to Gibbs, 1 run, slower ball this time, backs away and cross bats it to long off

3.5

Christian to North, 2 byes, full outside off, tries to cut but can't connect, Hartley makes a simple mistake, perhaps it came onto him a bit quickly, Harris cleans up on the rope

3.6

Christian to North, 1 run, pushed to cover

End of over 4 (14 runs) Perth Scorchers 41/0
MJ North    11* (10b 2x4)      DT Christian    1-0-12-0
HH Gibbs    27* (14b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    2-0-18-0

4.1

Neser to North, 2 runs, length on leg, gets up on his toes and pulls over mid wicket

4.2

Neser to North, no run, good short one, rushes North and catches him on the arm as he tries to pull

4.3

Neser to North, no run, length on off, defends to mid off

4.4

Neser to North, FOUR, lengh on leg, steps to the off side and flicks over short fine leg

4.5

Neser to North, no run, short on leg with great pace, 145kph to be exact, backs away and tries to cut over the slips, no connection

4.6

Neser to North, SIX, full on off, dances down the track and swings like Happy Gilmore, going deep over long on, great strike

End of over 5 (12 runs) Perth Scorchers 53/0
MJ North    23* (16b 3x4 1x6)      MG Neser    1-0-12-0
HH Gibbs    27* (14b 4x4 1x6)      DT Christian    1-0-12-0

5.1

McDermott to Gibbs, no run, good bouncer chasing him down leg, ducks under

5.2

McDermott to Gibbs, no run, length on leg, backs away and misses on the pull shot

5.3

McDermott to Gibbs, SIX, good nut on middle and off, steps across and flicks it incredibly over fine leg, I can't quite explain how good that shot is!

5.4

McDermott to Gibbs, no run, full outside off, backs away and misses on the cut shot

5.5

McDermott to Gibbs, 3 runs, full on middle, flicks it over mid wicket with ease

5.6

McDermott to North, SIX, short on leg, pulls over backward square leg, even with a man on the rope he has the courage to play that shot, great cricket

End of over 6 (15 runs) Perth Scorchers 68/0
MJ North    29* (17b 3x4 2x6)      AC McDermott    1-0-15-0
HH Gibbs    36* (19b 4x4 2x6)      MG Neser    1-0-12-0

6.1

Neser to Gibbs, 1 run, cut to deep point, fielded on the first bounce

6.2

Neser to North, 1 wide, slower ball bouncer, goes too high as he tries to cut, correctly called wide

6.2

Neser to North, no run, good yorker outside off, steps across and defends back to the bowler

6.3

Neser to North, 1 run, yorker, bunted back down the ground over the bowler's head

6.4

Neser to Gibbs, 1 run, slower ball, inside edge to short fine leg, Gibbs a bit lazy not sliding his bat, but back safely

6.5

Neser to North, FOUR, full outside off, reaches for it on the cut shot and his perfect timing means it finds the rope past third man

6.6

Neser to North, 1 leg bye, length on leg, off the thigh pad to fine leg

End of over 7 (9 runs) Perth Scorchers 77/0
MJ North    34* (21b 4x4 2x6)      MG Neser    2-0-20-0
HH Gibbs    38* (21b 4x4 2x6)      AC McDermott    1-0-15-0

7.1

Christian to North, no run, full toss flicked to mid wicket

7.2

Christian to North, no run, slower ball beats him on the drive, nicely bowled

7.3

Christian to North, 2 runs, slower ball outside off, opens the face and guides to third man

7.4

Christian to North, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long off

7.5

Christian to Gibbs, OUT, short on off, backs away and bottom edges the cut shot into leg stump, a bit unlucky but the Heat will take it at the moment

HH Gibbs b Christian 38 (22b 4x4 2x6) SR: 172.72

7.6

Christian to Marsh, FOUR, short on leg, helps it on its way down to fine leg, easy pickings in the end

End of over 8 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 84/1
MR Marsh    4* (1b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-19-1
MJ North    37* (25b 4x4 2x6)      MG Neser    2-0-20-0

8.1

van der Merwe to North, no run, fullish on leg, half shout for LBW but clearly pitching outside leg

8.2

van der Merwe to North, 2 runs, flicked through square leg, well run

8.3

van der Merwe to North, 1 run, full on leg, flicked through mid wicket, Marsh slips so they aren't able to get back for the second

8.4

van der Merwe to Marsh, 1 run, full and driven to long off

8.5

van der Merwe to North, OUT, full and quick, surprises North as he tries to flick through mid wicket, huge breakthrough

MJ North b van der Merwe 40 (29b 4x4 2x6) SR: 137.93

8.6

van der Merwe to Katich, 1 run, full on off, driven through point

End of over 9 (5 runs) Perth Scorchers 89/2
SM Katich    1* (1b)      RE van der Merwe    1-0-5-1
MR Marsh    5* (2b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-19-1

9.1

Christian to Katich, no run, yorker outside off, can't connect on the drive

9.2

Christian to Katich, no run

9.3

Christian to Katich, 1 run, full outside off, slices a drive over backward point

9.4

Christian to Marsh, no run, length outside off, beats the driving outside edge

9.5

Christian to Marsh, 1 run, length outside off, drives through point

9.6

Christian to Katich, no run, slower ball outside off, tries to cut but can't connect

End of over 10 (2 runs) Perth Scorchers 91/2
SM Katich    2* (5b)      DT Christian    3-0-21-1
MR Marsh    6* (4b 1x4)      RE van der Merwe    1-0-5-1

10.1

van der Merwe to Marsh, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long off, fields on the first bounce

10.2

van der Merwe to Katich, 2 runs, full on off, flicked through mid wicket

10.3

van der Merwe to Katich, no run, full and driven to cover

10.4

van der Merwe to Katich, 1 run, length on leg, works it around the corner to fine leg

10.5

van der Merwe to Marsh, FOUR, full toss on leg, whacks it over mid wicket, money for jam

10.6

van der Merwe to Marsh, 1 run

End of over 11 (9 runs) Perth Scorchers 100/2
MR Marsh    12* (7b 2x4)      RE van der Merwe    2-0-14-1
SM Katich    5* (8b)      DT Christian    3-0-21-1

11.1

McDermott to Marsh, no run

11.2

McDermott to Marsh, 2 runs, full and driven to long off, Christian fields and throws down the stumps at the bowler's end, the deflection unluckily allows a second

11.3

McDermott to Marsh, 1 wide, slower ball bouncer goes too high

11.3

McDermott to Marsh, no run, great yorker dug out back to the bowler

11.4

McDermott to Marsh, 1 run, length on off, mistimes the drive back to the bowler who thought it was coming back a lot quicker than it actually was, he drops a relatively easy chance, as easy as it can be when it's off your own bowling

11.5

McDermott to Katich, no run, length outside off, can't connect on the cut

11.6

McDermott to Katich, 2 runs, full on leg, flicked through mid wicket nicely

The Heat doing a good job of reeling the Scorchers back in after a quick start

End of over 12 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 106/2
SM Katich    7* (10b)      AC McDermott    2-0-21-0
MR Marsh    15* (11b 2x4)      RE van der Merwe    2-0-14-1

12.1

van der Merwe to Marsh, SIX, wowee! That is huge! Right in the slot on off and Marsh throws everything including the kitchen sink at it and it ends up in the top tier over long on, 98 metres in total

12.2

van der Merwe to Marsh, 1 run

12.3

van der Merwe to Katich, 1 run, flicked through square leg

12.4

van der Merwe to Marsh, SIX, goes again, doesn't quite get this as cleanly, but it still ends up in the Lillee Marsh stand over long off

12.5

van der Merwe to Marsh, 1 run, low full toss driven to long off

12.6

van der Merwe to Katich, 1 run, driven through cover

End of over 13 (16 runs) Perth Scorchers 122/2
SM Katich    9* (12b)      RE van der Merwe    3-0-30-1
MR Marsh    29* (15b 2x4 2x6)      AC McDermott    2-0-21-0

13.1

Hauritz to Katich, OUT, full on leg, gets down for the sweep but it was too full for that, goes on to hit leg stump

SM Katich b Hauritz 9 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

13.2

Hauritz to Ronchi, 1 run, flighted on a length outside off, waits on it and cuts through point

13.3

Hauritz to Marsh, no run, nicely flighted and defended back to the bowler

13.4

Hauritz to Marsh, 1 run, flicked to mid wicket

13.5

Hauritz to Ronchi, 1 run, full on off, flicked to mid wicket

13.6

Hauritz to Marsh, 1 run, worked through point

End of over 14 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 126/3
MR Marsh    31* (18b 2x4 2x6)      NM Hauritz    2-0-12-1
L Ronchi    2* (2b)      RE van der Merwe    3-0-30-1

14.1

Neser to Marsh, no run, ouch, ouch, ouch! Full toss on middle, gets across to the off side and tries to pull, but it hits him square in the crown jewels! He can hardly get up he's in that much pain. I don't envy him at the moment...

14.2

Neser to Marsh, 2 runs, low full toss on off, pulls from outside off to deep mid wicket

14.3

Neser to Marsh, OUT, short outside off, tries to pull but he's beaten for pace and he gets a big top edge up to point, easy catch

MR Marsh c Hayden b Neser 33 (21b 2x4 2x6) SR: 157.14

You can't help but think that blow he took has affected his batting afterwards. He's just told Fox Sports that he's "a little bit tender". That might be an understatement

14.4

Neser to Ronchi, OUT, length on off, hangs his bat out at it and catches a feather edge through to the keeper, what a huge wicket that is and Neser is on a hat-trick

L Ronchi c †Hartley b Neser 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

14.5

Neser to Rimmington, no run, bouncer on off, ducks under it easily

14.6

Neser to Rimmington, 1 run, worked to square leg

End of over 15 (3 runs) Perth Scorchers 129/5
NJ Rimmington    1* (2b)      MG Neser    3-0-23-2
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      NM Hauritz    2-0-12-1

15.1

Hauritz to Rimmington, 1 run, worked to short fine leg

15.2

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, darted in at off from around the wicket, pushed to mid wicket

15.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, worked to square leg

15.4

Hauritz to Rimmington, 1 run, flighed, waits on it and drives to long on

15.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, digs out a yorker to long on

15.6

Hauritz to Rimmington, no run, length outside off, swings and misses but gets back in time to avoide the stumping

End of over 16 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 133/5
NJ Rimmington    3* (5b)      NM Hauritz    3-0-16-1
PD Collingwood    2* (3b)      MG Neser    3-0-23-2

16.1

Harris to Collingwood, FOUR, dances down the wicket and to the off side and whacks it over mid wicket

16.2

Harris to Collingwood, FOUR, steps across to a full ball and flicks over short fine leg

16.3

Harris to Collingwood, no run, full and wide outside off, just inside the line of what is a fair delivery

16.4

Harris to Collingwood, 1 run, full outside off, steps across and drives to long on

16.5

Harris to Rimmington, 1 run, length on off, guided down to third man

16.6

Harris to Collingwood, 1 run, full outside off, driven to third man

End of over 17 (11 runs) Perth Scorchers 144/5
PD Collingwood    12* (8b 2x4)      RJ Harris    3-0-29-0
NJ Rimmington    4* (6b)      NM Hauritz    3-0-16-1

17.1

Christian to Collingwood, 2 runs, full on off, flicked through mid wicket

17.2

Christian to Collingwood, OUT, odd shot selection to a low full toss on middle, gets across and tries to reverse sweep, absolutley plumb

PD Collingwood lbw b Christian 14 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

17.3

Christian to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, flicked to long on

17.4

Christian to Rimmington, 1 run, length on off, worked to long on

17.5

Christian to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, full on leg, flicked to long on

17.6

Christian to Rimmington, 1 run, yorker dug out to cover

End of over 18 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 150/6
NJ Rimmington    6* (8b)      DT Christian    4-0-27-2
NM Coulter-Nile    2* (2b)      RJ Harris    3-0-29-0

18.1

Harris to Rimmington, 1 run, flicked to mid wicket

18.2

Harris to Coulter-Nile, FOUR, full on middle, drives hard through the line and finds the gap between long on and long off

18.3

Harris to Coulter-Nile, no run, fullish on off, gets across and has a massive appeal for LBW, perhaps hit him outside the line but the replays suggest that was out

18.4

Harris to Coulter-Nile, 1 leg bye, length on leg, tries to pull but can't connect, they scamper through as the ball lands at the batsman's feet

18.5

Harris to Rimmington, OUT, oh what a yorker, right on the money as Rimmington tries to drive through the off side

NJ Rimmington b Harris 7 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

18.6

Harris to Hogg, 1 run, low full toss and driven to cover

Interesting here, McDermott to bowl the final over. He's a good death bowler but I though Neser or Hauritz might have been a chance to bowl it

End of over 19 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 157/7
GB Hogg    1* (1b)      RJ Harris    4-0-35-1
NM Coulter-Nile    6* (5b 1x4)      DT Christian    4-0-27-2

19.1

McDermott to Hogg, 1 run, full toss cut to cover

19.2

McDermott to Coulter-Nile, OUT, lenght on leg, backs away and misses on the drive, the run anyway and Hogg runs himself out as Hartley hits the stumps

GB Hogg run out 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19.3

McDermott to Beer, 1 run, full on off, worked to fine leg

19.4

McDermott to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, low full toss and driven to long on, Neser does the fielding and he rockets it back to the keeper's end, what an arm!

19.5

McDermott to Beer, 1 run, length on off, flicked through square leg

19.6

McDermott to Coulter-Nile, 1 leg bye, full toss on leg, cops him where the sun doesn't shine. Not quite as bad as Marsh's blow, but still must have hurt!

The visiting Heat will be very happy with the way they pulled that back after the Scorchers got off to a hot start to be 0/77 after 7. It feels about 20 runs short of what they need, the pitch seems to be playing well, but we'll find out shortly.
Match State: Innings Break

End of over 20 (5 runs) Perth Scorchers 162/8
NM Coulter-Nile    7* (8b 1x4)      AC McDermott    3-0-25-0
MA Beer    2* (2b)      RJ Harris    4-0-35-1
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Dec 29, 2011

Matthew Hayden delivered a brisk start, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, BBL 2011-12, Perth, December 29, 2011

Matthew Hayden delivered a brisk start

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Dec 29, 2011

Daniel Christian picked up two wickets, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, BBL 2011-12, Perth, December 29, 2011

Daniel Christian picked up two wickets

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