Big Bash League

Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers

Perth Scorchers won by 9 wickets (with 35 balls remaining)

Hi and welcome to ESPN Cricinfo's live coverage of the Big Bash League clash between the Thunder and the Scorchers from Stadium Australia. It's a huge match in the scheme of the tournament, with the Scorchers playing to secure a home semi-final while the Thunder are desperate for a win to just make the finals, their poor net run rate making it difficult to move ahead of the Stars.

Toss: Sydney Thunder have won the toss and will bat.

The toss has been incredibly important in this league, the last eight teams batting first have won the game, so it's heasy to understand why Dan Smith decided to bat. My name is Andrew Fuss and I'll take you through all the action tonight. Big team news for the Scorchers, Gibbs is out with a foot injury and has been replaced by Tom Beaton, who'll come in at six while Luke Ronchi has been promoted up the order to bat.

0.1

Rimmington to Khawaja, 1 run, full outside off, driven to cover

0.2

Rimmington to Gayle, no run, full outside off, driven right out of the middle to mid off

0.3

Rimmington to Gayle, 2 runs, slower ball full toss outside off, guided to third man

0.4

Rimmington to Gayle, no run, full outside off, left alone

0.5

Rimmington to Gayle, no run, full outside off, and again left alone

Last time I saw Gayle start this cautiously he ended up hitting a hundered including a record 11 sixes...

0.6

Rimmington to Gayle, 1 run, guided to backward point

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sydney Thunder 4/0
CH Gayle    3* (5b)      NJ Rimmington    1-0-4-0
UT Khawaja    1* (1b)     

1.1

Edmondson to Gayle, no run, full and defended back to the bowler

1.2

Edmondson to Gayle, 1 run, full and driven to mid off

1.3

Edmondson to Khawaja, FOUR, length on leg, whipped in the air just wide of short fine leg

1.4

Edmondson to Khawaja, 1 run, worked to square leg

1.5

Edmondson to Gayle, no run, play and a miss short outside off

1.6

Edmondson to Gayle, FOUR, full outside off, drives hard and high down to third man, lands safely and just makes the rope

End of over 2 (10 runs) Sydney Thunder 14/0
CH Gayle    8* (9b 1x4)      BM Edmondson    1-0-10-0
UT Khawaja    6* (3b 1x4)      NJ Rimmington    1-0-4-0

2.1

Rimmington to Khawaja, no run, full on off, defended to cover

2.2

Rimmington to Khawaja, no run, full on off, forward to defend to the bowler

2.3

Rimmington to Khawaja, 1 run, slower ball driven back to mid off

2.4

Rimmington to Gayle, no run, driven back to the bowler

2.5

Rimmington to Gayle, 1 run, full and driven to long off

2.6

Rimmington to Khawaja, 1 run, flicked through square leg

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sydney Thunder 17/0
UT Khawaja    8* (7b 1x4)      NJ Rimmington    2-0-7-0
CH Gayle    9* (11b 1x4)      BM Edmondson    1-0-10-0

3.1

Coulter-Nile to Khawaja, OUT, length outside off, cuts at it and gets a feather edge through to the keeper. Khawaja not happy about the decision and Coulter-Nile didn't even appeal!

UT Khawaja c †Ronchi b Coulter-Nile 8 (12m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

3.2

Coulter-Nile to Smith, no run, length on off, defended to th leg side, Gayle takes off but gets sent back and Marsh fumbles in the field

3.3

Coulter-Nile to Smith, no run, down leg off the pad and through to the keeper

3.4

Coulter-Nile to Smith, FOUR, short on leg, pulled away down to fine leg, easy pickings

3.5

Coulter-Nile to Smith, no run, length on off, defended to the off side

3.6

Coulter-Nile to Smith, no run

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sydney Thunder 21/1
DLR Smith    4* (5b 1x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-4-1
CH Gayle    9* (11b 1x4)      NJ Rimmington    2-0-7-0

4.1

Marsh to Gayle, FOUR, full on middle, whipped over mid wicket nicely

4.2

Marsh to Gayle, no run

4.3

Marsh to Gayle, 1 run, driven to mid off

4.4

Marsh to Smith, no run, length on off, defended to the off side

4.5

Marsh to Smith, 1 run, worked through square leg

4.6

Marsh to Gayle, SIX, full outside off, smashes this over cover with brute force

End of over 5 (12 runs) Sydney Thunder 33/1
CH Gayle    20* (15b 2x4 1x6)      MR Marsh    1-0-12-0
DLR Smith    5* (7b 1x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-4-1

5.1

Coulter-Nile to Smith, 1 run, worked through square leg

5.2

Coulter-Nile to Gayle, OUT, huge wicket this! Drives hard at it outside off, big noise and all the fielders go up. Umpire gives it not out but on review the third umpire gives it

CH Gayle c †Ronchi b Coulter-Nile 20 (24m 16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

5.3

Coulter-Nile to Dunk, no run, length on off, defended to point

5.4

Coulter-Nile to Dunk, 1 run, flicked through square leg

5.5

Coulter-Nile to Smith, no run, defended to mid off

5.6

Coulter-Nile to Smith, OUT, length on off, nips away just a tad and catches the edge straight to first slip, well bowled

DLR Smith c Marsh b Coulter-Nile 6 (14m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sydney Thunder 35/3
     NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-6-3
BR Dunk    1* (2b)      MR Marsh    1-0-12-0

6.1

Hogg to Dunk, no run, short and defended back to the bowler

6.2

Hogg to Dunk, no run, darted in this time, defended to the leg side

6.3

Hogg to Dunk, 1 run, cut to cover point

6.4

Hogg to Floros, no run, wrong'un completely beats him, big shout for LBW but the big step forward saves him

6.5

Hogg to Floros, no run, driven to cover

6.6

Hogg to Floros, 1 run, pulled to deep square leg

Replays show that LBW appeal was going on to hit the top of middle. Understandable the umpire gave it not out given the big stride forward he had

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sydney Thunder 37/3
JS Floros    1* (3b)      GB Hogg    1-0-2-0
BR Dunk    2* (5b)      NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-6-3

7.1

Coulter-Nile to Floros, no run, defended to the leg side

7.2

Coulter-Nile to Floros, no run, short on leg, pulls and there is a huge shout for caught behind off the glove, very lucky

7.3

Coulter-Nile to Floros, 1 run, length on off, edges along the ground to third man

7.4

Coulter-Nile to Dunk, no run, oh beaten all ends up! Length on off, good zip off the pitch past the outside edge

7.5

Coulter-Nile to Dunk, 1 run, full and driven to point

7.6

Coulter-Nile to Floros, 1 run, worked to fine leg

End of over 8 (3 runs) Sydney Thunder 40/3
JS Floros    3* (7b)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-9-3
BR Dunk    3* (7b)      GB Hogg    1-0-2-0

8.1

Hogg to Floros, 1 run, pulled to short fine leg

8.2

Hogg to Dunk, 1 run, flicked through square leg

8.3

Hogg to Floros, no run, full and driven to mid wicket

8.4

Hogg to Floros, OUT, length on off, goes straight on and beats Floros on the sweep shot, he's bowling brilliantly and the Thunder are in a serious hole here

JS Floros b Hogg 4 (10m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

8.5

Hogg to Butterworth, 1 wide, wrong'un goes down leg, Butterworth didn't pick that at all

8.5

Hogg to Butterworth, no run, slower and flighted, gets forward to defend

8.6

Hogg to Butterworth, 1 run, quicker outside off, driven through cover

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sydney Thunder 44/4
LR Butterworth    1* (2b)      GB Hogg    2-0-6-1
BR Dunk    4* (8b)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-9-3

9.1

Beer to Butterworth, no run, defended back to the bowler

9.2

Beer to Butterworth, 1 run, full and driven to long off

9.3

Beer to Dunk, 1 run, driven to long on

9.4

Beer to Butterworth, no run, full and defended to mid wicket

9.5

Beer to Butterworth, no run, goes for the sweep, half shout for LBW but going down leg

9.6

Beer to Butterworth, 2 runs, length and pulled through square leg

End of over 10 (4 runs) Sydney Thunder 48/4
LR Butterworth    4* (7b)      MA Beer    1-0-4-0
BR Dunk    5* (9b)      GB Hogg    2-0-6-1

10.1

Edmondson to Dunk, 1 run, full outside off, edged through the vacant slips region

10.2

Edmondson to Butterworth, no run, defended to point

10.3

Edmondson to Butterworth, no run, slower ball beats the outside edge, nicely bowled

10.4

Edmondson to Butterworth, 1 run, full and driven to long off

10.5

Edmondson to Dunk, 1 run

10.6

Edmondson to Butterworth, OUT, driven to mid off, Hogg comes around from cover and hits the stumps at the bowler's end, they're capitulating here the Thunder

LR Butterworth run out 5 (7m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

End of over 11 (3 runs) Sydney Thunder 51/4
     BM Edmondson    2-0-13-0
BR Dunk    7* (11b)      MA Beer    1-0-4-0

11.1

Beer to Armstrong, no run, defended to mid wicket

11.2

Beer to Armstrong, 1 run, driven through cover

11.3

Beer to Dunk, 1 run, full and flicked to short fine leg

11.4

Beer to Armstrong, no run, defends back to the bowler

11.5

Beer to Armstrong, 1 run, driven to cover, Collingwood fields and had the throw been better they would have had Floros out

11.6

Beer to Dunk, 1 run, driven to long on

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sydney Thunder 55/5
BR Dunk    9* (13b)      MA Beer    2-0-8-0
TJ Armstrong    2* (4b)      BM Edmondson    2-0-13-0

12.1

Hogg to Dunk, no run, defends to point

12.2

Hogg to Dunk, 1 run, flicked through mid wicket

12.3

Hogg to Armstrong, no run, darted in at leg, worked to mid wicket

12.4

Hogg to Armstrong, no run, the wrong'un completely beats Armstrong, too good to even catch the edge

12.5

Hogg to Armstrong, no run, half shout for LBW as it strikes his pad, but going down leg

12.6

Hogg to Armstrong, 1 run, driven to long off, the single greeted with bronx cheers

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sydney Thunder 57/5
TJ Armstrong    3* (8b)      GB Hogg    3-0-8-1
BR Dunk    10* (15b)      MA Beer    2-0-8-0

13.1

Beer to Armstrong, 1 run, driven to long on

13.2

Beer to Dunk, 1 wide, full and wide down leg

13.2

Beer to Dunk, 2 runs, low full toss and driven through cover

13.3

Beer to Dunk, no run, slower and flighted, gets back to cut and beats the outside edge

13.4

Beer to Dunk, 1 run, full and flicked to deep backward square leg

13.5

Beer to Armstrong, 1 run, length on off, pushed to point, they turn down a single but Ronchi hits the stumps with his throw to give them a single

13.6

Beer to Dunk, OUT, flicked to short fine leg, Dunk starts off for a run, never one there and gets sent back, Rimmington pings at the stumps and hits directly, brilliant fielding catches him inches short

BR Dunk run out 13 (23m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sydney Thunder 63/5
     MA Beer    3-0-14-0
TJ Armstrong    5* (10b)      GB Hogg    3-0-8-1

14.1

Hogg to Armstrong, no run, defended back to the bowler

14.2

Hogg to Armstrong, 1 leg bye, full on leg, big shout for LBW as he tries to sweep, perhaps pitching outside leg, but very close

14.3

Hogg to Abbott, OUT, length on off, big turner hits his pads and goes on to hit the stumps

SA Abbott b Hogg 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

14.4

Hogg to Coyte, no run, worked to mid wicket

14.5

Hogg to Coyte, no run, length on off, tries to drive but beats the edge, brilliant bowling

14.6

Hogg to Coyte, no run, darted in, defends back to the bowler

A wicket maiden to finish there for Hogg. What a brilliant spell that was, they could hardly lay bat on bowl during that spell.

End of over 15 (1 run, wicket maiden) Sydney Thunder 64/7
SJ Coyte    0* (3b)      GB Hogg    4-1-8-2
TJ Armstrong    5* (12b)      MA Beer    3-0-14-0

15.1

Beer to Armstrong, no run, defended back to the bowler

15.2

Beer to Armstrong, SIX, full on leg, gets down to slog sweep high over deep mid wicket, just clears the man on the rope, they needed that!

15.3

Beer to Armstrong, 1 run, guided to point

15.4

Beer to Coyte, 1 run, full toss driven to long off

15.5

Beer to Armstrong, SIX, full outside off, frees his arms up and smashes over long on

15.6

Beer to Armstrong, 1 run, slower and shorter, worked through mid wicket

End of over 16 (15 runs) Sydney Thunder 79/7
TJ Armstrong    19* (17b 2x6)      MA Beer    4-0-29-0
SJ Coyte    1* (4b)      GB Hogg    4-1-8-2

16.1

Rimmington to Armstrong, 1 run, full and driven to long off

16.2

Rimmington to Coyte, 1 run, worked through square leg

16.3

Rimmington to Armstrong, 1 run, bunted to long off

16.4

Rimmington to Coyte, FOUR, full on off, flicked over short fine leg nicely

16.5

Rimmington to Coyte, 1 run, driven to long on

16.6

Rimmington to Armstrong, 1 run, driven to long on

End of over 17 (9 runs) Sydney Thunder 88/7
TJ Armstrong    22* (20b 2x6)      NJ Rimmington    3-0-16-0
SJ Coyte    7* (7b 1x4)      MA Beer    4-0-29-0

17.1

Edmondson to Armstrong, no run, full and flicked to mid wicket

17.2

Edmondson to Armstrong, 1 run, defends to cover

17.3

Edmondson to Coyte, 1 wide, full and wide of off

17.3

Edmondson to Coyte, no run, full on off, big swing but beaten

17.4

Edmondson to Coyte, FOUR, full outside off, edged past the keeper for four, lucky

17.5

Edmondson to Coyte, 1 run, guided to third man

17.6

Edmondson to Armstrong, 1 run, dropped, full and smashed to long on, Hogg comes around and drops what he really should have taken

End of over 18 (8 runs) Sydney Thunder 96/7
TJ Armstrong    24* (23b 2x6)      BM Edmondson    3-0-21-0
SJ Coyte    12* (10b 2x4)      NJ Rimmington    3-0-16-0

18.1

Rimmington to Armstrong, 1 run, slower ball short on leg, whipped through mid wicket

18.2

Rimmington to Coyte, OUT, full and driven straight to cover, Coulter-Nile hits at the bowler's end and catches Coyte well short

SJ Coyte run out 12 (14m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

18.3

Rimmington to Armstrong, OUT, full and smashed straight to long on, creamed it but straight to the man, the same shot that Hogg dropped last week

TJ Armstrong c Katich b Rimmington 25 (30m 25b 0x4 2x6) SR: 100.00

18.4

Rimmington to Doran, 1 run, full and driven in the air jsut wide of cover

18.5

Rimmington to Copeland, 1 run, low full toss worked through square leg

18.6

Rimmington to Doran, no run, slower ball beats the outside edge

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sydney Thunder 99/9
LA Doran    1* (2b)      NJ Rimmington    4-0-19-1
TA Copeland    1* (1b)      BM Edmondson    3-0-21-0

19.1

Edmondson to Copeland, no run, yorker dug out to mid wicket

19.2

Edmondson to Copeland, OUT, full and driven to mid off, Coulter-Nile swoops and throws down the stumps at the bowler's end, brilliant fielding once again from the big man who can add two run outs to his three wickets

TA Copeland run out 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

That is a woeful batting effort from the Thunder, being bowled out for just 99 including four run outs. Good bowling from Coulter-Nile and Hogg and they've put the Scorchers in the box seat to take top spot from the Hurricanes. Join us again shortly for the run chase.

Match State: Innings Break

Tournament Results
Scorchers v Syd Sixers at Perth - Jan 28, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Hurricanes v Syd Sixers at Hobart - Jan 22, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 7 runs
Scorchers v Melb Stars at Perth - Jan 21, 2012
Scorchers won by 11 runs
Melb Stars v Strikers at Melbourne - Jan 19, 2012
Melb Stars won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Syd Sixers v Scorchers at Sydney - Jan 18, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 1 run
Hurricanes v Melb Reneg at Hobart - Jan 18, 2012
Hurricanes won by 7 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
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Photos

Jan 11, 2012

Mitchell Marsh lofts on his way to an unbeaten 64, Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers, BBL, Sydney, January 11, 2012

Mitchell Marsh lofts on his way to an unbeaten 64

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Jan 11, 2012

Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up three wickets, Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers, BBL, Sydney, January 11, 2012

Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up three wickets

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