Scorchers in semis with huge win
Perth Scorchers 189 for 4 (Marsh 79, Gibbs 54) beat Adelaide Strikers 91 (Coulter-Nile 3-13, Thomas 3-14) by 98 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Adelaide Strikers were crushed under the weight of a big total as Perth Scorchers romped to the semi-finals of the Big Bash League with a 98-run win at the Adelaide Oval. Aggressive half-centuries from openers Shaun Marsh and Herschelle Gibbs, and a quickfire 36 from Adam Voges led Scorchers to 189 for 4, and their opponents wilted under pressure, to be bowled out for 91, the lowest total this season, and the third lowest in BBL's history.
The 95-run opening partnership between Marsh and Gibbs set up the win for their side. Gibbs scored his second fifty this season, dominating the stand with the help of five fours and two sixes, striking many through extra cover. No. 3 Voges then took over the attacking role in the company of Marsh, and the Scorchers added another 62 runs in 5.2 overs before Voges departed in the 18th over, with his team having built a huge total already.
Marsh's innings, although marginally understated in comparison with Gibbs and Voges, was smartly constructed. In both the partnerships, he held one end up and scored the odd boundary. He was batting at around a run-a-ball till the 13th over, before lifting his strike rate marginally with Voges. When Voges got out, he was unbeaten on 64 off 53 deliveries, and in the ensuing over, he struck two fours and a six to boost his rate, before holding out to mid-off for 79 off 60.
In contrast to their innings however, the Strikers lost their openers by the second over, and couldn't recover. The middle order played cautiously till the sixth over, but soon the Strikers lost three more wickets cheaply to seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile, to be 39 for 5. The rest of the batsmen managed to add 52 runs, but the contest had been over a long time ago.
There was a brief confusion in the 11th over, when Kane Richardson trod on to his stumps while playing the pull shot. Initially, he was declared out, but without any appeal from the Scorchers' players, he was recalled. That didn't change the scenario of the match.
The loss has ended Strikers' season.*
*12:50am, January 11, 2013: The piece had initially stated that the Adelaide Strikers had a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. This has been corrected.