Hello all and welcome to the coverage of the Big Bash League. In today's match, Perth Scorchers will take on the table toppers Melbourne Renegades. News from the middle is that the Renegades have won the toss and they would be fielding.

If you haven't heard it yet, Michael Hussey will retire from Tests after the Sydney Test and from international cricket after the ODI's against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Enough reason for the Scorchers to bring in their best game tonight ?

Kishu talking about Hussey says this "I wonder who will take his place now,,,Should I go to Australia,,,every week there is a new vacant place in that middle order" Given the recent spate of injuries to the Sri Lankans, you are sure to get a place in at least one of the two teams

0.1

Sheridan to Marsh, no run, shapes it away from the left handed Marsh. The batsman shoulders arms

0.2

Sheridan to Marsh, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Marsh steers it to third-man and gets off the mark with a single

0.3

Sheridan to Gibbs, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Gibbs stays on the backfoot and punches it to cover

0.4

Sheridan to Gibbs, no run, how could that ball not get a wicket? Pitches on the middle stump line and straightens as it gets closer to the batsman. Gibbs looks to defend it and is beaten

0.5

Sheridan to Gibbs, 1 run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Gibbs closes the face of the bat and turns it to deep midwicket for a single

0.6

Sheridan to Marsh, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Marsh moves across and lets it pass to the keeper. Good over by Sheridan, especially that jaffa to Gibbs

End of over 1 (2 runs) Perth Scorchers 2/0
SE Marsh    1* (3b)      WD Sheridan    1-0-2-0
HH Gibbs    1* (3b)     

1.1

Rimmington to Gibbs, no run, fuller and wider outside the off stump. Gibbs looks like he is waiting for the short ball as he is waiting on the backfoot and leaves it alone

1.2

Rimmington to Gibbs, FOUR, this time around it is a short ball and Gibbs is waiting! He gets back, gets his bat to the ball and unleashes the most ferocious of the cut shot in the business. Gets a boundary

1.3

Rimmington to Gibbs, no run, lets it pass to the keeper

1.4

Rimmington to Gibbs, no run, good length ball on the off stump. Gibbs comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

1.5

Rimmington to Gibbs, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Gibbs steers it to the third-man and gets himself a single

1.6

Rimmington to Marsh, FOUR, on the pads. Marsh pushes it past the short fine-leg for a boundary

End of over 2 (9 runs) Perth Scorchers 11/0
SE Marsh    5* (4b 1x4)      NJ Rimmington    1-0-9-0
HH Gibbs    6* (8b 1x4)      WD Sheridan    1-0-2-0

2.1

Sheridan to Gibbs, SIX, half-volley outside the off stump. Gibbs lofts it over the long-on fence for the first six of the innings

2.2

Sheridan to Gibbs, no run

2.3

Sheridan to Gibbs, 2 runs, short ball on the off stump. Gibbs pulls it to deep square-leg for a couple

2.4

Sheridan to Gibbs, no run

2.5

Sheridan to Gibbs, 1 run, good length ball on the leg stump. Gibbs takes the front foot off the way and turns it to square-leg for a single

2.6

Sheridan to Marsh, FOUR, looks like Marsh is putting his hand up for the vacant middle order spot after Hussey. A fuller ball that Marsh leans into and flicks it past midwicket for a boundary

End of over 3 (13 runs) Perth Scorchers 24/0
SE Marsh    9* (5b 2x4)      WD Sheridan    2-0-15-0
HH Gibbs    15* (13b 1x4 1x6)      NJ Rimmington    1-0-9-0

3.1

Pattinson to Gibbs, no run

3.2

Pattinson to Gibbs, no run, stays on the backfoot and cuts it to cover

3.3

Pattinson to Gibbs, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Gibbs moves far across, pre-meditated of course, and paddle flicks it to fine-leg for a boundary

3.4

Pattinson to Gibbs, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Gibbs stays rooted this time and connect well as he smashes it over covers for another boundary

3.5

Pattinson to Gibbs, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Gibbs slices it to point

3.6

Pattinson to Gibbs, 1 run, full-toss outside the off stump. Gibbs comes forward and punches it to mid-off for a single

End of over 4 (9 runs) Perth Scorchers 33/0
HH Gibbs    24* (19b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Pattinson    1-0-9-0
SE Marsh    9* (5b 2x4)      WD Sheridan    2-0-15-0

4.1

Samuels to Gibbs, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

4.2

Samuels to Gibbs, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Gibbs defends it to the off side again

4.3

Samuels to Gibbs, no run, slower ball outside the off stump(!) Gibbs plays for the ball early and is beaten

4.4

Samuels to Gibbs, 2 runs, short and pulls it to deep midwicket for a couple

4.5

Samuels to Gibbs, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

4.5

Samuels to Gibbs, no run, short ball on the off stump. Gibbs pushes it to the leg side and refuses a single

4.6

Samuels to Gibbs, 1 run, shorter than the previous ball. Gibbs pushes it to the leg side and gets himself a single

End of over 5 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 37/0
HH Gibbs    27* (25b 3x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-4-0
SE Marsh    9* (5b 2x4)      DJ Pattinson    1-0-9-0

5.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run

5.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, SIX, fuller ball on the leg stump. Gibbs makes room and lofts it ten rown into the crowd at long-on

5.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, 1 run, pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

5.4

O'Brien to Marsh, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to deep midwicket for a single

5.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, SIX, short ball outside the off stump. Gibbs pulls it over cow corner for his third six of the innings

5.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

End of over 6 (14 runs) Perth Scorchers 51/0
HH Gibbs    40* (30b 3x4 3x6)      AW O'Brien    1-0-14-0
SE Marsh    10* (6b 2x4)      MN Samuels    1-0-4-0

6.1

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Marsh drives it to sweeper cover for a single

6.2

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 run, pushes it to cover for a single

6.3

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Marsh comes down the track and drives it to long-off for a single

6.4

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 run, slaps it to long-off for a single

6.5

Muralitharan to Marsh, 2 runs

6.6

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, pushes it to the leg side for a single

End of over 7 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 58/0
SE Marsh    15* (10b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-7-0
HH Gibbs    42* (32b 3x4 3x6)      AW O'Brien    1-0-14-0

7.1

Finch to Marsh, no run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Marsh pushes it to midwicket

7.2

Finch to Marsh, no run, spears it onto Marsh's pads. Marsh looks to flick it and is beaten

7.3

Finch to Marsh, 1 run, pushes it to long-on for a single

7.4

Finch to Gibbs, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Gibbs makes room and frees his arms as he goes inside out to sweeper cover for a boundary

7.5

Finch to Gibbs, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

7.5

Finch to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, off the pads to the leg side for a leg-bye

7.6

Finch to Marsh, no run, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 8 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 65/0
SE Marsh    16* (14b 2x4)      AJ Finch    1-0-6-0
HH Gibbs    46* (34b 4x4 3x6)      M Muralitharan    1-0-7-0

8.1

Muralitharan to Gibbs, SIX, What.A.Way to get to the half-century. He lofts the ball on the middle stump over long-on for his fourth six and gets to his first half-century this season

8.2

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 run

8.3

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, turns it to deep square-leg for a single

8.4

Muralitharan to Gibbs, 1 run, off the inside edge to square-leg for a single

8.5

Muralitharan to Marsh, no run

8.6

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, turns it to square-leg for a single

End of over 9 (10 runs) Perth Scorchers 75/0
SE Marsh    18* (17b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-17-0
HH Gibbs    54* (37b 4x4 4x6)      AJ Finch    1-0-6-0

9.1

Finch to Marsh, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

9.2

Finch to Gibbs, 2 runs, comes down the track and turns it to leg side for a couple

9.3

Finch to Gibbs, OUT, fuller ball outside the off stump. Gibbs makes room and lofts it to long-off where O'Brien runs to his natural side, left, and takes a good sliding catch. Gibbs is frustrated after he played the shot

HH Gibbs c O'Brien b Finch 56 (39b 4x4 4x6) SR: 143.58

9.4

Finch to Voges, 1 run

9.5

Finch to Marsh, 1 run, turns it to short fine-leg for a single

9.6

Finch to Voges, 1 run

End of over 10 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 81/1
AC Voges    2* (2b)      AJ Finch    2-0-12-1
SE Marsh    20* (19b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-17-0

10.1

Samuels to Voges, 2 runs, on the leg stump line. Samuels turns it to fine-leg and gets himself a couple

10.2

Samuels to Voges, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Voges reverse sweps it past the short third-man fielder for a boundary

10.3

Samuels to Voges, 1 run, drives it to long-on for a single

10.4

Samuels to Marsh, 1 run, steers it to short third-man for a single

10.5

Samuels to Voges, 1 run, turns it to square-leg and sets off for a single

10.6

Samuels to Marsh, 1 run

End of over 11 (10 runs) Perth Scorchers 91/1
SE Marsh    22* (21b 2x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-14-0
AC Voges    10* (6b 1x4)      AJ Finch    2-0-12-1

11.1

Finch to Marsh, SIX, now it is Marsh's time to go boom boom! Clears the frontfoot and smashes it over long-on for a six

11.2

Finch to Marsh, 2 runs

11.3

Finch to Marsh, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

11.4

Finch to Voges, 1 run

11.5

Finch to Marsh, 2 runs, comes forward and turns it to wide long-on for a couple

11.6

Finch to Marsh, 1 run

End of over 12 (13 runs) Perth Scorchers 104/1
SE Marsh    34* (26b 2x4 1x6)      AJ Finch    3-0-25-1
AC Voges    11* (7b 1x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-14-0

12.1

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Marsh forces it to the leg side for a single

12.2

Muralitharan to Voges, 1 run, on the leg stump. Voges turns it to short fine-leg for a single

12.3

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, plays it with soft hands to square-leg and gets himself a single

12.4

Muralitharan to Voges, 1 run, comes down the track and punches it to long-on for a single

12.5

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run

12.6

Muralitharan to Voges, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Voges pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 13 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 110/1
AC Voges    14* (10b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-23-0
SE Marsh    37* (29b 2x4 1x6)      AJ Finch    3-0-25-1

13.1

Rimmington to Voges, FOUR, on the off stump. Voges, powerfully whips it to deep midwicket for a boundary

13.2

Rimmington to Voges, 1 run, pushes it to the leg single for a single

13.3

Rimmington to Marsh, 2 runs, square-drives it to deep point for a couple

13.4

Rimmington to Marsh, no run, looks to steer it and is beaten

13.5

Rimmington to Marsh, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to long-off for a single

13.6

Rimmington to Voges, FOUR, on the leg stump. Voges moves across and 'ramps' it to fine-leg for a boundary

End of over 14 (12 runs) Perth Scorchers 122/1
AC Voges    23* (13b 3x4)      NJ Rimmington    2-0-21-0
SE Marsh    40* (32b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-23-0

14.1

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run

14.2

Muralitharan to Voges, 1 run, cuts it to sweeper cover for a single

14.3

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side for a single

14.4

Muralitharan to Voges, 1 run, steers it to short third-man for a single

14.5

Muralitharan to Marsh, no run, looks to defend it and is beaten

14.6

Muralitharan to Marsh, 2 runs, comes down the track and punches it to long-off for a couple

End of over 15 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 128/1
SE Marsh    44* (36b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    4-0-29-0
AC Voges    25* (15b 3x4)      NJ Rimmington    2-0-21-0

15.1

Pattinson to Voges, 1 run, full-toss on the middle stump. Voges pushes it to long-on for a single

15.2

Pattinson to Marsh, 1 wide, wide as it is too short and sails high over the batsman's head

15.2

Pattinson to Marsh, 1 run, full-toss outside the off stump. Marsh cuts and sets off for a quick single. Rohrer saves three runs for his team at point

15.3

Pattinson to Voges, no run, wide ball outside the off stump. It came in as Voges made his intentions clear by moving across. He looks to paddle it and is beaten

15.4

Pattinson to Voges, 2 runs, short ball outside the off stump. Voges looks to slice it and gets the top edge to deep point for a couple

15.5

Pattinson to Voges, FOUR, this time he connects with the ramp as it was on the middle stump and gets himself a boundary. Voges is playing a superb innings

15.6

Pattinson to Voges, 1 run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Voges makes room and pushes it to long-on for a single

End of over 16 (10 runs) Perth Scorchers 138/1
AC Voges    33* (20b 4x4)      DJ Pattinson    2-0-19-0
SE Marsh    45* (37b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    4-0-29-0

16.1

Samuels to Voges, 1 run

16.2

Samuels to Marsh, no run

16.3

Samuels to Marsh, 2 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. Marsh smashes it past the bowler to long-on for a couple

16.4

Samuels to Marsh, 1 run

16.5

Samuels to Voges, 1 run, fuller ball on the leg stump. Voges turns it to deep midwicket for a single

16.6

Samuels to Marsh, SIX, fuller ball outside the off stump. Marsh gets down on his backfoot and plays the most convincing of the crosscourt forehands you will ever see. What's more, he gets to his half century as well

End of over 17 (11 runs) Perth Scorchers 149/1
SE Marsh    54* (41b 2x4 2x6)      MN Samuels    3-0-25-0
AC Voges    35* (22b 4x4)      DJ Pattinson    2-0-19-0

17.1

Finch to Voges, 1 run

17.2

Finch to Marsh, SIX, fuller ball on the leg stump. The sort of deliveries that Marsh struggled to play in the first over of Finch. This time, he lofts it over long-on for a huge six

17.3

Finch to Marsh, 1 run, sweeps it to fine-leg for a single

17.4

Finch to Voges, 1 run, guides it to short third-man for a single

17.5

Finch to Marsh, SIX, fuller ball outside the off stump. Marsh lofts it over long-off for the second six of the over

17.6

Finch to Marsh, SIX, short ball on the off stump. Marsh rocks back, swivels and pulls it over square-leg for another six- the third of the over

End of over 18 (21 runs) Perth Scorchers 170/1
SE Marsh    73* (45b 2x4 5x6)      AJ Finch    4-0-46-1
AC Voges    37* (24b 4x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-25-0

18.1

Samuels to Voges, 1 run, pushes it to long-on for a single

18.2

Samuels to Marsh, FOUR, full-toss outside the off stump. Marsh slices it past the fielder at point for a boundary

18.3

Samuels to Marsh, 2 runs, pushes it to long-on for a couple

18.4

Samuels to Marsh, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to deep midwicket for a single

18.5

Samuels to Voges, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Voges comes down the track and drives it to long-off for a single

18.6

Samuels to Marsh, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Marsh slaps it to sweeper cover for a single

End of over 19 (10 runs) Perth Scorchers 180/1
SE Marsh    81* (49b 3x4 5x6)      MN Samuels    4-0-35-0
AC Voges    39* (26b 4x4)      AJ Finch    4-0-46-1

19.1

Sheridan to Marsh, 2 runs, short ball on the leg stump. Slower too. Marsh pulls it to deep midwicket for a couple

19.2

Sheridan to Marsh, 2 runs, fuller and slower on the off stump. MArsh looks to go over long-on. He gets a top edge to deep midwicket. Samuels can't get to that and spills the catch

19.3

Sheridan to Marsh, OUT, slower ball outisde the off stump. Marsh pulls, but his luck runs out this time as Samuels runs to his right and takes the catch. A brilliant innings by Marsh comes to an end

SE Marsh c Samuels b Sheridan 85 (52b 3x4 5x6) SR: 163.46

19.4

Sheridan to Voges, 1 run, slower ball outside the off stump. Voges looks to pull and gets a top edge that just makes it over the keeper's head for a single

19.5

Sheridan to Coulter-Nile, OUT, fuller ball outside the off stump. Coulter-Nile swings and misses. Voges wants to get to the strike and is beaten by the throw

AC Voges run out 40 (27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 148.14

19.6

Sheridan to Triffitt, 2 runs, on the leg stump. Triffitt chips it to midwicket and gets himself a couple. That's the highest score of this season

That Marsh paced his innings superbly goes without saying. He played only 6 balls in the Powerplay when Gibbs was going strong at the other end. He was on 20 when the eleventh over started. The six that he hit of Samuels seemed to have turned the floodgates on as Renegades took 21 off the next over and propelled themselves to the highest score of the tournament.

Join us in 15 minutes to know if Renegades chase this down and post the highest score of this season

End of over 20 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 187/3
TIF Triffitt    2* (1b)      WD Sheridan    3-0-22-1
NM Coulter-Nile    0* (1b)      MN Samuels    4-0-35-0
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Photos

Dec 29, 2012

Perth Scorchers' Alfonso Thomas took 4 for 8, Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, BBL, Perth, December 29, 2012

Perth Scorchers' Alfonso Thomas took 4 for 8

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Dec 29, 2012

Shaun Marsh goes over the top during his 85, Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, BBL, Perth, December 29, 2012

Shaun Marsh goes over the top during his 85

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