Scorchers v Thunder, BBL 2013-14, Perth January 3, 2014

Katich gives Thunder the finger


Perth Scorchers 4 for 161 (Katich 75, Marsh 34*) beat Sydney Thunder 6 for 157 (Morgan 48, Floros 37*) by six wickets

The legend of Simon Katich grows. Katich was batting with a broken finger, but a batsman with such a tough reputation was not about to miss the chance of a match-winning innings against the hapless, and still winless, Sydney Thunder.

The Scorchers' captain played a vintage hand to guide his team to a six-wicket win after entering at first drop in the fourth over with only 20 on the board, and with Thunder beginning to believe they could defend their score of 6 for 157 and claim their first win in 17 matches.

The 38-year-old hit seven fours and cleared the boundary twice during his match-winning 75. He survived a close lbw shout on 27 but was flawless thereon, playing both cross-bat shots and drives off the pace bowlers to either side of the wicket, as well as sweeps off the spinners. His best stroke was a sensational lofted cover-drive for six from the offspin of Tillakaratne Dilshan.

With support from Mitchell Marsh, Katich guided the chase to within 11 runs of victory before mis-timing a low full toss straight to mid-off. Marsh then ensured the Scorchers reached their target with four balls to spare. The Thunder were luckless again, following on from their ill fortune against the Melbourne Stars.

The Thunder's batting innings started with great promise only to fall in a heap as Dilshan and Daniel Hughes departed within five balls of each other, after an electric 38-run stand. It was left to Mike Hussey and Eoin Morgan to mount yet another rescue mission. Hussey was booed to the crease by the fickle Scorchers fans and cheered on his way back to the pavilion after falling to a great catch from Craig Simmons for just 13.

Morgan, in his last game before reporting for England duties, picked up the slack for his captain. He played magnificently for 48 from 30 balls but was run-out in bizarre fashion. He dived for his crease after driving back to the bowler and Marsh's throw struck the stumps at the precise moment Morgan's bat bounced in the air despite being well over the line.

The Thunder batsmen found Brad Hogg was almost unplayable as the left-arm chinaman bowler got Kurtis Patterson through the gate and Ryan Carters around his legs with a wrong 'un to finish with 2 for 20 from four overs. Jason Floros produced a late flourish with a well-crafted 37 not out to push the total to 157.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • James on January 5, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    @thinkingcricket: More like dumbingcricket. If anyone of those players can average over 50 like Hussey did in test cricket then they can be good.

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Simon Katich I agree what Dragoncricketer has said . What bad luck he underwent being looking after his mum, chicken pox hile on tour, injured at wrong time. And because he was captaincy material ne had detracors like Ponting and Clark. I ama Srilankan Aussie having followed world cricket for 50 years, Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney

  • David on January 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Simon Katich - What a player. What a test waste. 1500 run record in shield to get back in the test side and unceremoniously dumped due to age averageing 50 or 60 in his recent past test year or 2. He would have been great in the northern ashes just past. Oh well.

  • Jai on January 4, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    JamalJackson- You are analyzing T-20 with a ODI mindset. In T-20's 20 (11) is a much much better performance than 30 (30). Throwing away wickets are fine as long as you score very fast, and the results of the relative players teams speak for themselves.

    As for Warner very good, but over-rated as he is not the elite top 5 or 10 in world people think he is.

  • Android on January 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Thunder=a team full of stars but only by names

  • Jamal on January 4, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @ThinkingCricket - You're definitely not 'Thinking Cricket' when you say that statement. Lumb is terrible, Hales; who the hell is that? Maddinson is decent, not consistent enough, Maxwell is life Afridi, one good innings and gets out in awful fashion every other time, Wright is decent, but his bowling is rubbish and most of the time gives away more runs with his bowling than the amount of runs he gets while batting. White is a 50 over player. 20/20 is not his strength. Hodge is the only one on that list who could match with the names mentioned first.

    FYI Khawaja is not over-rated. Everyone thinks he is terrible, which is backed up by his international statistics. And Warner is definitely not over-rated.

  • Jai on January 4, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    The problem is that Warner, Khawaja, Hussey, Morgan and Dilshan are ALL highly over-rated players. Out of that Warner is still very good while being over-rated, and Hussey and Morgan are just about good. The rest are weak. Every single one of these batsmen has a propensity to waste balls getting themselves set and when they don't come off the team is in huge trouble with no runs on board and wickets down.

    Players like Lumb, Hales, Maddinson, Maxwell, Hodge, Wright, White and the like are miles better than these over-rated internationals.

  • David on January 4, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Those players would`t make a difference. The team just haven`t performed to their potential.

  • Michael on January 4, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    class9ryan - A lot of those questions have been answered. The Thunder squad changed a lot since last year, with the main change bringing Hussey in as captain. They have just had some bad luck/decisions, as well as Khawaja getting injured in the first game, and could have easily won 2 of the games so far. Hartley, Abbott (who is signed to the Thunder), Stoinis (who has played for the Stars, not just warming a bench) aren't that good and would not have made much of a difference.

  • Patrick on January 3, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    Warner, Khawaja, Hussey, Morgan, Dilshan, Nannes --> they look pretty good on paper though!

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