Scorchers v Hurricanes, BBL final, Perth February 7, 2014

Marsh brothers give Scorchers title

Perth Scorchers 4 for 191 (Shaun Marsh 63, Simmons 45) beat Hobart Hurricanes 7 for 152 (Bailey 58, Hogg 2-17, Thomas 2-23, Behrendorff 2-24) by 39 runs
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The third time was a charm for the Perth Scorchers as they claimed their first BBL title with a dominant 39-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes at their home ground.

The Scorchers victory was set up by some extraordinary hitting from the Marsh brothers. Shaun, who was not deemed fit to fly to South Africa for Australia's Test tour, produced an unbeaten 63 from just 43 balls whilst his younger brother Mitchell belted 37 off 12 to power the Scorchers to a match-winning total.

Jason Behrendorff and Man of the Match Brad Hogg both bowled superbly, picking up two wickets each to ensure the Hurricanes fell well short of their target.

The Scorchers gambled on Shaun Marsh's troublesome calf and it proved an inspired move. He came out in the fourth over with the score at just 11 after the fall of Scorchers captain Simon Katich. He played the support act initially as an in-form Craig Simmons struck five fours and two sixes after scoring just six runs in his first 14 balls. But his luck ran out when he sliced Evan Gulbis to third man.

Marsh picked up the slack. He launched the legspin of Cameron Boyce twice into the stands in the 13th over. He was aided brilliantly by Adam Voges as the pair combined for 63 runs in just six overs.

When Voges fell for 27, Mitchell Marsh walked out and exploded. Out of the 12 balls he faced, four peppered the crowd and three found the rope to rocket the Scorchers total to 4 for 191.

The Hurricanes had relied heavily on Ben Dunk and Tim Paine throughout the tournament but Behrendorff accounted for both of them with another outstanding spell in the Powerplay. The left-armer jolted Paine's offstump with a full inswinger and built enough pressure on Dunk to force a mistake.

Hogg was called upon with the required run rate at more than 10-an-over. His four overs cost just 17 runs and he bamboozled Jonathan Wells and forced Travis Birt to hole out.

The only batsman the Scorchers could not contain was George Bailey who kept his head while all around him were losing theirs. His 58 from 32 balls was a masterclass in manipulation and power-hitting. But without any support he could not keep touch with the required rate and went down with the sinking ship in the 15th over.

The Hurricanes batted out the overs but only to delay the Scorchers' celebration. The 20,783-strong record crowd at the WACA had seen their team fall twice before at the final hurdle. Not a third time.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • Michael on February 7, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Tarun Goyal - Marsh playing a T20 match versus a 3-Test series isn't comparable. And you're right for Mitch Marsh needing more consistency but it would require a record-breaking couple of seasons in Shield cricket for him to even be considered an international allrounder. Kallis is a once in a lifetime cricketer, Watson was dubbed as the next Kallis and that is now laughable.

  • Xiong on February 7, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @Tarun This may surprise you but one 40 over match is less than three 5 day test matches.

    @morriarty Bailey is a brilliant short form batsman, one of the best in the world. In test cricket the only way he finds is a way to get out though. My feeling is that it isn't as much that he didn't make runs in the ashes, it's more the absolutely horrendous ways he managed to get out. He looked like a complete amateur with absolutely no solid technique whatsoever... he was truly painful to watch in that series. Made Watson look like an impenetrable fortress which is no mean feat.

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    What a game for Mitch marsh to fire, I hope he continues on a winning streak and kicks ass in the champions league later this year.

    Hopefully the Perth scorchers live up to their full potentiall at the champions league

  • Android on February 7, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    s.marsh is fit then y was he replaced by hughes in oz squad.......m.marsh would be nxt kallis for oz cricket need some consistency.cummins needs 2 more sheild season and injury free season

  • Steve on February 7, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Congratulation's Scorches awesome win. How good to see local cricket played to such a high standard. Well done channel 10, putting the BBL on free to air has raised the profile of the second tier players and has people talking domestic cricket for the first time in years. It takes me back to the late 70s when the last session of the Sheffield Shield was on the ABC.

    Dare I say it but cricket is the winner here.

  • aj on February 7, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    rediculous they left bailey out of the test team...

    I can't remember when an aussie player has been so dominant...he just needed some time to get the get the idea of test cricket . Anyone who can smack anderson for 28 in one over is my first picked need players in your team who seem to find a way , Bailey does this.

    Hogg has been apart of 2 world cup wins and now the BBl win. What an entertainer and what an enthusiastic lover of being a player . A champion plays well in big games , in grand finals . 2/17 in a 20/20 GF is just awesome.

    well done hoggy.

  • Android on February 7, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    The trophy is gained,embarrassment is complete.Scorchers have beaten Hurricanes in the final.I take my comment back at what I said at the start of this season that the Scorchers can never win the BBL.It was a great comeback by the Scorchers,considering the state they were in the first 2 matches.

    Overall,a great performance, a great tournament and congrats to both the finalists.Looking forward to your performances in the CLT20 2014.

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