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