Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, BBL 2015-16, January 10, 2016

Carberry fifty sets up Scorchers in thriller


Perth Scorchers 5 for 173 (Carberry 62, Klinger 36) beat Hobart Hurricanes 6 for 172 (Paine 57, Agar 2-38) by one run
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Michael Carberry's 35-ball 62 propelled the Scorchers to 173 for 5 © Getty Images

More than any other team in the BBL, Perth Scorchers just seem to have a bit in reserve. Sam Whiteman, their first-choice wicketkeeper, has missed the entire tournament with injury; both Ashtons, Agar and Turner, have barely needed to bowl; David Willey, who has a 40-ball T20 century, has seldom been required with the bat; Michael Carberry, until now, has been keeping the Scorchers' bench warm.

All four of those aspects combined to secure a thrilling victory over Hobart Hurricanes before a packed house at the Bellerive Oval, as a hobbling Darren Sammy managed only four of the six runs the hosts required from the game's final ball - bowled by death specialist AJ Tye.

For the recalled Carberry, it was his bat, not the pine, that was smoking as his quickfire half-century propelled Scorchers to 173, with some brutal late hitting from Willey completing the job. With Carberry replacing Joel Paris, Scorchers looked a bowler light, but Agar took the key wickets of Kumar Sangakkara - stumped on the second attempt by Whiteman's understudy, Cameron Bancroft - and Tim Paine, bowled for 57, as Scorchers' bowlers - consistently remarkable defenders of tight totals - pulled off a strangle to win by a single run.

This was all little surprise, given the hallmarks of Scorchers' successive titles were adaptability and depth; with a place in the last four confirmed, they now know victory over Melbourne Stars at the WACA next Saturday ensures them a home semi-final, a significant step toward a third title.

Marcus Harris thrice drove Clive Rose for four in the match's opening over, but when the same bowler returned four overs later, Harris was fooled by one that was tossed up and, when he groped awkwardly forward, Paine duly stumped him. In the face of a barrage of verbals and chin music from a fired-up Shaun Tait - who had exchanged terse words with Harris - Michael Klinger was the picture of calm, swatting Sam Rainbird for a pair of leg-side fours in an over, and driving Dan Christian through cover. But Klinger was run out after some fine work in the deep by Rainbird and sharp hands from Darren Sammy. Six balls later Adam Voges slog swept Cameron Boyce straight to the man in the deep.

After marshaling their victory over Sydney Thunder three days ago, Agar had uttered the standard words of the supportive team-mate for the beleaguered colleague, claiming Carberry was "looking great in the nets." Agar was not wrong, with Carberry immediately looking in fine form, smashing Ben Dunk's apologetic offbreak over cover for four. In consecutive overs, he took Christian for three fours, then Boyce for four to bring up his 50 in 30 deliveries.

But Tait, who had been luckless in his early overs and touched 150kph, returned to stymie the Scorchers' progress. Carberry looked to cut him, but was caught behind, before Agar's leading edge went to cover. Willey's hard running pinched at least two runs from every ball of Sammy's last over - which also included a massive six over midwicket - to drag the visitors to 173.

Paine looked to anchor the Hurricanes' chase as Dunk and Sangakkara - who is averaging just 14.42 this season - fell early. Christian was promoted to No. 4 and shared 53 with his captain, before being bowled by Brad Hogg at the start of the third over. Paine nudged and nurdled effectively, reaching his fifty with a pulled six off Jason Behrendorff.

But when he missed a sweep off Agar and was bowled, a thrilling finish was set up. As Scorchers' fielding flagged, Michael Hill hit Hogg for a pair of sixes, and Jonathan Wells ran hard, but it was left to Sammy to complete the heist. He hit Behrendorff over deep midwicket for six to leave 16 required from Tye's last over. Sammy felt his hamstring twinge during a hard-run two, and hobbled through for two more the ball after. Then another of Tye's trademark yorkers claimed a dot, but Sammy stepped away and threw his hands at a wider delivery that flew into the stands at cover point.

With six required from two, Tye found a yorker that Sammy missed, and Wells was run-out sprinting down the pitch. Finally there was a four, and the Scorchers' strangle was complete. This, right here, is why they are double champions.

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  • Matthew on January 11, 2016, 2:17 GMT

    Carberry wasnt match fit when he arrived at the Scorchers earlier this year. Now he is. Hes slotted in after the loss of S Marsh quite well.

  • Wayne on January 10, 2016, 23:36 GMT

    @scritty Justin Langer has been open in saying that he wants to develop home based WA players over international players. JL had to make a decision to play Carberry v Marcus Harris and Ashton Turner. Both Harris and Turner are former Australian under 19 players with potential. With Klinger and Shaun Marsh already in the side, JL opted for youth. Half the reason why the Scorchers have played in the last 4 finals is their ability to maintain home grown talent. To do this you need to give them the opportunity. You also need to find bargain basement international players who do not want to be paid top dollar. This gives you a better opportunity to pay local players more. When you live in a wonderful place like Perth, you are more than happy to take a slight shave on your wages to stay at home. In my opinion the talent base in NSW and Victoria have definitely been splintered by the presence of two teams in their respective states.

  • Brian on January 10, 2016, 21:51 GMT

    @KK_Cricket A good summary and my thoughts exactly. Hobart are not well led or coached unfortunately, and so they always seem to be playing catch-up. Quite a bit of soul-searching and homework for them to make up the gap to the top teams.

  • John on January 10, 2016, 17:56 GMT

    I'd say Willey was unlucky not to get MOM. He blistered 25 off 9 balls and was the only bowler who bowled his full quota who went at under 6 (some 1.5 rpo better than the nearest best ER from a bowler bowling 4 overs

  • o on January 10, 2016, 15:03 GMT

    @Joshua Olsen He was used out of position at 5 or6 so didn't even bat a few occasions or just the last over or so, still the 3 games you mentioned he played loan hands especially in the do or die games when the top order failed, definitely had the most impact, he was in the top 5scorers overall and that's as I said without getting the chances or number of balls to face. 3 match winning innings in 9 games when half of them were without more than a couple of overs left is serious impact for the side much more so than Voges who had more opportunity yet scored 194 @ 32 s/r 118 compared to Carbs 266 @44 s/r 127... ignore biassed Big Bash commentators and stick to the facts.

  • Kapil on January 10, 2016, 14:36 GMT

    Hobart's sorry fielding, inexplicable captaincy and some thoughtless middle order batting are reason why they haven't won more games. After getting big wickets of Klinger and Voges, Paine didn't bring in Tait immediately and Carberry was allowed to settle in nicely against mediocre bowling of Christian. Why didn't Rainbird bowl the last over and Sammy with 120ks bowling from round the wicket was too easy for Willey who scored 25 off 9 and the score of 165 was extended till 173 and there was the game, set and tournament for Hobart. Before that Paine and Christian just didn't take calculated risks from 7-12 overs, leaving too many for the last overs. Should have made the move early for sure

  • Paul on January 10, 2016, 13:11 GMT

    Not sure why Carberry was missing up till now. No one fires more than 60% of the time in T20, but Carbs fires as often and as hard as just about anyone up the order. He's hard hitting, and consistent. If that isn't the criteria you pick your top order on - I'm not sure what is.

  • Matthew on January 10, 2016, 12:34 GMT

    Edge of the seat stuff. Scorchers dropped some catches but was highly entertaining!

  • o on January 10, 2016, 11:55 GMT

    They need to start getting Willey up the order for every game these Aussie players do not have the power to go like him, most of the mid order go run a ball every game Willey is far better man to have coming in once 10 overs have passed.

  • Joshua Olsen on January 10, 2016, 11:01 GMT

    @brutalanalyst That's false he had 2 or 3 good innings but the most consistent last season by far was Adam Voges along with Michael Klinger who was decent as well. I'd personally like to see the Scorchers go after a player like Brendan Taylor who'd be cheap or even David Miller if SA wouldn't mind him missing some FC cricket.

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