Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Auckland v Perth Scorchers at Centurion, Oct 23, 2012
Perth Scorchers won by 16 runs
Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion (neutral venue)
23 October 2012 (20-over match)

Kyle Mills is ready with the ball. Herschelle Gibbs's last chance in the tournament

1.20pm "With this gift of resting key players, if Auckland win the kiwis should stop whinging about the underarm ball. This is our olive branch. Take it, New Zealand." How generous, Gareth. And Nishank points me to Bruce Martin's profile picture on Cricinfo. It's indeed legendary

1pm Marcus North has won the toss, and Perth Scorchers are going to bat first. Welcome to the penultimate league match of the Champions League 2012. Auckland Aces need to win to stay alive in the tournament, and Sorchers are already out

Just as we were wondering if Scorchers would go all out, with no fear of consequence, like Chennai Super Kings did the other day, North brings the news that Marsh brothers and Rimmington have been rested. North reasons that they may as well give everybody at least one hit. Fair enough

Aces won't mind it, though. They are without allrounder Andre Adams, so they need all the help they can get. Bruce Martin replaces Adams

Just a reminder: Aces, with 6 points, can make the night game exciting by winning and going level with Delhi Daredevils at 10 points. Daredevils play Titans in the night game. Titans are at eight points


Mills to Gibbs, no run, short of a length, on off, stays low a bit, defends


Mills to Gibbs, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended again


Mills to Gibbs, 1 run, length ball, pushed wide of cover

"Collie is a great replacement for Mitchell Marsh. The Ginger Ninja is a really effective and handy T20 player. Even more dangerous as you can't read his facial expressions, courtesy of his eyebrows." GK, don't forget his six-inch back lift for sixes


Mills to North, no run, length ball, on off, seams away to beat his prodding bat


Mills to North, no run, opens the face, down into the ground, but finds second slip


Mills to North, no run, short of a length, on middle and off, no room, defended

End of over 1 (1 run) Perth Scorchers 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • MJ North 0 (3b)
    • HH Gibbs 1 (3b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-1-0

"I knew Marcus North was the nicest man in world cricket! Smart though, he needs the Marsh bros dominating in Shield cricket this season,." Jonesy, are Marshes to WA what Watson is to Australia? I guess they are

The only surviving Michael Bates in this tournament to bowl now


Bates to Gibbs, 1 run, swinging in to the pads, worked away to long leg


Bates to North, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for a single

"Surely Chris Martin's legendary allround skills would have given him a spot ahead of Bruce. I'm not from Perth or Auckland, I just want to see The Phantom" Sam, they are resting Tom keeping the Test series in Sri Lanka in mind


Bates to Gibbs, FOUR, swiped away, from a length just outside off. Clears midwicket


Bates to Gibbs, OUT, Gibss's horror tournament comes to an end. He has hit a length ball straight down mid-off's throat. Disappointing shot to top up a disappointing tournament

HH Gibbs c Munro b Bates 6 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

"I'm not sure this counts as an olive branch. The Perth players have hardly set the tournament alight..." Simon, then again, Trevor Chappell wasn't flash either

Here is Simon Katich


Bates to Katich, no run, bottom-edges the first ball he faces. Safely away from the stumps


Bates to Katich, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended with an open face

End of over 2 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 7/1 (RR: 3.50)

    • SM Katich 0 (2b)
    • MJ North 1 (4b)
    • MD Bates 1-0-6-1
    • KD Mills 1-0-1-0

Gibbs and Tendulkar will be my openers for the flop XI of this tournament. Who would have thought?


Mills to North, no run, short of a length, on off, defended. Not looking like a T20 at the moment


Mills to North, no run, pushed into the leg side, but straight to midwicket

Are North's patchy pads his reply to S Waugh's ragged baggy green?


Mills to North, no run, punched away square, but finds point

"How about having North and Katich batting in the powerplay? can't get more generous than that!" Marcus, you might be on to something


Mills to North, no run, slower ball, short of a length, defended with an open face


Mills to North, 1 run, North mis-hits this towards mid-on to break the maiden. Lucky for North it hasn't carried all the way


Mills to Katich, no run, Katich tries the late-cut, but can't get it past point

End of over 3 (1 run) Perth Scorchers 8/1 (RR: 2.66)

    • SM Katich 0 (3b)
    • MJ North 2 (9b)
    • KD Mills 2-0-2-0
    • MD Bates 1-0-6-1

"Talking about comparisons, I was wondering if Michael Beer and Lyon, Nathan (aka Lion Nathan the brewer) were in the same side, would this be the first time a product and manufacturer were in the same side??" Oh John Garvey, don't remind me of that. It was a mad house in here when Lyon replaced Beer. A book could be written from those puns


Bates to North, FOUR, punched away into the on side. Not too short, but North has short-armed it through square leg for four


Bates to North, FOUR, walks down the wicket, gets right to its pitch, and drives this past extra cover. Doesn't even run for this. Doesn't need to

"I love it when batsmen block out the first over in T20. It makes me think 'Hmmm, I wonder if there's any televised Lawn Bowls on tonight'." Or golf, Gareth?


Bates to North, no run, short of a length, on off, defended

"I have yet not seen any remarks from IPL lovers on Scorcher's team selection today. Isn't this selection sort of putting at risk DD's qualification for Semi's ?" Amjad, looking at the performance of three IPl sides, IPL fans are - rightly - lying low. I like a conspiracy theory myself. So well done


Bates to North, no run, drives away from the body, mis-hit to point


Bates to North, FOUR, down the wicket, takes it on the full, and drives it wide of mid-off

"North and Katich batting. Anyone got any paint drying?" James, paint had just begun to dry, but North smacked three fours in the last over


Bates to North, no run, full, middle, driven to mid-on

End of over 4 (12 runs) Perth Scorchers 20/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • MJ North 14 (15b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 0 (3b)
    • MD Bates 2-0-18-1
    • KD Mills 2-0-2-0

Mills to Katich, no run, short, angling away, cut away, but straight to point


Mills to Katich, 1 run, dabs this away to third man for one


Mills to North, 1 run, offcutter, slower, runs this down behind square for one


Mills to Katich, 1 run, back-cut away to square third man


Mills to North, no run, slower length ball, driven back to Mills who fields in his follow-through


Mills to North, 1 run, punched it down to mid-off for one

End of over 5 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 24/1 (RR: 4.80)

    • MJ North 16 (18b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 2 (6b)
    • KD Mills 3-0-6-0
    • MD Bates 2-0-18-1

"Those poor IPL teams, if only they had the budget and the following of Auckland, then they'd be able to compete." Yes, Paul, like one IPL official remarked, Indian teams have only four foreigners, while other CL teams have 11 foreigners (from Indian perspective)

Here's Azhar Mahmood


Azhar Mahmood to North, no run, length ball, pitches outside leg, angling towards the stumps, flicked to midwicket


Azhar Mahmood to North, 1 run, short of a length, tries the pull, the mis-hit gets them one to deep square

"Suggestion on Twitter is that Marsh Bros were dropped for off field behaviour, not rested. Any news on this?" Not yet, James. That remains rumour at the moment


Azhar Mahmood to Katich, no run, tries the cut, gets a bottom edge through to the keeper. On the bounce of course


Azhar Mahmood to Katich, FOUR, short and wide and at generous pace, Katich cuts the pants off this ball

"Is that a 'Spartan' in North's hands? I'm not sure he's endorsing the bat quite as well as Gayle!" Phil, not sure Andrew from Yorkshire is endorsing the phonetic Ga-ayle quite as well


Azhar Mahmood to Katich, 1 run, cut away, slight mis-hit but will get a single


Azhar Mahmood to North, no run, yorker from Mahmood, ends the over well

End of over 6 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 30/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • MJ North 17 (21b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 7 (9b 1x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-6-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-6-0

"Maybe, if Indians could play in other T20 leagues, it would help the IPL teams compete (more Indians in other teams)? For example, if Sachin had played for Sydney, they probably wouldn't have a 100% record." James, that's naughty

Martin to bowl now


Martin to Katich, no run, full, driven straight to extra cover


Martin to Katich, 1 run, dabbed behind square for one


Martin to North, 1 run, driven down to long-off


Martin to Katich, 1 run, really slow through the air, flicked away off his toes for one


Martin to North, no run, goes for the reverse sweep, misses it, but Hopkins collects this half-volley outside off very well


Martin to North, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long-on

End of over 7 (4 runs) Perth Scorchers 34/1 (RR: 4.85)

    • MJ North 19 (24b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 9 (12b 1x4)
    • BP Martin 1-0-4-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-6-0

Here's Hira


Hira to North, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away


Hira to Katich, no run, opens the face to late-cut this from in front of the stumps, but finds short third


Hira to Katich, 1 run, driven to long-on


Hira to North, 1 run, tries the sweep, gets a leg-bye behind square


Hira to Katich, 1 run, punched away behind square on the off side


Hira to North, 1 run, reverses this to short third man for his 1000th T20 run

End of over 8 (5 runs) Perth Scorchers 39/1 (RR: 4.87)

    • MJ North 22 (27b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 11 (15b 1x4)
    • RM Hira 1-0-5-0
    • BP Martin 1-0-4-0

"This olive branch is starting to take the mick now!! Scorchers they are not!!!" Stevo, this is a new format of cricket: Test20


Martin to North, 2 runs, full, on off, driven straight of long-off for two


Martin to North, 2 runs, slog-sweeps this wide of deep midwicket

"Looking forward to the bowling powerplay. Oh, sorry, this is T20." James, again this is Test20


Martin to North, no run, padded away, but finds short fine


Martin to North, no run, jumps out of the crease, yorks himself up, pushed back to the bowler


Martin to North, FOUR, that's flat and wide outside leg, and he sweeps it wide of short fine leg. Much-needed boundary


Martin to North, no run, reverse-sweeps now, but can't beat Mills at short third man

End of over 9 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 47/1 (RR: 5.22)

    • MJ North 30 (33b 4x4)
    • SM Katich 11 (15b 1x4)
    • BP Martin 2-0-12-0
    • RM Hira 1-0-5-0

Hira to Katich, 1 run, short, outside leg, lapped to short fine


Hira to North, SIX, that was badly needed. Length ball, flat, plants the front foot down and slogs it over wide long-on


Hira to North, 1 run, worked away off the pad for one


Hira to Katich, 1 wide, fired in for a wide outside leg


Hira to Katich, FOUR, starts on leg stump again, and he has cleverly lapped this fine of short fine


Hira to Katich, 2 runs, short-arm pull, wide of deep square


Hira to Katich, OUT, late-cut straight to short third man, and Mills throws well. He has caught North well short with a direct hit

MJ North run out 37 (39m 35b 4x4 1x6) SR: 105.71

End of over 10 (15 runs) Perth Scorchers 62/2 (RR: 6.20)

    • SM Katich 18 (19b 2x4)
    • RM Hira 2-0-20-0
    • BP Martin 2-0-12-0

"conspiracy theories?? The whole game of cricket has become a big conspiracy with well written scripts and executed beautifully. And people still talk naively about conspiracy???" Superb, Rakesh. Plot thickens


Martin to Katich, 1 run, worked away into the leg side for a single

Paul Collingwood walks out with his six-inch back lift


Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, drives in front of his body, gets a thick edge for one


Martin to Katich, 1 run, low full toss, hit straight to deep midwicket


Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, down the wicket, bunts it towards deep midwicket for one


Martin to Katich, 1 run, full, on the pads, worked away to deep midwicket


Martin to Collingwood, no run, quicker, offbreak too, turns away from leg line, gets a a thick edge, which falls safe

End of over 11 (5 runs) Perth Scorchers 67/2 (RR: 6.09)

    • PD Collingwood 2 (3b)
    • SM Katich 21 (22b 2x4)
    • BP Martin 3-0-17-0
    • RM Hira 2-0-20-0

"This is quick batting remember the Windies were 32/2 after 10 overs in the T20 World Cup." Yes, Chris, that match has ruined all old-fashioned one-sided thrashings


Hira to Katich, OUT, timber. Katich has shuffled too far. He just keeps going across to a straight delivery, allowing it free passage to clip the leg stump. Just like S Marsh and S Katich the other day, these two are gone in the same breath after slow starts. You can't eat up so many deliveries and then get out. Oh, that hit the thigh pad, and deflected back towards the stumps

SM Katich b Hira 21 (37m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.30


Hira to Beaton, 1 run, punched down the ground for one


Hira to Collingwood, no run, punched back to the bowler


Hira to Collingwood, 1 run, down the wicket to bunt this full delivery into the on side


Hira to Beaton, 1 run, pushed wide of point for one


Hira to Collingwood, FOUR, nicely slog-swept away with a six-inch back lift. Along the ground, between deep square leg and deep midwicket

End of over 12 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 74/3 (RR: 6.16)

    • PD Collingwood 7 (6b 1x4)
    • TM Beaton 2 (2b)
    • RM Hira 3-0-27-1
    • BP Martin 3-0-17-0

Martin to Beaton, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, driven wide of the bowler for one


Martin to Collingwood, FOUR, nicely driven. Along the ground, to the left of extra cover, and to the right of sweeper-cover. Lovely placement


Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, drifting into the pads, worked away for a single


Martin to Beaton, 1 run, driven powerfully down to long-off

"Sidharth, surely only Michael Beer would push a shot wide of pint?" Dave, that's an amusing typo considering Beer is playing this match. Corrected it now


Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one


Martin to Beaton, no run, drilled back at the bowler who is right behind it

End of over 13 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 82/3 (RR: 6.30)

    • TM Beaton 4 (5b)
    • PD Collingwood 13 (9b 2x4)
    • BP Martin 4-0-25-0
    • RM Hira 3-0-27-1

"Am i only the only one looking forward to beaton playing and missing? "beaton was beaten by pace"" Matt, you are ruining my jokes. Now Beatin will have to pass the baton to the next batsman

Mahmood comes back


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, FOUR, short of a length, outside off, Collie pushes at it, gets a fine edge wide of keeper


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 1 run, pulled away to long leg for one


Azhar Mahmood to Beaton, no run, length ball, punched on the up, finds extra cover


Azhar Mahmood to Beaton, 1 run, full and straight, mis-hit to long-on for one


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 1 run, length ball, dragged to deep midwicket for one

"Could 'Brigadier Block' actually finish this match with Perth's highest strike rate? That really would be priceless!" Phil, he is a Nurdle Nazi


Azhar Mahmood to Beaton, no run, slower ball, he jumps out of the crease, and misses with his slash

End of over 14 (7 runs) Perth Scorchers 89/3 (RR: 6.35)

    • TM Beaton 5 (8b)
    • PD Collingwood 19 (12b 3x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-0-13-0
    • BP Martin 4-0-25-0

Mills is back


Mills to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, short of a length, into the pads, concedes just the leg-bye as he is early into the flick


Mills to Beaton, 1 run, slower ball, really full, swiped away to long-on


Mills to Collingwood, FOUR, nicely played. Plants the big front foot down, moves well across, and all along he wants to beat short fine leg. He does so by guiding this shortish length fine of that man


Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, runs this down to third man for one

"Marsh brothers suspended for indecent behavior???? What do they expect in the company of a man pronounced "Raunchy".." Nishank, all I know is, all members of this team can now only go North


Mills to Beaton, 1 run, slow, but nearly a yorker, dug out for a single to long-on

"I think you have managed to offend a lot Sachin groupies with that Flop XI comment!! How could you mate :)" Andy, frankly I am worried more about Gibss's groupies


Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, slower short ball, opens the face of the bat, gets a single to third man

End of over 15 (9 runs) Perth Scorchers 98/3 (RR: 6.53)

    • PD Collingwood 25 (16b 4x4)
    • TM Beaton 7 (10b)
    • KD Mills 4-0-14-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-0-13-0

De Grandhomme to bowl now. New Zealand have done an England here


de Grandhomme to Collingwood, 1 bye, short of a length, outside off, tries the reverse, gets a bye by blind-sighting Hopkins


de Grandhomme to Beaton, no run, length ball, into the pads, that's asking for trouble. But Beaton misses out with that heave-ho


de Grandhomme to Beaton, 2 runs, nearly a yorker, dug out, it goes softly to long-on, and they come back for two. The second initiated by Collingwood


de Grandhomme to Beaton, SIX, slower ball, but on a length, and well into the pads. Beaton has enough time to get on a knee, and slog-sweep this over midwicket


de Grandhomme to Beaton, FOUR, Guptill, the fielder of some blinders, keeps up with his image of missing the simpler ones. Runs to his right at long-on, but over-runs it, and concedes three extra runs


de Grandhomme to Beaton, 1 run, goes off the inside half of the bat, takes a single into the leg side

End of over 16 (14 runs) Perth Scorchers 112/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • TM Beaton 20 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 25 (17b 4x4)
    • C de Grandhomme 1-0-13-0
    • KD Mills 4-0-14-0

Mahmood, Auckland's go-to man, is here


Azhar Mahmood to Beaton, no run, yorker first up, and draws a dot


Azhar Mahmood to Beaton, 1 run, length ball, hit right back at him, and he gets a hand to it. He has hurt his fingers

Azhar is hit right on the finger tips, and is getting attention from the physio

"I think you are going off the Beaton track. :)" Believe me, Chris, I generally don't try to. It's the beaton track that is going away


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 1 run, slower ball, punched away to sweeper-cover


Azhar Mahmood to Beaton, 1 run, yorker, outside leg, digs it out towards extra cover


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 1 wide, slower ball gone wrong, big wide outside off

"I think it's Perth who have "done an England". Suspended star players for off field activities. Hope the Marshes have not been sending Azhar text messages on how to get Marcus North out (bowl straight would be my plan)." James, will we now have a three-month apology plan?


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, no run, low percentage. Tries the reverse-sweep, Mahmood bowls the swinging yorker, and he toe-ends it back to Mahmood


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 2 runs, low full toss, tries to slog it, gets the toe end again, for two wide of long-on

End of over 17 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 118/3 (RR: 6.94)

    • PD Collingwood 28 (20b 4x4)
    • TM Beaton 22 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-0-19-0
    • C de Grandhomme 1-0-13-0

Bates is back


Bates to Beaton, OUT, full, straight, and Beaton swings and misses. The off stump goes for a walk

TM Beaton b Bates 22 (26m 19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 115.78

Luke Ron-kee is the new man in


Bates to Ronchi, 1 run, short of a length, on off, uppishly hit past cover

"If you go too far off the beaton track you can easily end up in a collingwood!" Paul, is that the land where young kids are punished if they lift their bats any higher than the stumps?


Bates to Collingwood, FOUR, full toss, and Collingwood smashes it over midwicket. With a six-inch back lift again


Bates to Collingwood, 1 run, dabbed away to third man


Bates to Ronchi, 1 run, length ball, chipped away to wide long-on


Bates to Collingwood, 1 run, low full toss, dragged into the leg side for one

End of over 18 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 126/4 (RR: 7.00)

    • PD Collingwood 34 (23b 5x4)
    • L Ronchi 2 (2b)
    • MD Bates 3-0-26-2
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-0-19-0

"Make sure you concentrate on your typing here Sid, you don't want to hit the 'wrong key'!" Phil, that is common practice here. Especially when the key next to "o" is used when writing "shot"


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 1 run, length ball, swiped away towards deep midwicket


Azhar Mahmood to Ronchi, 1 run, low full toss, driven down to long-off

"And so it is left to the two overseas players to try to get the Scorchers up to a reasonable score" That's timely wind-up, John


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 1 run, short of a length, slower, punched to extra cover for one


Azhar Mahmood to Ronchi, 1 run, yorker, pushed back to him, he is still circumspect with that finger, and allows it through for a single

"I don't think KP would appreciate any comparison to either of the Marsh boys" Strong point, John


Azhar Mahmood to Collingwood, 1 run, slower ball, wide, mis-hit to sweeper-cover for one

"Watching Perth get Beaton Mennie times with a Beer in my hand really Gibbs Mahmood a lift. Yeah that's how us Sydney siders do it." Lakshman Nirthanakumaran, how do you go around with that name in Sydney? There has to be an alternative address for you


Azhar Mahmood to Ronchi, 1 leg bye, tries the big sweep, is beaten by a length ball, and takes just the leg-bye

End of over 19 (6 runs) Perth Scorchers 132/4 (RR: 6.94)

    • L Ronchi 4 (5b)
    • PD Collingwood 37 (26b 5x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-0-24-0
    • MD Bates 3-0-26-2

"Shpt? yeah that can be embarrassing!" No shpt, Satish

Here's Bates


Bates to Ronchi, OUT, and here's a wicket. Bates has begun both his last overs with a wicket. Low full toss, Ronchi doesn't get all of it, and holes out to long-on

L Ronchi c Guptill b Bates 4 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

"I disagree. Perth have not done an England... only one Saffer in this team" Nothing escapes John Garvey's eye


Bates to Collingwood, 1 run, OUT, nearly a yorker, dug out into the leg side, and he wants a second, and here's a schoolboy error from the man who made a career out of eliminating mistakes. Collingwood takes it easy, doesn't slide the bat in, and his body is over the crease but only in the air when the bails come off. This habit he must have acquired from his former captain at Delhi Daredevils, Virender Sehwag

PD Collingwood run out 38 (43m 27b 5x4 0x6) SR: 140.74

Joe Mennie is in


Bates to Mennie, 2 runs, chipped away wide of long-on, a fumble allows them time to take the second


Bates to Mennie, OUT, Bates has bated his way to 50 T20 wickets. Length ball, on the pads, but Mennie manages to reach only as far as Hira at deep midwicket

JM Mennie c Hira b Bates 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

"I've just noticed that next year will be the 20th anniversary of cricinfo. Has anyone considered a party (or parties in each country) to celebrate? Anyone who has every had a feedback comment published could be invited?" Phil, I'd like to meet the founders, who were apparently engineers in US stranded without cricket, and then they came up with what led to this monster


Bates to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, yorker, on leg, can just get the single to mid-off

"Don't think Colly will have picked up many habits from his time with Delhi Daredevils. He hardly played." James, bench is the best place to learn. Oops they call it dugout nowadays


Bates to Hogg, FOUR, what a shot from Hogg to finish the innings. That was full and following him even as he backed away, but he has managed to squeeze this from well outside leg, and between point and cover-point

So, a decent recovery from Perth to post 140. Auckland will now hope for a good start and then big acceleration towards the end in order to help their net run rate. We'll be back soon

End of over 20 (8 runs) Perth Scorchers 140/7

    • GB Hogg 4 (1b 1x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 1 (1b)
    • MD Bates 4-0-34-4
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-0-24-0





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