(D/N), Perth, Jan 16 2014, Big Bash League
(20 ov, target 204)198/6
Scorchers won by 5 runs
Player Of The Match
102 (41)
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Simmons' record ton helps Scorchers to semis

Craig Simmons slammed the fastest century of the BBL, off just 39 balls, to power Perth Scorchers to 203 at the WACA

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Scorecard summary
Perth Scorchers203/7(20 overs)
Adelaide Strikers198/6(20 overs)
end of over 2011 runs
AS: 198/6CRR: 9.90 
Tim Ludeman15 (5)
Kane Richardson3 (5)
Yasir Arafat 4-0-43-1
Pat Cummins 4-0-40-1

That's an absolute cracker of a match, you can't ask for more from a T20 game. Hughes and Reardon tried their best and at the final moments it was Ludeman who almost took the match away from the Scorchers but can't finish it off with the last ball though able to keep the audience at the edge of their seat. Perth with this win now moves to the second place. This match will be remembered for the fastest BBL hundred by Craig Simmons and also maximum number of sixes in a BBL match. Craig Simmons adjudged Man of the Match. Thanks for joining, stay cool. Cheers!

Arafat to Ludeman, no run

full toss outside off and Ludeman only manages it to get to the square leg region

6 is what Strikers need off the last ball.

Arafat to Kane Richardson, 1 run

Richardson clears his front leg and gets that length delivery to wide of long-on

Arafat to Ludeman, 1 run

full on middle and leg, drills it down to long-off

8 runs off 3 balls.

Arafat to Ludeman, FOUR runs

this time he squeezes that yorker length delivery between point and backward point

Arafat to Ludeman, FOUR runs

length delivery outside off and he powers it straight down the ground for a boundary

Arafat to Kane Richardson, 1 run

length delivery on middle and off, slaps it back to the bowler, Arafat fails to hold it and they gets a single

end of over 1917 runs • 1 wicket
AS: 187/6CRR: 9.84 RRR: 17.00
Tim Ludeman6 (1)
Kane Richardson1 (3)
Pat Cummins 4-0-40-1
Brad Hogg 4-0-23-1
Cummins to Ludeman, SIX runs

he opens the account with a biggie! Slower and a back of a length delivery, he bends down and swings it over square leg

Cummins to Reardon, OUT

short of a length delivery on middle and leg, Reardon backs away and tries to get it over midwicket but he skies it towards long-on, Cartwright runs back from mid-on and takes a good catch running back!

Nathan Reardon c Cartwright b Cummins 30 (18b 1x4 3x6) SR: 166.66
Cummins to Reardon, 2 runs

fuller in length outside off and he gets it to wide of deep point for a couple

Cummins to Reardon, no run

bangs it short this time, 143 kph, Reardon misses a upper cut.

Cummins to Reardon, (no ball)

that's nasty, full toss above the waist high, called no ball.

Cummins to Reardon, SIX runs

oh my God! Can you believe that? Short of a length delivery and pulls it to deep midwicket, man at the fence holds it but unable to get it inside the ropes.

Cummins to Reardon, 2 runs

fuller length delivery outside off and Reardon drives it along the ground towards the sight screen for a couple

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
AS: 170/5CRR: 9.44 RRR: 17.00
Kane Richardson1 (3)
Nathan Reardon20 (12)
Brad Hogg 4-0-23-1
Yasir Arafat 3-0-32-1
Hogg to Kane Richardson, no run

full toss outside off and it been driven down to long-on but Reardon wants the strike hence no run taken there.

Hogg to Reardon, 1 run

length delivery down leg, works it short fine leg

Hogg to Kane Richardson, 1 run

pushes a length delivery back to Hogg but unable to hold it and they sneaks a single

Hogg to Kane Richardson, no run

length delivery and a swing and a miss

Hogg to Botha, OUT

and Hogg comes back powerfully! It was a full and quicker on middle and off which kept a bit low. Botha gets down on one knee for a slog sweep, misses the line and it crashes the stumps, Hogg is pumped up!

Johan Botha b Hogg 9 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 180
Hogg to Botha, SIX runs

whattay a way to start! full outside off and it's been driven straight towards the sight screen

end of over 1719 runs
AS: 162/4CRR: 9.52 RRR: 14.00
Nathan Reardon19 (11)
Johan Botha3 (3)
Yasir Arafat 3-0-32-1
Ashton Turner 2-0-19-1
Arafat to Reardon, SIX runs

Reardon comes down the track and took it on the full and lofts it high and handsomely over midwicket

Match details
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
TossPerth Scorchers, elected to bat first
SeriesBig Bash League
Player Of The Match
Craig Simmons
Craig Simmons
Hours of play (local time)16.40 start, First Session 16.40-17.55, Interval 17.55-18.10, Second Session 18.00-19.25
Match days16 January 2014 - daynight (20-over match)
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Ashley Barrow
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Ian Lock
TV Umpire
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Geoff Joshua
Reserve Umpire
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Nathan Johnstone
Match Referee
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Steve Bernard
PointsPerth Scorchers 2, Adelaide Strikers 0