bowled im. That is it. Stars secure a home semi-final at the MCG. Very full on middle, the ball tailing back in. Sneaks through bat and pad to clatter into the stumps. Scorchers bowled out for 94.
9.30pm What a turnaround this has been. Stars had not confirmed a semi-final berth but now they have secured a home semi with a utterly dominant bowling display. They have bowled Scorchers out for 94, and win the game by 52 runs. Scorchers huffed and puffed after losing many early wickets, and never looked in the hunt for the target of 147. Voges then set his sights on 109 for the home semi but ran out of partners in his objective. It was the opening bowlers - Dan Worrall and Ben Hilfenhaus who set the tone early, with exceptional displays, swinging the ball both ways.
another dot ball. Full on off, steered to point
15 off 8
good delivery. Tailing back in to off . Pushed back
yorker on leg, dug out to midwicket
that will be four leg byes. Massive cheers from the crowd. Full but down leg, Dixon very awkwardly tries to keep it out but the ball hits the leg and then past a diving keeper to the fine leg boundary
good delivery. Length on off, very tight. Hit out to deep point. Just the one
Right then, it all comes down to Voges. Worrall to bowl. Still 20 needed. All fielders linger on the edge of the circle
flat on off and middle, Dixon goes back to offer the full face in staunch defense.
Could be a slider. A silly point comes in
flat outside off, drilled down to long-on. Pietersen does well to keep it to one
nice shot. Voges gets two. Gets down early and rockets a sweep in the gap at midwicket
flat on leg, slapped back at the bowler
Hogg goes. Googly on off, Hogg goes for an expansive drive but the ball skews off the outside half in the air to cover. Hussey takes an easy catch. Not a very clever shot
flat outside off, flat-batted to cover for a quick run.
Target for Scorchers: 24 off three overs but just two wickets in hand. Every run cheered
length delivery on off, defended
Hogg comes out
gone. Richardson goes. Shortish delivery outside off, Richardson goes for a pull, but the ball spoons up for Hilfenhaus to take.
carved down to third man
a bit of a misfield at midwicket gives Scorchers three. Short delivery on middle, Richardson pulls to midwicket but the ball lands just in front and deviates away.
shortish delivery again outside off, Voges inside-halves to square leg for a run
shortish delivery down leg, Voges nicely places the pull behind square for a couple
nice over. Googly on middle, rolls off the pads down the track. Richardson sent back after looking for a non-existent run
short outside off, pulled to deep midwicket