Colin Munro masterclass 82 runs Scorchers jump to the second spot on the points table

Jack Wildermuth got Heat off to a brilliant start, removing the dangerous Jason Roy for four in his first over, but was taken for 17 runs in his next over, but picked up the crucial wicket of Liam Livingstone.

X-Factor James Bazley made an immediate impact, removing when Josh Inglis was looking dangerous. Josh Inglis blasted three fours in his 25.

Cameron Bancroft hit a towering six in his 15 before former South African speedster Morne Morkel struck with Bazley taking the catch.

Morkel got his second wicket when he had Colin Munro caught by Joe Denly for 82 in the 19th over, but not before he had belted five fours and four sixes in a 54-ball masterclass.

The Scorchers made 5-174 after being sent in by the Heat, with Colin Munro smashing a brilliant 82 off just 54 balls, including four sixes.

Scorchers got an early breakthrough as Cameron Bancroft took a brilliant low catch to get rid of Max Bryant for five. However, Chris Lynn continued his good form, taking Aaron Hardie for 20 runs off his first over. At the end of the powerplay, Heat managed to reach 38 for 1 and will be looking to consolidate in the next phase.

Heat skipper Chris Lynn looked in ominous touch with two fours and two sixes before he was stumped by Josh Inglis off Fawad Ahmed for 27.

Inglis then caught Joe Burns off the bowling of Andrew Tye for 2 to have the Heat in trouble at 3-52, but they manage to get the all-important bash boost point thanks to Joe Denly and Lewis Gregory.

Gregory was impressive with two sixes in his 20 before Behrendorff returned to bowl him and put the Scorchers in the box seat.

Ahmed returned to knock over Joe Denly for 26 before Livingstone had Jack Wildermuth caught for 1 by Inglis.

Jhye Richardson returned into the attack and had Jimmy Peirson trapped LBW, before having Mark Steketee caught for a duck.

The very next ball off the next over from Andrew Tye, James Bazley was caught by Aaron Hardie for 4 to make it 9-112.

Morne Morkel was the last man out caught in the deep for 2 to give Fawad Ahmed figures of 3-25 for the night.

The win plastered the Scorchers spot in the finals for now, but the Heat face an uphill battle to qualify.

It took exactly 100 deliveries for Scorchers to bowl Heat out in this encounter and move to the second position in the BBL 10 table. Fawad Ahmed was the star with the ball finishing with 3 for 25. From 96 for 3, Heat has been bowled out for 115, which they would not be happy about and would want to bounce back in the next game.

Colin Munro, Player of the Match: Everyone asked if we can only play at Optus after the loss in the last game, great to bounce back, that’s what good teams do. We did that well as a collective unit. It’s nice coming in after the two Poms (Roy and Livingstone). They are world-class and they go hard. Today, I could take my time as well. I built my innings. This is one of the best bowling attacks I have ever played with. Outstanding bowlers, very good preparation when you got to face them in the nets and then come and face other teams. We will rest, probably have training and then see how it goes.

The points: Scorchers 3, Heat 1

The scores: Perth Scorchers 5-174 (Munro 82) defeated Brisbane Heat 115 (Fawad 3-25) by 59 runs at Marvel Stadium

Toss: Brisbane Heat have won the bat flip and have elected to bowl first

Brisbane Heat playing XI: Chris Lynn (c), Max Bryant, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Morne Morkel, Matthew Kuhnemann

X-Factor subs: Ben Laughlin, James Bazley

Perth Scorchers playing XI: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (wk), Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed

X-Factor subs: Kurtis Patterson, Joel Paris


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