Jason Roy 74* Liam Livingstone 54 runs Perth Scorchers fifth successive win, climb up to the third spot in KFC BBL

Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and opted to bat first. First wicket out for the Hurricanes was Ben McDermott, who was bowled by Jhye Richardson for 6 in the third over of the match.

Dawid Malan was dismissed by Jason Behrendorff without troubling the scorers.Scorchers all-rounder Mitch Marsh suffered a side jerk and had to leave the field halfway through his first over and was replaced by X-factor Kurtis Patterson.

Peter Handscomb didn’t stay long before he was bowled with a top spinner from Fawad Ahmed for 13. Colin Ingram cracked 3 fours in his 18 but was caught by Patterson off Hardie as the Hurricanes’ comeback stalled.

D’Arcy Short was the top of the Hurricanes batsmen but still never looked entirely in control in his 54 runs off 47 deliveries which included seven fours.

While Short became Aaron Hardie’s second scalp, Tim David (31*) and debutant Mitchell Owen (11*) put on an unbeaten partnership of 24 from 13 deliveries which propelled the Hurricanes to 139/5.

While chasing the target of 140 runs Perth Scorchers got off to a flyer helped by Livingstone being dropped on 0 and he made the Hurricanes pay.

Roy and Livingstone, after a shaky start, have looked in control and have put on 86 unbeaten runs for the opening wicket thus far. They also managed to secure the bonus point as early as the seventh over.

Livingstone was eventually dismissed for 54 by Scott Boland, but it is surely too little, too late for the Hurricanes. Roy and Livingstone’s stand of 123 is the second-best partnership in an innings in this season’s tournament.

Roy was magnificent from start to finish cracking 8 fours and 3 sixes on his way to a brilliant 74, which remarkably was his first BBL half-century.

Josh Inglis chipped in with 7 as the Scorchers secured four points including the bash boost point to move to third on the table.

Jason Roy | Player of the Match:-

Not forgot, but just in case if we lose some quick wickets, that’s why we delayed taking the Power Surge. They got off to a tough start but we worked extremely hard and want to keep it going. He’s (Mitchell Marsh) a strong fellow, I am sure he will come back as soon as possible. It’s a long tournament, we have got 5 good games and want to keep winning from here.

 

The Score: Hobart Hurricanes 5-139 (Short 54, Hardie 2-36) lost to Perth Scorchers 1-140 (Roy 74no, Livingstone 54) by 9 wickets with 22 balls remaining

The Points: Hobart Hurricanes: 0, Perth Scorchers: 4

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