Recent Match Report – Heat vs Scorchers 33rd Match 2022/23

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Perth Scorchers 173/3 (Bancroft 76*, Hardy 57) beat Brisbane Heat 171 for 9 (Munro 45, Brown 34, Kelly 2-28) by seven wickets

Cameron Bancroft and Aaron Hardie struck quickfire half-centuries as Perth Scorchers thrashed Brisbane Heat by seven wickets at the Optus Stadium.

In reply to the Heat’s 9–171, the Scorchers reached the winning target with 21 balls to spare, courtesy of big innings from Bancroft (76 not out from 48 balls) and Hardie (57 from 33 balls).

Bancroft was playing his third BBL clash of the season after being dropped from the side by Faf du Plessis and Adam Lyth for most of the campaign. But with Du Plessis now included in the SA20 side and Leith ruled out following a poor run of form, Bancroft looks set to be a key player in the Scorchers’ bid to win back-to-back titles.

Bancroft along with Hardy hit seven fours and two sixes and set up a 111-run partnership. Hardy hit five fours and three sixes before being run out in the 12th over.

The result put the Scorchers back on top, with the Heat seventh after registering just two wins from their first eight games.

The Heat made a dream start to the match thanks to their departure import Colin Munro. Munro, who will join the ILT20 next week, hit three fours and three sixes on his way to a 26-ball 45. He combined with Josh Brown (34 off 21 balls) to take the Heat to 81 for 0 in the middle of the eighth over.

But the Scorchers’ attack came back strongly with Andrew Tye (3 for 37), Matt Kelly (2 for 28) and Lance Morris (2 for 40) falling 9–90. The Heat scored only 25 runs in their last four overs, losing three wickets in the last over as their quest for a quick run at the death fell flat.

Morris was dismissed for 16 in his first over, but the pace demon bounced back from Munro and Jimmy Peirson (23 off 19 balls). Morris’ return from Test team duties helped offset the loss of Jhye Richardson, who would be out for two to three weeks with a hamstring injury.

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