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