Perth Scorchers 162 (Inglis 64, Hardy 57, Rogers 3-18, Sutherland 3-36) Melbourne Rebels 149 for 8 (Marsh 59, Tye 2-29, Morris 2-35), a lead of 13 runs.
The Scorchers lost an impressive seven wickets for just five runs in the space of 18 balls in their innings to go from 157 for 3 in 16.4 overs to 162 overall in 19.4 overs. In reply, Marsh scored 59 off 36 balls to take the Renegades to within touching distance of victory.
The Renegades have been left winless after five matches, while the Scorchers (three wins, one match without a result) are yet to lose this season.
Marsh, a former Scorchers star, has been ruled out of the first four matches this season with a lingering knee injury that has affected him for the better part of 2023. An error on the pitch during the Scorchers innings showed his rustiness. But he looked much more at home with the bat in hand, smashing four fours and three sixes during his innings.
He needed just 28 balls to reach his half-century, his knock lifting the Renegades after they got off to a slow start in the run chase.
Batting at number four, Marsh reached the crease at the start of the seventh inning after Jake Fraser-McGurk was run out at the non-striker’s end in unlucky fashion. Tye got his boot on a straight drive for Joe Clarke, catching Fraser-McGurk in no man’s land.
With Clarke (32 in 33 balls) struggling for fluency, Marsh ensured that the scoreboard was set at a suitable rate before raising the ante later in his innings.
The wheels fell off for the Renegades after that, as Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Tye produced some serious overkill at the death to tie them up.
But then came the collapse.
Hardy was the first to fall in this sequence when he was caught in the deep end.
Three balls later, Nick Hopson holed out.
The Renegades even completed their hat-trick when Jhye Richardson dropped the first ball of the 20th over, and the Scorchers were put out of their misery when Morris was run out three deliveries later.
Star spinner Adam Zampa (1 for 48) picked off the batting, but took Hardy’s wicket.