The Scorchers overcame the collapse 5 to 7 and Marsh’s heroics remained unbeaten – LSB

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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 Perth Scorchers overcame a late batting collapse and Shaun Marsh’s masterclass to cruise to a 13-run win over Melbourne Renegades in front of 42,226 fans at Optus Stadium in their BBL match on Tuesday.

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 Rebels needed another 35 runs off 20 balls after Marsh fell. The equation came down to 17 runs needed from the final over – bowled by Andrew Tye. Jonathan Wells was caught on the second ball of the over and Kane Richardson was dropped on the next delivery, with the Rebels stumbling to 149 for 8.

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.

Marsh was given life on 24 when he was dropped by a diving Cooper Connolly, and was finally dropped on 17 when he edged a slower ball from Lance Morris at 118km/h.

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.

Earlier, the Scorchers fell to 4 for 2 in the second after openers Zak Crawley and Connolly fell in quick succession. Then, Josh Inglis (64 in 44) and new skipper Aaron Hardy (57 in 41) put the Scorchers on track for a score close to 200.

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.

Will Sutherland then sent out Lawrie Evans (24 in 15), Ashton Agar and Tye in the 19th over, with all three batters caught.

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.

Tom Rogers was the outstanding bowler for the Renegades with figures of 3 for 18 from four overs, while Sutherland’s late heroics ensured he finished with 3 for 36.

Star spinner Adam Zampa (1 for 48) picked off the batting, but took Hardy’s wicket.

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