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Hits & Misses: Mitch Marsh leads Perth Scorchers to victory with first Big Bash League century

Mitch Marsh has hit his first Big Bash League ton, while teammate Andrew Tye became only the fourth player in BBL history to reach 100 wickets. Here’s the good and the bad from Perth’s big 53-run win.


Marsh middles it

There is no player seeing it better than Mitch Marsh.

Just a month after his T20 World Cup heroics for Australia, Marsh was back for the Perth Scorchers and simply picked up where he left off in Dubai.

Coming out in the first over of the match, a four off his first ball was followed by a six from his second and it became clear the big West Aussie meant business.

He brought up his 50 off just 37 balls at a time when wickets fell around him. And then he celebrated his first Big Bash League century just 23 balls later.

Finishing the match unbeaten on 100 off 60 balls, Marsh was the glue that held Perth’s innings together.

Century’s up!

Congratulations Andrew Tye!

The star bowler has become the first Perth Scorcher to reach 100 Big Bash League wickets, taking 2/31 against Hobart on Tuesday night.

Needing just two wickets to reach the exclusive milestone — which only three others have achieved before him — Tye’s former Scorchers teammate Tim David became the magical 100th wicket.

Earlier in the innings, Tye snared former Aussie representative Peter Handscomb for just three in his second over of the match.

D’arcy’s D’oh moment

D’Arcy Short thought he got the breakthrough wicket of Ashton Agar in the 19th over as Perth were powering to a big total.

Agar mistimed his pool shot and skied it to Harry Brook. But with the delivery deemed a no ball for being above waist height, the Scorchers were granted a reprieve… and it came with Marsh on strike.

Marsh belted the subsequent free hit for six and followed it up with a four and a six in successive deliveries to ensure Short’s final over went for 25 runs.


Tymal delivers

Welcome to the Perth Scorchers Tymal Mills!

The English import certainly impressed in his first match in orange, snaring Caleb Jewell in just his second delivery of BBL11.

He trapped Jewell on the crease and had him plumb LBW.

But it was Mills’ second wicket — the crucial breakthrough of Ben McDermott — that really got the Scorchers up and going.

“It’s the moment in the game everything changed,” commentator Jason Richardson said of the wicket.

McDermott had combined for an impressive 71-run stand with D’Arcy Short off just 52 balls before he feathered one through to Josh Inglis.

Mills had his third wicket in just 13 balls, clean bowling Nathan Ellis, to leave the home side 7/88.

“They’ve made an absolute meal of this, the Hobart Hurricanes,” 7 commentator Brad Hodge lamented.

Mills finished with figures of 3/23.


Turner blows it

Ashton Turner may be Perth Scorchers captain for this BBL11 series… but his brainsnap can only be described as a “coach-killer”.

Coming out with his side in trouble at 3/40 in the sixth over, Turner looked to be the man to steady Perth’s innings with Mitch Marsh at the other end.

But just two balls out from the midway innings drinks break, Turner tried to go big — and failed.

VideoScorchers skipper Ashton Turner has fallen in a ‘coach-killer’ moment in the Big Bash League.

“That’s mind-boggling cricket for mine,” 7 commentator Brad Hodge said.

“Ashton Turner, who’s two balls away from the halfway drinks break, could have assessed where they’re at, tried to go downtown … that’s a real coach killer, that one.”

Turner didn’t get hold of the Scott Boland delivery and was caught in the deep for 17, leaving his side 4/74 at the halfway point.

Deja vu for Paris

Poor Joel Paris can’t catch a break.

The West Aussie crossed to Hobart for this Big Bash League series in the hope of more game time, and he started this season with a bang.

Against his former side, Paris had danger man Colin Munro for a duck before the injury curse struck once more.

Forced from the field after just 10 deliveries, Hobart couldn’t even use their X-factor replacement as Paris had bowled more than the six-delivery cut-off.

Remarkably, Paris came out to bat with a runner — despite his side being blown off the park at 9/114 with three overs to go.

Paris played just one game last series and could now be sidelined with his latest groin injury.

In one positive, there’s now six days before Hobart’s next match against Perth on December 20.

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