Mitch Marsh has helped Perth post 5-152 in their Big Bash clash with the Sydney Thunder after the Scorchers’ batting stumbled early again in Canberra.
A week after they slumped to 3-19 against the Melbourne Renegades, the winless Scorchers found themselves at 3-36 on Tuesday night.
But Marsh then steadied the ship.
His unbeaten 52 from 41 balls was measured and chanceless, as he helped the Perth side take 30 runs from their two-over power surge.
The 29-year-old hooked Nathan McAndrew (1-29) for one six over fine leg and slog swept young spinner Tanveer Sangha (1-36) for another.
He also took Daniel Sams over mid-wicket to bring up his eighth Big Bash 50 off 39 balls.
It formed part of an unbeaten 61-run stand for the sixth wicket, with Cameron Bancroft finishing not out on 34 from 26 balls.
Ashton Turner (23 off 14) and Colin Munro (25 off 22) were the only other two batsmen who threatened to get going before being dismissed.
Ben Cutting took 1-16 from three overs with the ball, while New Zealander Adam Milne (0-17) bowled with plenty of speed from his four overs in his first BBL game.