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Marsh shines as Scorchers crush Renegades

Mitch Marsh and Colin Munro have continued their hot form to lead the Perth Scorchers to an eight-wicket BBL victory over the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium.

Marsh took an economical 1-18 off three overs in the Renegades’ total of 8-151 on Sunday night.

He then cracked an unbeaten 42 off 33 balls with the bat to lead the Scorchers to 2-152 with 19 balls to spare.

Colin Munro (58no off 32 balls) was even more ruthless, cracking six fours and two sixes.

Since his heroics helped Australia win the T20 World Cup, Marsh has plundered scores of 100no, 21, 86, and 42no in Scorchers colours for a season average of 124.5 and a strike rate of 150.

Munro is averaging 48.75 at a strike rate of 137.

The result lifted the Scorchers (6-0) back to the top of the ladder after the Sydney Sixers (5-1) had briefly overtaken them earlier in the night.

The Renegades remain on bottom of the ladder with a 1-4 record.

“He’s been unbelievable,” Scorchers paceman Jason Behrendorff said of Marsh.

“He’s pretty much in the form of his life. He’s hitting the ball hard and timing it well.

“With another amazing allrounder like Mitch in our side, we’ve got a lot of options, which is really handy.”

Opener Mackenzie Harvey top scored for the Renegades with 45 off 40 balls, after having been dropped by Ashton Agar on 16.

But a momentary lapse during the Power Surge in the 17th over cost him the chance to post a half-century.

After striking the ball to mid-off, Harvey set off for a run before reducing his speed to a jog halfway down the pitch.

By the time he realised he was in danger of being run out it was too late, with a direct hit from Laurie Evans finding Harvey short of his crease.

The Renegades were in trouble at 6-105 at that stage, with the team scoring just eight runs from the two-over Power Surge.

But with the help of tailenders Jack Prestwidge (22no off 11 balls), James Pattinson (16 off eight balls), and Reece Topley (8no off three balls), the Renegades plundered 43 runs off the final three overs to reach a competitive total.

Behrendorff (2-19 off four overs) was the standout bowler for the Scorchers, and he was helped by a handy cameo from Marsh.

Spinner Agar, who took 2-38, sent a scare through the camp when his right knee dug into the turf during a botched catching attempt in the deep early in the Renegades innings.

Agar looked proppy when he eventually got to his feet, but he shook off the soreness and was able to continue on the field.

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