Perth’s record-breaking start to the Big Bash season has extended to six wins with an eight-wicket triumph over Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium.
Colin Munro (58no off 32) and Mitch Marsh (42no off 33) made light work of the opposition’s moderate total of 8-151 as the ladder-leading Scorchers prevailed with 19 balls to spare.
The pair put on 99 for the third wicket in a little more than 10 overs to cap off Marsh’s brilliant allround performance which included 1-18 off three overs and a difficult catch to dismiss Aaron Finch cheaply.
Marsh became the first Scorcher to 2000 runs, across the BBL and Champions League, in the process.
For just the third time in six matches, they picked up an elusive Bash Boost point by reaching the 10-over target of 74 to go four points clear of two-time reigning champions Sydney Sixers.
Josh Inglis (23 off 18) found form after four runs in his previous three hits, giving his side the perfect start with a 49-run opening stand alongside Cameron Bancroft (23 off 19) in 35 balls before both departed in quick succession.
Earlier, seamers Jason Behrendorff (2-19 off four), Tymal Mills (2-36 off four) and spinner Ashton Agar (2-38 off four) picked up two wickets apiece during a well-drilled fielding effort.
The Renegades endured a see-sawing innings with lower-order hitters Jack Prestwidge (22no off 11), James Pattinson (16 off 8) and Reece Topley (8no off 3) hitting 42 runs off the last three overs after a collapse of 6-37.
The home side was 1-68 in the ninth over but the game was turned on its head after the 56-run second-wicket stand between Mackenzie Harvey (45 off 40) and Sam Harper (32 off 25) ended.
They lost 3-15 midway through their innings and 3-8 during the power surge, including 39 balls in a row without a boundary.
English speedster Mills was a little expensive late but picked up the prized wickets of Finch (8) and Nic Maddinson (3) cheaply after their record partnership on Wednesday.
Mills had Renegades all-time leading run-scorer Finch with his fifth ball, well caught by Marsh after it nearly hit the roof, with Maddinson chopping one onto his stumps.
Marsh was excellent with the ball, assigned with some tough overs during the power play and surge to finish, while left-armer Behrendorff had the best figures.
Agar had an injury scare when his knee caught in the turf while attempting an outfield catch off Marsh when Harvey was on 16.
Agar bounced back to break the dangerous stand between Harvey and Harper, getting the latter caught in the deep by Bancroft who was elite in the field.
Harvey was caught napping running a single, brilliantly run out by Laurie Evans at mid-off.