The Perth Scorchers celebrated all-time leading wicket-taker Andrew Tye’s record-breaking night with a clinical 42-run win over Hobart at Blundstone Arena.
Tye became the first player in Big Bash history to take 100 scalps for the same club as the unbeaten Scorchers defended 7-167 with ease to return to the top of the ladder.
The bowling performance was a throwback to their early glory years and the outfielding was first-class to back up player of the match Kurtis Patterson’s career-best T20 knock and Ashton Agar’s late cameo.
But the win way have come at a cost with Patterson suffering a suspected quad injury which left him unable to field.
“I’ve just got a little bit of quad tightness, I haven’t got a great history there,” Patterson told Channel 7.
“Fingers crossed it will all be fine.”
Tye, who has a BBL11-high 10 scalps, finished with 3-19 off four as the Hurricanes were restricted to 9-125, dismissing three of their top-four batters cheaply.
Patterson continued his remarkable BBL revival, scoring his second half-century in three hits on his way to a quickfire 78 off 48 deliveries before Agar’s smashed an unbeaten 11-ball 30 propelled the total above par on a slow deck.
Patterson’s 72-run partnership in 43 balls with in-form hitter Mitch Marsh (21 off 21) turned the innings on its head after Josh Inglis’ dismissal without scoring in the first over.
But the injury-prone left-hander didn’t take part in the field with Nick Hobson coming on and producing a few pieces of outfield brilliance.
Super sub Hobson took two excellent catches in the deep to go with the run out of Tim David (6).
The Scorchers’ spinners were far superior to their rivals with recruit Peter Hatzoglou (2-29 off four) bowling Englishman Harry Brook (2) with a wrong’un which was the ball of the night, while Agar (2-31 off four) backed up his batting heroics with two scalps of his own.
For Hobart, Young leg-spinner Will Parker went for 18 runs off his only over, including back-to-back Patterson sixes, with Nepalese leggy Sandeep Lamichhane (0-39 off four) also going the journey.
Riley Meredith, back from a hamstring injury, was given the new ball and had Inglis for a duck sixth ball of the match.
Meredith took 1-1 off his only over before getting subbed out for English allrounder Jordan Thompson.
Patterson hit five maximums and six fours in his brilliant knock before hitting one straight down fine leg’s throat off Thompson who finished 3-33 to go with his run out of New Zealander Colin Munro.
The Scorchers hit 31 runs off the last two overs in what was a telling finish to their innings with Agar belting two sixes and three fours.
Rogers was also among the Hurricanes’ better bowlers with 2-21 off his four overs.