Colin Munro and Jhye Richardson have continued their hot form to help guide the Perth Scorchers to a crushing 59-run BBL victory over the Brisbane Heat at Marvel Stadium.
Player-of-the-match Munro cracked 82 off 54 balls on Tuesday night to lift the Scorchers to 5-174.
In reply, the Heat were bowled out for 115 in 16.4 overs after losing 7-19 at the death, with Richardson snaring 2-10 off his three overs.
The win lifted the Scorchers into second spot while the Heat stay in sixth despite picking up the bonus point.
Munro took 41 balls to reach his half-century before exploding in his next 13 balls to significantly lift the run-rate.
His latest knock follows scores of 34, 50, 50 and 52 in his most recent innings.
South African Morne Morkel starred with the ball for the Heat, finishing with 2-24 off his four overs.
His final over – the 19th of the innings – was particularly special, conceding just five runs and snaring the prized scalp of Munro in what was part of the Power Surge.
Paceman Mark Steketee (0-42 off four) and spinner Lewis Gregory (0-33 off three) were expensive, while X-Factor James Bazley finished with 1-27 off three overs after replacing Xavier Bartlett at the 10-over mark.
Heat opener Chris Lynn (27 off 16) signalled his intentions early by taking 20 runs off an Aaron Hardie over – the third of the innings.
But his quickfire knock was brought to an end when he was stumped after charging down the pitch in an attempt to smash spinner Fawad Ahmed out of the park.
And when Joe Burns skied AJ Tye to be dismissed for two, the Heat were looking shaky at 3-52 and with most of their best batsmen already in the shed.
Brisbane secured the bonus point by reaching 77 in the final ball of the 10th over, but their innings dramatically fell apart after that as the Scorchers’ dynamic bowling outfit put on the squeeze.
“On this surface it was quite important to have partnerships, but unfortunately we lost wickets at crucial times,” Morkel said.
“They’ve got a fantastic all-round bowling unit. We’ve got the batters to match that, but unfortunately we couldn’t get partnerships going. It was disappointing.”
Ahmed finished with 3-25 while Richardson’s two wickets during the 15th over killed off Brisbane’s hopes of victory.
Even part-time spinner Livingstone joined in on the fun, finishing with 1-10 from his two tidy overs.
Richardson now has a competition-high 21 wickets at an average of 11.52 this season.