Mitchell Marsh's maiden T20 ton eases Perth Scorchers to third win

Mitchell Marsh hit his first T20 century as Perth Scorchers beat Hobart Hurricanes by 53 runs for their third straight win. Marsh scored 100 runs off 60 balls, while Tymal Mills finished with a 4-0-23-3 to guarantee the Hurricanes were no match for them on the night. Marsh started the second over with a six and four to get things moving after Colin Munro fell on the fourth delivery of the match. The Scorchers were reduced to 40 for 3 in the sixth over after Kurtis Patterson hit 13 and Josh Inglis only two. They were 75 for 4 at the midway point, with skipper Ashton Turner the next man down for 17 off 14.

Laurie Evans hit two boundaries in the 12th over to earn 11 runs against Nathan Ellis for the Scorchers. The next over was bowled by Sandeep Lamichhane, who also went for 11 runs, allowing Marsh to complete his half-century. Scorchers were 118 for 4 after 15 overs but smashed 64 in the next five overs to complete a great finish.

The carnage began in the 17th over, when Scott Boland’s final over yielded 16 runs. Despite giving up only five runs in the 18th, Marsh scored three sixes and four runs against D’Arcy Short for a total of 25. Marsh began the final over with 91 runs and reached the century mark on the penultimate ball. The Hurricanes were also dealt a blow when Joel Paris was forced to exit the game after only 1.3 overs due to injury.

The chase was uneventful, with Short hitting 31 and Ben McDermott hitting 41 respectively, but the other batters were unable to rally around them. They recovered impressively from being 7 for 2 in the second over to reach 76 for 2 in the tenth. McDermott, on the other hand, was bowled out by Mills, and they were soon reeling at 88 for 7, with Ashton Agar bowling a 4-0-21-2 economical innings.