The Perth Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh has gone absolutely nuts at Optus Stadium, slamming 93 off just 41 balls to lead his side to a 34-run win against the Brisbane Heat in Perth.
The Heat were riding a three-game winning streak but had no answers when Mitch Marsh consolidated.
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His late order heroic guided the Perth Scorchers to record the side’s biggest ever total reaching 3/213 after 20 overs, including finishing with three sixes.
It was a brutal knock from Marsh, who shared a 57-ball 124 run stand with Cameron Bancroft, who ended up with a respectable 29-ball 41.
But it was Marsh who was the chief destroyer with an incredible finish that left fans speechless, ending with eight sixes in his BBL best.
Even more crazy, he went from 19 off 17 balls, hitting 74 off his final 24 balls.
Aussie legend Michael Hussey even believes Marsh has “got to be” in Australia’s T20 World Cup plans.
After Marsh broke his hand after reportedly punching a wall following a dismissal in Sheffield Shield, it looked like his Australian days could be numbered.
But a brilliant BBL campaign has returned Marsh to the forefront of Hussey mind in particular.
“It was very impressive,” Hussey said. “Along with Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh is the most damaging player at the back end of an innings. It is unbelievable to watch.
“(He has) So much power. He must be such a difficult man to bowl to. You just have to miss by millimetres and you are going out of the park.”
Marsh has made 307 runs at 51.16 this BBL campaign with a strike rate of 156.63 and is third on the run scorers list behind Melbourne Stars pai Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.
The fans were blown away by Marsh’s brutality.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) January 11, 2020
3 sixes off the last 3 balls to go to 93 off 41 balls for Mitch Marsh and Scorchers make a monster 3-213. Must be a good deck. Expect fireworks from Lynn, Banton, Bryant and company. #BBL09
— Michael Randall (@MickRandallHS) January 11, 2020
Thought maxi might have played the innings of #BBL09 last night but mitch marsh has trumped it in 24 hours. Back to you tmrw night maxi.
— ron reed (@reedrw) January 11, 2020
Scintillating display from Mitch Marsh 93* (41) with 8 sixes. A big hitting masterclass – with three Sixers to finish the innings as @ScorchersBBL put on 3/213 against @HeatBBL
Itâs Marshâs highest T20 score and he now leads the #BBL09 for most sixes.
— Clint Wheeldon (@ClintWheeldon) January 11, 2020
— Lachy Reid (@Lachy_Reid) January 11, 2020
The Heat started off well, needing the second biggest chase in BBL history with Tom Banton getting off to a flyer with a 50 off 25 balls.
But with wickets falling at the other end, the Heat ran out of steam, losing regular wickets as the Scorchers held on for the big win.
Brisbane Heat star Tom Banton is about to leave the BBL so AB De Villiers can come in but he’s leading the Heat in an unlikely chase.
After the Scorchers hit the third highest score in BBL history, the Heat have lost three wicket but Banton is leading the way.
50 off 25 balls has the Heat well placed, but with Max Bryant, Chris Lynn and Matthew Renshaw back in the sheds, it’s interestingly poised.
James Pattinson may have settled back in well to the Aussie Test team but the Big Bash is a different kettle of fish.
In his comeback to the BBL, he plummeted back to earth, going for 0/52 off his four overs, reaching the bowlers half-century in 3.4 overs.
It was a spanking and even Mike Hussey was taking a shot saying “welcome back to the BBL”.
He wasn’t the only one with Mitch Marsh spanking him for a 103m six.
Incredibly, Pattinson wasn’t the most assaulted bowler, with all-time leading BBL wicket taker Ben Laughlin going for 1/60 off his four overs, but it may have been as a result of the final over going for 23 as the Scorchers reached 3/213.
Perth Scorchers: Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis, Sam Whiteman, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (c), Cameron Green, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
Brisbane Heat: Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson, Ben Cutting, James Pattinson, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan.
Matthew Renshaw has issued a cheeky dig for those who wrote off the Brisbane Heat after the side survived another collapse to fall into third spot on the Big Bash League ladder.
The all-rounder was involved in the moment of the night on Thursday at the Gabba, parrying the ball back in-field to Tom Banton for a bizarre but legal catch assist that had many scrambling for the rule books.
Chasing just 127 for victory, the Heat lost 4-19 but recovered thanks to an unbeaten 60-run stand between Ben Cutting (43 off 29) and Jimmy Peirson (23 off 25).
Renshaw (nine off six) was one of those to fall in the collapse and admitted, after three failed chases already this season, they had almost “stuffed it up” again.
Brisbane were 1-3 after a New Year’s Day loss to Perth captain Chris Lynn felt compelled to apologise for.
But after three straight wins and with AB de Villiers, James Pattinson and Mujeeb Ur Rahman due to arrive next week they’re now sitting pretty.
“Everyone was calling us out after the first four games,” Renshaw said. “But you know how quickly it can change … we don’t want to back-end it like we have in the past, we want to challenge for first and second and get a home semi as well.”
Despite plenty of scares, Renshaw celebrated the fact his side was able to get the monkey off their back with a win batting second.
“Yeah that was probably a bit of the background to our panic, but knowing we can win from a fair few positions is exciting,” he said.