CLT20 4th Match: Marsh hits two sixes off last two balls to hand Perth stunning victory

Marsh celebrates after leading his team to victory

Marsh celebrates after leading his team to victory

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Perth Scorchers all-rounder Mitchell Marsh achieved something people only dream of when he smashed two sixes off the last two balls to lead his side to a stunning six-wicket win over the Sunfoil Dolphins in Chandigarh.

Marsh, who scored an unbeaten 40, was well supported by opening batsman Craig Simmons and wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Whiteman, who made 48 and 45 respectively.

However, Dolphins batsman Khaya Zondo deserves some credit as well as he hit a valiant 63.

Dolphins captain Morne van Wyk would have been regretting his decision to bat first after he himself was clean bowled by Joel Paris for just four runs.

Paris struck again the very next ball when he shattered Cody Chetty’s stumps to dismiss him for a golden duck.

Things went from bad to worse for the Dolphins when Cameron Delport was caught behind off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for eight runs.

Keshav Maharaj steered the Dolphins back in the right direction with his quickfire knock of 29 before he was caught by Paris at third man off the bowling of Behrendorff.

Daryn Smit scored 21 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Yasir Arafat.

Vaughan van Jaarsveld only made seven runs before he was caught by Paris at mid-off off the bowling of Behrendorff.

Andile Phehlukwayo managed to make 14 runs before he was cleaned up by Arafat.

Thanks to Zondo’s unbeaten knock of 63, which came off 50 balls and included seven boundaries, the Dolphins finished on 164/7 off their 20 overs.

Zondo made a gutsy 63

Zondo made a gutsy 63

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Behrendorff was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Arafat and Paris chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Chasing 165 to win, the Scorchers got off to a poor start as captain Adam Voges was given out lbw off the bowling of Kyle Abbott for seven runs.

Simmons and Whiteman made up for the early loss of Voges with a 55-run partnership before Simmons was caught and bowled by Delport for 48 runs, which came off 36 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Simmons' excellent form with the bat continued

Simmons’ excellent form with the bat continued

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Whiteman and Marsh kept the runs flowing with a 49-run partnership before Whiteman was caught by Smit at long-on off the bowling of Craig Alexander.

Whiteman’s brilliant knock of 45 came off 32 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Whiteman struck six boundaries and a six during his innings of 45

Whiteman struck six boundaries and a six during his innings of 45

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Needing 16 runs to win off the last over, Marsh took a single off the first ball before Ashton Agar was caught by Alexander at short fine leg off the bowling of Robbie Frylinck for 15 runs.

The Scorchers only managed to get three runs off the next two balls, which left them needing 12 runs off the last two balls to win.

This was the scenario that made Marsh the hero of Perth as he walloped two mighty sixes to lead his side to an improbable six-wicket win.

Marsh ended up making 40 off 26 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, while Ashton Turner remained undefeated on three.

Abbott, Alexander, Frylinck and Delport claimed one wicket each.

Van Wyk was gutted to have lost off the last ball of the match, and said: “Could be on either side of it today, just roll with it. Proud of the way we fought, but a game like this is great for cricket. Feel for Robbie, he’s part of the reason we’re here and he’ll get it next time. Credit to the Scorchers, we pulled things back a bit from them. We showed character and hung in there. A win would have been nice, but we [have taken] a lot of confidence on the board.”

Voges was still in shock at what he had just witnessed, and said: “What a finish, An incredible game, we played really well. To get 12 off the last two balls and Mitch hitting them for sixes. Great. They batted deep so they kept coming. Joel Paris bowled beautifully early on, things went a little awry in the latter stages. In the Big Bash we found ways to win games and Kolkata is next.”

Marsh was named Man of the Match, and said: “My partner was saying clear your head and swing hard. Lost for words. They hit their yorkers really well, could have gone either way, we were lucky enough to win. Usually I’m not in for the last two balls, so I’m glad I was there at the end.”

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