BBL 2016/17 31st Match: Marsh guides Scorchers into BBL semi-finals

Marsh hammered seven boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 57

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Shaun Marsh smashed a superb 57 as the Perth Scorchers waltzed their way to a seven-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes and into the Big Bash League (BBL) semi-finals.

Being put in to bat first, the Hurricanes lost captain Tim Paine early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for just five runs.

The Scorchers continued to keep the pressure on the Hurricanes and struck at regular intervals to leave them in all sorts of trouble at 88/6.

However, thanks to an unbeaten 46-run partnership between Clive Rose and Jonathan Wells, who made 29 and 28 not out respectively, the Hurricanes ended up finishing on 134/6 off their 20 overs.

Johnson and Tim Bresnan picked up two wickets apiece, while Ashton Agar and skipper Adam Voges chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 135 to win, the Scorchers were dealt an early blow as wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman was caught and bowled by Rose for just nine runs.

Marsh and Michael Klinger made up for the loss of Whiteman with an 82-run stand, during which Marsh surpassed his half-century, before Klinger was dismissed by Cameron Boyce for 29.

Marsh went on to make 57 off 34 balls, which included seven boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Broad.

Despite Marsh’s departure, Voges and Ashton Turner mopped up the remaining runs to lead the Scorchers to victory with 37 balls to spare.

Broad, Rose and Boyce claimed one wicket each.

Marsh was named Man of the Match.

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