BBL 2016/17 1st Semi-final: Johnson, Marsh guide Scorchers into BBL final

Johnson finished with figures of 3-3 off his four overs

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Mitchell Johnson produced a bowling spell to be remembered as he took three wickets and conceded just three runs to finish with the most economical figures in Big Bash League (BBL) history.

Shaun Marsh, meanwhile, smashed an unbeaten 56 as the Perth Scorchers booked their spot in the final of the BBL following a seven-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars.

Opting to bowl first, the Scorchers got off to the best possible start as Johnson dismissed Rob Quiney off the very first ball of the match.

Three balls later, Johnson had his second wicket as Luke Wright fell for a duck.

Johnson continued to keep the Stars at bay and he was rewarded for his tight bowling once again as he removed Kevin Pietersen for just five runs.

Jhye Richardson also joined the party as he sent Marcus Stoinis packing for five runs.

With the Stars in a world of trouble at 26/4, they began to rebuild through a 52-run partnership between wicketkeeper Seb Gotch and captain David Hussey.

Hussey was eventually dismissed for 26, while Gotch went on to make 48 off 47 balls, which included three boundaries and three sixes.

But, it was thanks to Gotch’s sturdy innings that the Stars were able to finish on 136/8 off their 20 overs.

Johnson was easily the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Richardson, Tim Bresnan, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye and Ashton Turner took one wicket apiece.

Chasing 137 to win, the Scorchers lost opener Michael Klinger early on, but wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman and Marsh came to the rescue with a 54-run partnership.

Whiteman ended up falling for 31, while captain Adam Voges could only score 13, but their side got across the finish line comfortably in the end as Marsh and Ian Bell put together an unbeaten 49-run stand.

Marsh finished on 56 off 44 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Bell remained undefeated on 26 off 15 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Marsh raises his bat after bringing up his half-century

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Stoinis, Evan Gulbis and Daniel Worrall claimed one wicket each.

Johnson was named Man of the Match.

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