BBL 2018/19 51st Match: Turner’s 69 flattens the Stars

Ashton Turner 69 Perth Scorchers Melbourne Stars Big Bash League BBL 51st Match cricket

Ashton Turner struck seven boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 69

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Ashton Turner walloped a 42-ball 69 as the Perth Scorchers beat the Melbourne Stars by 27 runs to secure their fourth win in 13 games.

Being put in to bat first, the Scorchers got off to a good start as openers Josh Inglis and captain Michael Klinger, who will retire from the Big Bash League (BBL) after the ongoing season, amassed a 47-run partnership before Inglis was caught by Stars captain Glenn Maxwell at mid-off off the bowling of Jackson Bird for 26.

Klinger went on to make 30 before he was caught by Nic Maddinson at deep extra cover off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

Turner and Bancroft stabilised the innings with an 87-run stand, during which Turner sailed past his fifty, before he was dismissed by Adam Zampa for a 42-ball 69, which included seven boundaries and three sixes.

Bancroft went on to score an unbeaten 44, which came off 27 deliveries and included a boundary and two sixes, as the Scorchers finished on 182/3.

Bird, Plunkett and Zampa picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 183 to win, Stars opener Ben Dunk was dismissed in controversial fashion as there was debate about whether Nick Hobson took the catch cleanly at square leg.

However, the third umpire ruled that there was enough evidence to suggest the catch was taken, and the soft signal was upheld.

After removing Dunk, Nathan Coulter-Nile struck again in his next over as he had Peter Handscomb caught by Mitchell Marsh at mid-off for two runs.

Marcus Stoinis and Maxwell steadied things as they forged a 106-run partnership, during which Maxwell brought up his fifty, before he was sent packing by Andrew Tye for 61, which came off 40 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes.

Stoinis went on to make a 40-ball 49, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught by Turner at extra cover off the bowling of Marsh.

Once Stoinis was gone, the Stars lost wickets in a hurry as they went from 118/4 to finishing on 155/9.

Coulter-Nile and Matthew Kelly took three wickets apiece, while Tye snapped up two and Marsh claimed one.

Turner was named Man of the Match.

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