Sydney Thunder has secured a 6-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium to jump back into the top four on the BBL ladder.
Despite a few missed opportunities early, Thunder managed to restrict the Scorchers to 1-47 after the power play. Clever bowling by Chris Green (2-35) and Fawad Ahmed (0-26) through the middle kept the home side to 4-130 after 17 however the Scorchers piled on 51 runs from the final three overs to finish 4-181. This late charge was led by Shaun Marsh (96* from 55) who made Thunder pay for two dropped catches in the first and ninth overs.
Chasing 182 to win, debutant Matthew Gilkes was promoted up the order to open with Shane Watson. After Watson (8) was dismissed early, Gilkes (51 from 38) and Callum Ferguson put together a 120-run partnership to keep victory within reach. After Gilkes' dismissal, Ferguson carried on to score a brilliant 113* from just 53 deliveries to steer Thunder home with four balls to spare.
Thunder made two changes to the side that lost the Melbourne Renegades at Spotless Stadium on Tuesday night. Matthew Gilkes made his debut, coming into the side for injured keeper Jay Lenton, and Nathan McAndrew replaced Arjun Nair.
The Scorchers made four changes to the side that lost to the Hobart Hurricanes last Friday night. They welcomed Shaun Marsh for his first game of the season while Mitch Marsh and Jason Behrendorff returned to the side and Nick Hobson made his debut.
Sydney Thunder: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Nathan McAndrew, Daniel Sams, Gurdiner Sandhu, Jason Sangha.
Perth Scorchers: Mitch Marsh (c), Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nick Hobson, Matt Kelly, Shaun Marsh, Usman Qadir, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye.
THE TURNING POINT
Callum Ferguson belted three sixes from the tenth over to completely swing the momentum of the game in Thunder's favour.
THE FINAL OVER
Thunder required 7 runs to win. Andrew Tye had the ball for the Scorchers with Callum Ferguson on strike.
Ferguson blasted a six from the first ball and made a single from the second to get his side home by six wickets with four balls remaining.
PERFORMER OF THE MATCH
Callum Ferguson put together an unbelievable performance to steer Thunder to victory. His match-winning 113* is the highest score by any Thunder batsman and included a massive 8 fours and 8 sixes.
Thunder head to Melbourne for the first time this season to take on the Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday 30 January. The 7:15pm fixture will be broadcast live on Fox Cricket.
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