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Thunder fall to Scorchers in Perth

21 January 2020

Hales half-century not enough as Thunder go down by eight wickets

Sydney Thunder has fallen to the Perth Scorchers by eight wickets on a tough night at Optus Stadium.

Englishman Alex Hales smashed 85 runs from 59 deliveries however had little support as Thunder posted a total of 153.

The Scorchers proved too strong on home turf as openers Josh Inglis (58 from 41) and Liam Livingstone (78 from 49) set up the Perth side for a comfortable eight-wicket win with 27 balls to spare.

THE TEAMS

Thunder made one change with off-spinning all-rounder Arjun Nair coming into the side for fast bowler Nathan McAndrew, while the Scorchers made no changes after a loss to the Stars.

Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Liam Bowe, Brendan Doggett, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu

Scorchers: Mitch Marsh (C), Fawad Ahmed, Cam Bancroft, Tim David, Cam Green, Josh Inglis, Chris Jordan, Matt Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson

PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH

Alex Hales.

The big-hitting Englishman was the shining light for Thunder, smashing 85 runs from 59 deliveries, including 10 fours and three sixes.

He has now overtaken skipper Callum Ferguson as the side's leading wicket-taker of the tournament, with 339 runs.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The spirit of the team shone through on a tough night when Brendan Doggett dropped three catches.

When the ball came Doggett's way a fourth time, he held onto the catch and the whole team got around him.

THE NEXT STOP

Thunder's road trip continues with the side travelling to Hobart before returning home to Sydney Showground Stadium to take on the Scorchers on Sunday (26 January, 2:45pm start). Tickets are on sale now, with kids from $5 and adults from $20!

BBL|09 TICKETS

Sunday 26 January | Vs Perth Scorchers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 2.45PM