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Morris magic powers Thunder to victory

26 January 2020

Thunder keep finals dreams alive with thrilling win over the Scorchers at Sydney Showground Stadium

Sydney Thunder has secured a thrilling seven-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers at Sydney Showground Stadium to keep the club's finals dreams alive.

Winning the bat flip and electing to bat first, the Scorchers made a fast start through in-form opening duo Liam Livingstone and Josh Inglis before Chris Morris struck in the fifth over.

The Scorchers were unable to regain momentum, with Thunder restricting the Perth side to just 99 after 15 overs before rain fell and delayed play.

Daniel Sams extended his lead as the wearer of the BKT Golden Arm cap by taking a further one wicket to take his season's tally to 25. He now holds the record for the most wickets taken in a season.

With Thunder's season on the line, Alex Hales smashed 47 runs from 27 deliveries before Chris Morris finished the job with two balls to spare.

THE TEAMS

Thunder made one change with right-arm quick Chris Tremain coming into the side for leg-spinner Liam Bowe, while the Scorchers welcomed South African star Morne Morkel.

Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Jonathan Cook, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain

Scorchers: Mitch Marsh (C), Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Tim David, Johs Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Morne Morkel, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner

PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH

Alex Hales.

The big-hitting Englishman continued his brilliant form, smashing 47 runs from 27 deliveries to set up Thunder's chase.

THE NEXT STOP

Thunder face a nervous wait to see if the side has qualified for finals...