Warriors on top despite Finch half century
Aaron Finch scored a vital half century to give the DEC Bushrangers renewed hope after the Retravision Warriors tore through the defending champs top order at the WACA in Perth.
With the top order failing to fire Finch held the defending champion’s inning’s together with a resistant 61 which came from 46 deliveries to help the Bushrangers reach 145-8. The opener smashed 7 fours and 2 sixes before he was dismissed in the 14th over.
The Bushrangers got off to a great start thanks to Finch who smashed 12 runs from the first over which was bowled by Mick Leiws.
Any thought of a big score was soon ended though when Michael Hogan bowled Brad Hodge (0) at the start of the second over to set the tone of the game.
Matt Prior (6) and Matthew Wade (1) quickly followed as Hogan tore through the top order to leave the Bushrangers 48-3 after the end of the power play overs.
Bushrangers stand in skipper Andrew McDonald added 15 during a 4th wicket partnership of 26 with Finch he was caught by wicket keeper Luke Ronchi after edgeing behind a delivery from Brett Dorey in the 11th over.
With the pressure mounting Finch completed his 5th Big Bash half century before he was tempted into a big shot by Michael Beer who made the vital breakthrough for the home side.
The spinner tossed up a delivery in the 14th over which the opener tried to steer over the long off boundary for another six only to get a top edge which was caught by Luke Pomersbach at point.
Despite losing Finch, Glen Maxwell (1) and Dwayne Bravo (16) in quick succession John Hastings (26) and James Pattinson (10) remained calm to add 25 runs during a vital 8th wicket stand to give the Bushrangers fresh hope.