Marsh fireworks secure Warriors victory
Shaun Marsh celebrated his call up into the Australian ODI squad with a wonderful half century to help the Retravision Warriors cruise to 7 wicket victory against the DEC Bushrangers at the WACA Perth.
Marsh smashed 94 runs from just 59 deliveries, including 9 fours and 3 sixes as the Warriors completed a comprehensive victory which keeps their hopes of reaching the KFC t20 Big Bash Preliminary Final alive.
The defeat, their third in the tournament leaves the Bushrangers bottom of the table with just 1 win which leaves the defending champions in danger of missing out on the knock out stages for the first time in the 6 year history of the Big Bash.
Faced with a run chase of 146 the Warriors got off to a disappointing start losing Chris Gayle (1) and Adam Voges (8) inside the first 5 overs but with Marsh at the crease the run chase gained momentum.
With the game evenly balanced after the loss of those early wickets the Bushrangers could have taken control of the game but Marsh and new partner Luke Pomersbach built a 3rd wicket partnership of 99 to take the game away from the visitors.
Having been dropped by Matt Prior in the 11th over Pomersbach’s (35) innings was finally ended by Dwayne Bravo who pulled off a stunning diving catch out on the boundary to leave the home side needing just 11 runs from 25 deliveries.
Luke Ronchi (1) quickly followed but Marsh remained at the crease to hit the winnings runs.
With the top order failing to fire Aaron 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.