Bushrangers set big total in Final
Victoria has set Western Australia 204 runs for victory in the Twenty20 Big Bash final at the WACA Ground.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Bushrangers made a flying start, peeling 65 runs from the first five overs courtesy of a brutal display from opener Aiden Blizzard (47 off 20).
The in-form David Hussey (38 off 24) helped Victoria maintain their supremacy during the middle stages before Warriors spinner Aaron Heal (2-25), Ben Edmondson (2-42) and David Bandy (2-37, plus a run-out and a spectacular catch) slowed the runs.
But some late hitting from Shane Harwood (20 off 8), John Hastings (20 off 10) and Adam Crosthwaite (16 off 12) lifted the visitors past 200 after Victoria had slumped to 6-139 in the 16th over.
In an action-packed start to the match, Blizzard struck a flurry of boundaries while Brad Hodge slowly worked his way into the contest.
But there was no stopping Blizzard, who tonked left-arm paceman Daniel McLauchlan for 28 runs in the fourth over.
That over featured four sixes, one of which included an unbelievable heave that sailed over the mid-wicket grass embankment and into the practice nets.
The Bushrangers raced to 0-69 in the sixth over before Edmondson snared the breakthrough, dismissing Hodge for 23 after the right-hander skied an easy catch to wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.
The introduction of Edmondson had worked a treat, and Heal's introduction up the other end proved just as successful.
Heal ended Blizzard's brutal reign with a beautifully-flighted delivery that snuck past the charging batsman and into the gloves of Ronchi, who whipped off the bails with ease.
And when Bandy dismissed Cameron White for one, Victoria was reduced to 3-74 in the eighth over.
Hussey ensured the runs kept flowing, smashing Edmondson straight down the ground for six to bring up the team 100 in the 12th over.
McDonald and Hussey's 60-run stand revitalised Victoria's innings as the visitors sprinted to 3-134 after 13 overs, but their departure in quick succession, along with Rob Quiney's after a spectacular one-handed catch on the boundary from Bandy, saw Victoria slump to 6-139, before the tail-enders did their bit at the death.