Perth Scorchers 6 for 142 (Cartwright 58, Voges 35, Faulkner 2-19) beat Melbourne Stars 8 for 129 (Faulkner 35*, Tye 5-23) by 13 runs
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Perth Scorchers continue to do what they do best.
Even when it seemed as if they had not made enough runs, their high-quality attack, led by five wickets from Andrew Tye, found a way to defend 142 and defeat Melbourne Stars.
Tye claimed the spoils, as he did against Sydney Sixers, but all five of the Scorchers bowlers were frugal. They delivered 53 dot balls between them with no bowler conceding more than 7.5 runs per over.
They found a way with the bat too, after being reduced to 3 for 10 in the fourth over. But Hilton Cartwright and Adam Voges steadied the innings with an 83-run stand and some late hitting from Ashton Agar gave the bowlers the buffer they needed.
Scorchers dealt their own medicine
In last season’s semi-final at the WACA, the Stars’ top order slumped to 4 for 26 against Scorchers in the Powerplay. The Stars got their own back after choosing to bowl first on Tuesday evening. James Faulkner and Michael Beer bowled six overs between them to take 3 for 29.
Faulkner swung the ball into the right-handers first up and then induced an outside edge from Will Bosisto with one that angled across. Michael Klinger, on return from personal leave, and Ashton Turner, Man of the Match against the Sydney Sixers, were victims of a build-up of pressure. There were nine dot balls bowled in 13 deliveries before Klinger holed out to mid-on and three more in the next four before Turner played all over a straight ball from Beer.
The left-arm spinner finished with extraordinary figures of 1 for 14 from four overs with 15 dots. Faulkner, having only bowled one over in the Stars’ loss to the Brisbane Heat, took 2 for 19 from his three overs.
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Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth
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