Our boys are taking on the top of the table Scorchers tonight at the WACA in what is sure to prove their toughest match yet. The action kicks off in the west at 9.15pm AEDT so it’s a bit of a later game for us here in Melbourne, but we know it’s going to be one you definitely do not want to miss!
Last Time We Met
Melbourne Stars 3-140 def. Perth Scorchers 7-139 by 7 wickets.
The last time the boys took on the Scorchers was in the Semi-Final last year and the win took them through to the Big Final so we KNOW the Scorchers will be out for payback. It was a good all round game by the boys to seal the win, especially with the likes of Maxi and Faulks on national duties. KP top-scored with the bat, making 62 off just 36 balls, with Stoin contributing a handy 44. Franky Worrall was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 3-25 off his four overs, while Stoin, Hilfy, Beery and Zamps all snagged one wicket each.
Players to Watch
KP is our most prolific run-scorer this season, having made 180 runs so far. He top-scored in our last match against the Scorchers with an incredible 62 off only 36 balls and was named Player of the Match after steering our boys to the win. We know how big KP can go and we have yet to see him truly let loose with the bat so this important game could just prove to be the one…
Bolo is having a great season for the Stars in BBL|06 and has already taken eight wickets in total. He had his best game against the Strikers on Tuesday, finishing with four wickets for 30 runs, proving a real weapon in our bowling attack. What’s really interesting is that in his last two games Bolo has taken a wicket off his first ball, with his change of pace from our spinners proving a challenge for our opposition. We would keep your eyes peeled for that first ball when he takes to the pitch tonight Stars fans!
Bobby is in ripper form at the moment and is simply relishing his time at the top of the order. Of his three matches to date, Bobby has managed a half-century in two of those games, getting the boys off to a great batting start. With a strike rate of nearly 200, and as our second highest run-scorer, we can’t wait to see what Bobby does next!
Klinger is in great form for the Scorchers and has the most runs for the season so far. His biggest score sits at 81 and has the ability to both blast them around the ground and steadily build a total through some great running between the wickets. Klinger is a real measure for the boys in orange – if he has a good night with the bat they prove hard to beat so he will no doubt be top of the list for most-wanted wickets.
Tye has had a fantastic season to date, taking at least one wicket in every match he’s played this season. Taking nine wickets in total – the most of any Scorchers player – Tye can seal a win off his own merits. His hat-trick against the Heat on Wednesday (only the second ever hat-trick in the Big Bash) proved just how dangerous he can be and what he’s capable of.
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Our game tonight is an important one for our boys and could mean the difference between sealing a spot in the top four and sliding back into the pack. Coming off two wins, the boys are starting to build and will no doubt want to continue their form at the WACA. It’s definitely going to be a challenge against the in-form Scorchers but we know our Stars are up for the fight!
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With only two losses from their six games, the Scorchers sit on top of the BBL ladder and are the team to beat in the competition. With a well-balanced team and a host of players who can and have won games off their own skills, the Scorchers are going to prove the toughest opponent yet for our boys. All we know is that we’re going to see one great game of cricket tonight!
With the boys playing over at the Furnace tonight, the game has a slightly later start, kicking off at 9.15pm. But you can still catch all the action LIVE on Channel 10 in what is sure to be the toughest challenge for the boys yet.