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Big Bash League: Melbourne Stars beat Perth Scorchers to ensure home semi-final

Perth The Melbourne Stars secured a home semi-final in dramatic fashion after thrashing the Perth Scorchers by 52 runs in Saturday night's BBL clash at the WACA Ground.

The Stars needed to win the match by 38 runs to secure a home semi-final.

Stars' top-scorer David Hussey goes the cross-bat route.
Stars' top-scorer David Hussey goes the cross-bat route. Photo: Getty Images

That scenario appeared unlikely after the Stars were restricted to just 9-146.

But a dramatic Scorchers' batting collapse turned the match on its head, with the home side bowled out for 94 in 19 overs.

The result means the Stars will host the Scorchers in next Friday's semi-final at the MCG.

Ladder-leading Adelaide Strikers will host either the Sydney Thunder or Melbourne Renegades in the other semi-final on Thursday night.

The Stars had their bowling unit to thank for the famous win.

Daniel Worrall (3-15 off four overs) and Ben Hilfenhaus (3-17) were superb, while spinner Adam Zampa (2-16) was also crucial.

Evan Gulbis of the Stars gives a delivery the full treatment as Scorchers' wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb looks on.
Evan Gulbis of the Stars gives a delivery the full treatment as Scorchers' wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb looks on. Photo: Getty Images

And the cricket gods were definitely smiling on the Stars.

Scorchers import Michael Carberry was out for seven after the ball bobbed from his glove and body onto the stumps.

Cameron Bancroft was then stumped when the ball rebounded off the wicketkeeper's gloves and onto the stumps.

At 5-34 in the eighth over, the Scorchers were in all sorts of trouble.

Reaching 109 — a total that would guarantee them hosting rights for the semi-final — became their sole focus.

WA skipper Adam Voges (46no) was the Scorchers' main hope.

But he was fast running out of partners.

At 8-85, Perth needed 24 runs off the last 18 balls to reach the magical 109 figure.

But when Brad Hogg hit out and Matt Dixon was bowled, it was game over.

Earlier in the night, the Stars were lucky to reach 9-146 in their innings.

After slumping to 4-55 in the eighth over, David Hussey (36 off 25 balls) helped steady the ship.

But two dropped catches came back to haunt the Scorchers.

Evan Gulbis was on one when Matt Dixon put down the simplest of catches at short third man in the 15th over.

And next ball, Carberry dropped what would have been a one-handed screamer on the boundary.

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Team P W L NR T Pts NRR
Adelaide Strikers 7 6 1 - - 12 0.426
Melbourne Stars 8 5 3 - - 10 0.366
Perth Scorchers 8 5 3 - - 10 0.181
Sydney Thunder 8 4 4 - - 8 0.375
Melbourne Renegades 7 3 4 - - 6 0.156
Brisbane Heat 8 3 5 - - 6 -0.204
Hobart Hurricanes 8 3 5 - - 6 -0.955
Sydney Sixers 8 2 6 - - 4 -0.330