Scorchers win by 39 runs
Scorchers take out Big Bash title
In front of a record crowd at the WACA, the Perth Scorchers comfortably beat the Hobart Hurricanes to claim their first Big Bash League title.PT1M32S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3286t 620 349 February 8, 2014
Perth Scorchers batsman Shaun Marsh has let the Australian selectors know that he has regained his fitness with a match-winning innings in the Big Bash League final against the Hobart Hurricanes.
Marsh, replaced in the Test squad in South Africa by Phil Hughes because of a calf injury, smashed an unbeaten 63 to lead the Scorchers to a 39-run victory in front of a record Perth BBL crowd of 20,783 at the WACA Ground.
That winning feeling: The Perth Scorchers celebrate winning the Big Bash League final. Photo: Getty Images
It was a case of third time lucky for the Perth side, which had hosted and lost the previous two BBL deciders.
Some big hitting late in the Perth innings by the younger Marsh brother, Mitch, allowed the home side to post a commanding total of 4-191 from its 20 overs.
Mitch Marsh, who had managed just 25 runs from his previous four innings, belted 37 from just nine balls, including three consecutive sixes from the 18th over, bowled by Dimi Mascarenhas.
Alfonso Thomas celebrates after taking a great catch. Photo: Getty Images
The Hurricanes' fielding didn't help their cause, with three dropped catches, a missed stumping by Tim Paine and some sloppy work in the outfield. Craig Simmons was dropped twice in his quickfire innings of 45 from 36 balls.
Left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff got the Scorchers defence off to a terrific start, getting rid of both Hobart openers Paine (seven runs) and the Player of the Tournament, Ben Dunk (17), early.
Brad Hogg also returned to form with the impressive figures of 2-17 from his four overs and when he had the emerging Jonathan Wells stumped by Sam Whiteman for 24, the job for the Hurricanes became very tough.
George Bailey tried to hold the run chase together, belting 58 from just 32 balls, with six boundaries and two sixes, one caught by Fremantle AFL player Tendai Mzungu, who was sitting with teammates in the crowd.
But when the Hobart captain was dismissed by Pat Cummins in the 15th over, caught by Alfonso Thomas at deep mid on, the Hurricanes still required 77 runs for an unlikely victory.
They finished with 7-152.