Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars live blog, live stream, how to watch, squads, scores, videos, Glenn Maxwell comeback
The Melbourne Stars and the Perth Scorchers go head-to-head at the GMHBA stadium in an exciting match.
The Stars come off a victory over the Adelaide Strikers at the MCG on Monday night, led by Joe Clarke’s 83 points and his fourth consecutive 50.
And they are spurred on by the return of skipper Glenn Maxell after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, while other stars Marcus Stoinis remain on the sidelines with a back injury.
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During this time. This is mixed news for the Scorchers as the team welcomes Jason Behrendorff again but loses Cameron Bancroft late after “coming into contact with a suspected case of COVID-19 this morning.”
Perth sits at the top of the BBL standings, coming off three wins in their last four games, including a 50-point triumph over the Stars at Junction Oval.
Perth skipper Ashton Turner led the team’s victory over the Sixers with 69 points or 41 balls.
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The Scorchers won the toss and chose to strike, while Kurtis Patterson was left behind by just eight points in third place.
Nick Hobson and Laurie Evans then charged the visitors forward, including a dominating seventh point of 13 points to lead Perth to a total of 68 points.
Controversy erupted after the 10th as the batsmen did not switch sides, clearly losing track during the mid-inning break.
Laurie Evans hit a monster six on the first ball of the 11th despite finishing 10th at the end of the striker. It triggered a crash of 18 for Perth during the surge.
“I’ve never seen this before,” said Fox Sports commentator and former Australian star Mark Waugh.
“You have to start over if you have the wrong guys on strike. Don’t you know what end you are if you are a drummer? “
But commentator Brendon Julian disagreed, saying, “I don’t think so, no. You kind of have an idea, but you go out and go all the way.
“At the 10 mark you have drinks, the trainer comes out, then they take the Power Surge, so there is a bit of going on.
“Once it’s done, it’s done, if the mistake is made, you continue. It’s like missing a no ball isn’t it?
“It’s amazing the defensive team didn’t pick up on this mistake.”
Bowling great Brett Lee added, “It’s safe, you take the Power Surge and you’re on strike. Thank you.
“It’s 18 races, that could change a game, change all the momentum of the Stars for the whole season.”
Waugh pointed out how “there is a little difference if it’s Glenn Maxwell on strike or someone else”.
“For me, they should start over. I think there will be a protest but at the end of the heats there will be something said.
Julian replied, “We’ll have to find what can be done, I don’t think anything can be done.”
Hobson (46) and Evans (69) helped put the Scorchers in a dominant position after their 83-point partnership. Turner then hit 47 and 26 balls to end the innings for Perth strong, finishing 3-196.
The Stars lost several key wickets early on amid the pressure against an imposing required run rate.
This included the dismissal of returning skipper Glenn Maxwell, who never got comfortable, for just five runs.
Melbourne opener Beau Webster was up for the fight, however, raising his 50 with a six to 11 to keep the Stars running.
Stars: Glenn Maxwell, Joe Clarke, Nick Larkin, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Wesbster, Sam Rainbird, Qais Ahmad, Adam Zampa (c), Haris Rauf, Brody Couch
X Factors: Clint Hinchcliffe, Tom O’Connell
Burners: Kurtis Patterson, Nick Hobson, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Chris Sabburg, Ahston Agar, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorf, Peter Hazoglou
X factors: Lance Morris, David Moody
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