Scorchers-Stars encounter called off due to rain

back icon
safari
16 Dec 2020 | 07:28 AM
author
Hardik Worah

Scorchers-Stars encounter called off due to rain

The match points and Bash Boost points were shared equally between the two sides

heart

Share

Colin Munro, Joe Clarke and Ashton Turner produced blistering innings before rain made its presence felt and the match between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars had to be called off. Both teams were given two points each - 1.5 for a no-result and 0.5 for Bash Boost.

Asked to bat, Munro (36-ball 49), Clarke (16-ball 34) and Turner (17-ball 39) produced some fireworks before the Stars made a comeback and reduced Perth to 158/6 in 17 overs. That's when the rain intensified and the match was stopped for an hour and a half. Melbourne were given a revised target of 76 in six overs but only 1.1 overs were possible in the second innings as the rain made a comeback and the match had to be called off.

It was a bit overcast at Launceston and Billy Stanlake and Nathan Coulter-Nile got decent movement with the new ball. Having got out cheaply in the first encounter, Munro and Josh Inglis were slightly cautious with their approach but managed a boundary each in the first two overs. Inglis, who slammed over 400 runs last season, however once again failed to contribute much as he was caught at mid-wicket after mistiming a pull shot off Stanlake. The two pacers bowled with pretty good control in the Powerplay and didn't allow Perth to get off to a rapid start.  

Coming in at No. 3, Clarke however didn't allow the Stars bowlers to dictate terms and went after Tom O'Connell. The legspinner was playing his first game of the season and Clarke didn't allow him to settle in. The right-hander from England smoked him for a couple of sixes and then took the attack to Clint Hinchliffe in the very next over. Munro too started to get into his groove as Perth accumulated 32 runs in the space of two overs. 

The Stars surely missed the services of Adam Zampa who was rested for this game and skipper Glenn Maxwell straightaway introduced Liam Hatcher into the attack after two expensive overs from the spinners. The right-arm paceman, who took three wickets on his debut against Sydney Thunder, was at it again as he had Clarke (16-ball 34) caught behind off his very first delivery. Hatcher then got rid of Mitchell Marsh on the very next delivery and could have killed all the momentum Perth had gained from the previous two overs.  

The onus was now on Munro to step up and the left-hander from New Zealand didn't disappoint. The 33-year-old started finding boundaries at regular intervals and found good support from his captain Turner. The frontline spinners didn't have a great day and Melbourne used their X-factor sub, replacing O'Connell with Ben Dunk to add more depth to the already long batting line-up, knowing they might be chasing a massive total.

While Munro was scoring at a decent rate, Turner turned the game on its head by smashing five sixes in the space of two overs. He first smoked Maxwell for a couple of sixes and then blasted Hilton Cartwright for 23 runs. Turner hit 39 off just 17 deliveries before falling to Nic Maddinson. The Scorchers were scoring at more than 10 runs per over and Maxwell had no other option but to bring his frontline seamers back into the attack. 

However, it was the part-timer Maddinson who was getting all the important wickets. The left-arm spinner didn't just slow things down but also had Munro (36-ball 49) caught at deep mid-wicket one short of a well-deserved fifty. Maddinson only conceded eight runs in his two overs and also picked up two massive wickets. The departure of Turner and Munro affected Perth's scoring rate in a big way. 

The Scorchers took the Power Surge (overs 17-18) to up the ante but kept losing wickets. Stanlake bowled his final over in the Power Surge and finished with figures of 2/28 before it started raining at Launceston and spoiled all the fun.  

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Melbourne StarsPerth ScorchersBig Bash League, 2020/21Liam Conor HatcherJoe Michael ClarkeColin MunroAshton James Turner

Related Articles

safari
REPORT
Table-toppers Sixers knock Stars out of BBL 10
Adelaide Strikers made it to the playoffs after Glenn Maxwell and Co. went down by five wickets
userHardik Worah
26 Jan 2021
safari
REPORT
Heat survive Marsh scare to confirm finals berth
The Scorchers batsman smoked 54* off 26 but Brisbane managed to win the encounter by six runs
userHardik Worah
26 Jan 2021
safari
REPORT
Scorchers move to top of BBL table after defeating Stars
This is the Scorchers' eighth win in their last nine games
userNitin Fernandes
23 Jan 2021
safari
REPORT
Heat collapse to hand Scorchers a 59-run win
Heat were bowled out for 115 in reply to Scorchers' 174
userPramod Ananth
19 Jan 2021
safari
REPORT
Richardson stars in Scorchers' 17-run win over Thunder
Sydney Thunder were bowled out for 168 in reply to Perth Scorchers' 185
userPramod Ananth
09 Jan 2021
safari
REPORT
Scorchers overpower Sixers, secure third successive win
Fifties from Colin Munro and Mitchell Marsh, followed by excellent bowling performances by Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson helped the Scorchers defeat the Sixers by 86 runs
userNitin Fernandes
06 Jan 2021
safari
REPORT
All-round Scorchers smash Renegades
Josh Inglis and Colin Munro impressed with the bat before Perth bundled out Melbourne for just 89
userHardik Worah
03 Jan 2021
safari
ANALYSIS
Scorchers look for first win as they take on formidable Stars
The Ashton Turner-led side will be up against Maxwell and Co. who have pocketed all the eight points on offer in two games
userHardik Worah
15 Dec 2020
safari
REPORT
Two wins in less than 24 hours for Melbourne Stars
Stoinis slammed 61 before Zampa and Hatcher shared five wickets between them to help Melbourne beat Sydney Thunder
userHardik Worah
12 Dec 2020
safari
NZ VS IND, 1ST T20I
Rahul, Iyer star in India's third-highest T20I run chase
The two batsmen scored half-centuries as India chased down 204 with an over to spare
userHardik Worah
24 Jan 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved