Shaun Marsh and his side Perth Scorchers went on a record run bender to crush the Adelaide Strikers by 98 runs on Thursday and qualified for the Big Bash League semi final.
Shaun Marsh scored 79 runs from 60 balls to become the This seasons top run scorer as Perth Scorchers scored 4 for 189 runs a record high score in this summer's T20 series. The Adelaide Strikers then collapsed to 91 runs all out in 18.3 overs in a unsuccessful run chase to end their season . The win leads Perth Scorchers to grab 2nd spot from the Melbourne Stars and book a home semi final next Wednesday.
Shaun Marsh cracked eight fours and two sixes to top the run scoring list with 328 runs ahead of Melbourne Renegades skipper Aaron Finch (309 runs. Marsh and Herschelle Gibbs (54 off 34 balls) built a strong platform for the Perth Scorchers with a 95 run opening stand from 12.1 overs.
The in form left hander was removed in the penultimate over as Adam Voges (35 off 18 balls) continued the aggressive of Adelaide's bowlers. The Adelaide Strikers' run chase was cruelled by early wickets, 2 for 5 after eight balls with Michael Klinger (0) and Travis Head (4) out. Tim Ludeman (11), Nathan Reardon (0) and Callum Ferguson (13) soon followed and Adelaide was a hopeless 5 for 39 runs in the 9th over, requiring a run rate forthcoming 13 runs an over to win.
Perth Scorchers fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed four batsmen yet curiously end with 3 for 12. Alfonsa Thomas take 3 for 14. Richardson finished with 20, the top score for the Adelaide Strikers.