BBL12, By six wickets, Sydney Thunder 143 for 4 (Davies 58, Ross 41*) defeated Perth Scorchers 142 for 9 (Turner 61, McAndrew 3-29). On Wednesday night, the Sydney Thunder defeated the Perth Scorchers by six wickets thanks to a well-crafted half-century by Oliver Davies.
Oliver Davies steers Sydney Thunder to a comfortable win, BBL12
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Thunder limited the hosts to 142 for 9 in 20 overs, then chased down the mark with three overs to spare. Davies hit 58 off 47 balls, including four fours and two sixes, leaving his team with 29 off 31 balls before he holed out to mid-off. Alex Ross completed the job with an undefeated 41 off 18 balls that included three fours and three sixes(BBL12). To make things worse for the hosts, top seamer Jhye Richardson was unable to complete his stint after collapsing on the field with two balls left in his fourth over.
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The Thunder matched the top-of-the-table Scorchers with five victories, snapping the latter’s eight-game winning streak at Optus Stadium. Thunder trailed by 10 runs after two overs, with Richardson on a hat-trick after dismissing international stars Alex Hales and Rilee Rossouw for ducks. However, Davies joined Matthew Gilkes (32) at the crease and the two put up an important 67-run stand off 52 balls.
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The Scorchers had also had a terrible start, falling to 47 for 4 after 10 overs, but the visitors recovered to get to 75 for 2 at the same juncture in their innings, requiring 68 runs from the remaining 60 deliveries. Earlier, Ashton Turner was the only Perth hitter to cause an issue for the Thunder bowlers, hitting 61 off 37 balls.The Scorchers decided to bat and fell to 10 for 2 after four powerplay overs, with their first boundary coming off the fourth ball of the fifth over. Faf du Plessis was caught at the third man after top-edging a ramp shot in his last tournament play.
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It continued his rough run at Optus Stadium; he scored 14, 6, 3, and 1 in front of the home crowd to end with a total of 163 runs, with a top score of 68, in seven innings. Joel Davies, Oliver Davies’ younger brother, made his BBL debut and was never far from the action, catching Cameron Bancroft and Nick Hobson as well as hitting blistering balls in from the deep that forced Adam Lyth and Matt Kelly to run out. Chris Green was frugal with 1 for 15 from four overs, while Nathan McAndrew (3 for 29 from four) eliminated danger man Turner as the innings progressed.
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