With blazing half-centuries, Faf du Plessis and Josh Inglis drove the Perth Scorchers to a 61-run hammering of the Melbourne Stars. As the defending champions flashed their might at Junction Oval on Friday, Inglis hit the quickest fifty of the season – from only 25 balls.
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He surpassed opener du Plessis’ (68 off 33) earlier in the innings, as the duo helped the Scorchers reach 229 for 7. It was the third-highest score in competition history, establishing a new club record, and the first 200-plus total by any team this season. Du Plessis’ spectacular knock featured six fours and five sixes until he was caught off Luke Wood, who finished with career-best figures of 5 for 50.
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Inglis continued where the former South Africa captain left off, blasting five fours and six sixes, while Nick Hobson (46 off 26) also contributed significantly. He and Aaron Hardie (30 off 17) both hit three sixes. The Scorchers batsmen combined to hit 17 balls over the tiny Junction Oval boundaries, a tournament record. It left the Stars with the task of completing the highest-ever BBL run chase, but they only managed 168 for 8.
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The Stars got off to a good start, reaching 32 for 0 in three overs before Scorchers quick Jason Behrendorff removed openers Joe Clarke and Tom Rogers in the fourth. Marcus Stoinis’ difficulties continued when he managed just four runs from seven balls, after two successive ducks in the first two games. Beau Webster and Nick Larkin attempted to boost the Stars, but the damage was done.
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