The return of Check trio Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Renshaw did not encourage the battling Brisbane Warmth on Wednesday evening, with the Perth Scorchers cruising to a crushing eight-wicket win on the Gabba.
Chasing the Warmth’s 20-over complete of 6-155, the guests had been hardly ever troubled in securing their seventh win of the season with 22 balls to spare.
An unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 132 between Josh Inglis (67* off 35 balls) and Aaron Hardie (65* off 45 balls) proved the distinction, with the pair smashing the Warmth assault to all components of the bottom.
Hardie completed the competition in emphatic type, smashing Spencer Johnson over the mid-on boundary for six.
Inglis and Hardie had been additionally deadly on part-time leg-spinner Labuschagne, whose solely over of the match price Brisbane 20 runs and turned the tide of the competition.
The loss was the Warmth’s sixth defeat in 9 matches this season, with hopes of a finals berth shortly fading.
In distinction, the Scorchers’ newest win moved them to the highest of the BBL ladder and additional stamped them as favourites for the title.
Left-arm paceman Jason Behrendorff (3-21 off 4 overs) was the decide of the bowlers for the Scorchers, together with his scalps together with Labuschagne and Renshaw.
He would even have claimed the wicket of Khawaja had wicket-keeper Inglis not put down a scorching likelihood within the fourth over.
Check trio return for Warmth
The Warmth’s Check batting trio of Khawaja, Labuschagne and Renshaw performed some spectacular pictures however did not profit from their possibilities with the bat.
Khawaja 28 (23 balls) and Renshaw 27 (21 balls) would have been notably disillusioned to not profit from their begins.
Enjoying in his first match for the Warmth since his low season transfer from the Sydney Thunder, Brisbane skipper Khawaja appeared in complete management throughout his time on the crease.
Nevertheless, he got here unstuck within the eleventh over – additionally the primary over of the Warmth’s energy surge – when he hooked a brief ball from AJ Tye straight into the protected arms of Cameron Bancroft at deep mid-wicket.
Renshaw was additionally dismissed hooking, and in addition through the energy surge, together with his mistimed. top-edged stroke being nicely caught at mid-on by Tye off the bowling of Behrendorff.
Labuschagne 10 (9 balls) was additionally dismissed by Behrendorff, who enticed the Check star right into a sq. drive that was caught within the deep by Stevie Eskinazi.