BBL 10: Perth Scorchers’ Jason Roy pulls off a screamer

In the 25th match of the ongoing 10th season of the Big Bash League (BBL) between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades in Perth, Jason Roy plucked out of mid-air an absolute stunner to dismiss Shaun Marsh. The home side beat Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades by 96 runs on Sunday at the Perth Stadium.

Chasing 186 on board, the Renegades already had lost three wickets. Marsh was batting alongside Rilee Rossouw. It all happened on the fourth delivery of the fifth over when Marsh’s attempt to cut a short and wide delivery from Aaron Hardie led to his dismissal. Marsh timing of the shot was impeccable as everyone thought it was going for a certain boundary. But English international Roy at backward point produced an absolute stunner to send the former back to the pavilion.

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Finch’s Renegades failed to get going from the very first over as they became part of a batting collapse which saw his team getting reduced to 59/7 in the ninth over in a 186-run chase.

For the Scorchers, only Marsh (14) and Jack Prestwidge (33) were able to reach the double figures. The skipper Finch went back to the dug-out following an unfortunate run-out. Prestwidge’s quickfire 33 off 24 helped the visiting side grab one point in form of the Bash Boost.

Earlier, on the back of a 117-run impact-generating partnership between wicket-keeper batsman Josh Inglis (72*) and batsman Colin Munro (52), Scorchers posted a formidable 185/3 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.