Sydney Thunder crash to 9 wicket loss
Chris Gayle’s Sydney Thunder suffered a setback to their hopes of making it to the Big Bash League semis with their 9 wicket defeat to the Perth Scorchers at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Wednesday.
Devastating bowling from Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/9) helped the Scorchers shoot out Thunder for 99 runs which the Scorchers chased down in 14.1 overs for the loss of just one wicket.
It was not ominous when Thunder won the toss, chose to bat first and made a cautious start. Usman Khawaja was the first to go in the fourth over, off the first ball off Coulter-Nile’s first over. Gayle countered, stroking to reach 20 off 16 at the other end but fell in Coulter-Nile’s next over, the Thunder score 2/34 at the point. 5 more wickets fell in the next nine overs, a period in which they only managed to add 30 runs to their total. They reached 64/7 in the fifteenth over with tight bowling from Hogg (2/8) and a couple of run outs adding to their misery.
Tim Armstrong and Scott Coyte added 33 runs for the 8th wicket before Coyte was run out for 12 off 11 balls. Armstrong followed, holing out to long on for a run-a-ball 25 off Nathan Rimmington before Trent Copeland was run out, the fourth run out in the innings as Thunder folded for 99 in 19.2 overs.
Coyte bowled opener Luke Ronchi off the second ball of the chase with the Scorchers yet to make a run, 0/1 setting up an interesting match briefly. Mitchell Marsh and skipper Marcus North though shut the door on Thunder with their unbeaten 103 run partnership for the second wicket.
Marsh showed off his hitting power, smashing 5 sixes in his 58 ball 64. Marcus North focused on aggressive running, making 38 off 25 balls at a much better strike rate as the duo reached 103 with the first ball of the 15th over, sealing their 5th straight win in the tournament and a home semi final slot.