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Strikers thump Renegades and jump to third on ladder

Flat out: Beau Webster, who waged a lone vigil for the winless, defending champions, improvises at Adelaide Oval yesterday.

Flat out: Beau Webster, who waged a lone vigil for the winless, defending champions, improvises at Adelaide Oval yesterday.Credit:AAP

Beau Webster was trapped leg-before to Rashid for a gutsy 49, having waged a lone vigil for the winless, defending champions who plunged to their ninth loss from as many starts. Earlier, Jono Wells (58) and Matt Short (41) lifted the Strikers out of a spot of bother and to 6-173.

Jake Weatherald (27), Head (22) and Phil Salt (18) all holed out trying to go big as the home side, aggressive but reckless during the powerplay, slumped to 4-81 before the patient repair job came.

At one stage, ‘Mr Fixit’ Wells – who has 292 runs at 73 for the tournament – and Short went 43 deliveries without a boundary while in wicket-preservation mode, before finishing with a flourish, 76 coming from the final six overs to leave the Renegades reeling.

■ Not thinking about playing for Australia is clearly working for Mitch Marsh and it might lead to a T20 World Cup berth.

Marsh was likely to be contending for national duties this summer until he broke his hand when playing for Western Australia at the start of the Sheffield Shield season.

The frustration of time out has allowed him to just come out and play the BBL season with the Scorchers with the freedom of worrying about nothing but performing for his franchise.

Top notch: Mitchell Marsh of the Scorchers salutes the crowd after scoring 93 not out against Brisbane Heat at Optus Stadium in Perth.

Top notch: Mitchell Marsh of the Scorchers salutes the crowd after scoring 93 not out against Brisbane Heat at Optus Stadium in Perth.Credit:Getty Images

And on Saturday night at Optus Stadium, he smashed his career-best T20 score of an unbeaten 93 in 41 deliveries which included eight sixes, including three off the last three balls of the innings by Ben Laughlin.

The Scorchers posted their highest ever score of 3-213 before restricting the Brisbane Heat to 8-179 for a 34-run win.

Marsh isn’t worried where it might lead, he feels the key to his form right now is not thinking about anything but life at the Scorchers.

‘‘I’m honestly just enjoying playing cricket and captaining this side,’’ Marsh said. ‘‘That’s challenging and I’m loving learning as much as I can and just playing for the Scorchers. It’s probably the first time in a couple of years that I haven’t really been in the running for the Australian team so it has been nice to play some cricket. I had a lengthy lay-off and I’m really enjoying the Big Bash.

‘‘My plan was just to be there at the end and this ground is really hard to defend on when you have two set batters in. It’s always nice to clear the fence and put the team in a good position.’’ The Scorchers have now improved their season record to 4-4 having won their past two matches.

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