The Perth Scorchers finally won the Big Bash League after overcoming the Hobart Hurricanes by 39 runs in the final at the WACA.
The Scorchers had twice hosted the final and twice finished runners-up. At the third attempt, they finally got over the line, much to the delight of their home crowd.
Batting first, they were led to a daunting total of 191-4 by an explosive partnership from brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh.
With the ball in hand, they were indebted to veteran spinner Brad Hogg, 43, for strangling the life out of the Hobart chase.
|CJ Simmons||c Mascarenhas b Gulbis||45||36|
|SM Katich*||c Dunk b Mascarenhas||6||9|
|SE Marsh||not out||63||43|
|AC Voges||c Mascarenhas b Hilfenhaus||27||17|
|MR Marsh||b Doherty||37||12|
|NM Coulter-Nile||not out||4||3|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 7)||9|
|Total||(4 wickets; 20 overs)||191||(9.55 runs per over)|
|BR Dunk||c Cummins b Behrendorff||17||14|
|TD Paine†||b Behrendorff||7||10|
|JW Wells||st †Whiteman b Hogg||24||23|
|GJ Bailey*||c Thomas b Cummins||58||32|
|TR Birt||c Behrendorff b Hogg||2||6|
|EP Gulbis||c Katich b Thomas||6||6|
|BW Hilfenhaus||not out||13||13|
|AD Mascarenhas||c Katich b Thomas||16||13|
|CJ Boyce||not out||1||3|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 5, w 2)||8|
|Total||(7 wickets; 20 overs)||152|
The Scorchers came out of the blocks fast, with semi-final hero Craig Simmons scoring a quick 45 and Adam Voges chipping in with 27. However, it wasn't until the Marsh brothers came together that the total got out of hand for Hobart.
The Marsh brothers 100 runs in 55 balls, 7 sixes, 4 fours! at Perth in the final of #BBL 2014— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 7, 2014
Mitchell was particularly devastating, swinging sixes out of the ground with impunity in his 12-ball 37. Evan Gulbis and Xavier Doherty bore the brunt of the punishment, while Shaun finished unbeaten on 63.
If the Hurricanes had been able to bat around George Bailey, the game might have been closer. Bailey's range of power-hitting and placement was visible in a 32-ball 58, but with the next highest score an underwhelming 24 from Jonathan Wells, there simply wasn't the support he required.
The four overs from Hogg, who finished with two for 17, were devastating to the chase. When Bailey holed out against Pat Cummins, all that remained were the last rites.