Perth Scorchers vs. Hobart Hurricanes: BBL Final Report, Scorecard, Highlights

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 7, 2014

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Alfonso Thomas of the Perth Scorchers celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss George Bailey of the Hobart Hurricanes  during the Big Bash League Final match between the Perth Scorchers and the Hobart Hurricanes at WACA on February 7, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)
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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.

Perth Scorchers vs. Hobart Hurricanes, BBL Final Scorecard
Perth Scorchers
BatsmanDismissalRunsBalls
CJ Simmonsc Mascarenhas b Gulbis4536
SM Katich*c Dunk b Mascarenhas69
SE Marshnot out6343
AC Vogesc Mascarenhas b Hilfenhaus2717
MR Marsh b Doherty3712
NM Coulter-Nilenot out43
Extras(lb 2, w 7)9
Total(4 wickets; 20 overs)191(9.55 runs per over)
BowlingOMRW
BW Hilfenhaus40231
AD Mascarenhas40461
DE Bollinger40380
CJ Boyce40390
EP Gulbis10141
XJ Doherty30291
Hobart Hurricanes
BatsmanDismissalRunsBalls
BR Dunkc Cummins b Behrendorff1714
TD Paine† b Behrendorff710
JW Wellsst †Whiteman b Hogg2423
GJ Bailey*c Thomas b Cummins5832
TR Birtc Behrendorff b Hogg26
EP Gulbisc Katich b Thomas66
BW Hilfenhausnot out1313
AD Mascarenhasc Katich b Thomas1613
CJ Boycenot out13
Extras(b 1, lb 5, w 2)8
Total(7 wickets; 20 overs)152
BowlingOMRW
NM Coulter-Nile40350
JP Behrendorff40242
AC Thomas40232
GB Hogg40172
PJ Cummins40471
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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.