Colin Munro took his brilliant debut season to another level as he led the Perth Scorchers to their fifth win in six starts against Brisbane Heat at Marvel Stadium tonight.
Munro belted a career-best Big Bash League knock of 82 off 54 balls before a stunning Heat collapse of 7-18 saw the Scorchers jump to second spot on the ladder with a 59-run win.
The destructive New Zealander batted for all bar 13 deliveries of the innings for his fourth half-century in five hits, taking his BBL10 runs tally to 353, as Perth posted 5-174 after getting sent in.
In reply, the Heat were rolled for 115 with a brief dose of ‘Lynnsanity’ and an important partnership between a pair of English imports going to waste.
Golden cap Jhye Richardson took his tournament tally to 21 wickets with another devastating bowling spell of 2-10 off three overs, but leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed (3-25 off 3.4) was the bowling hero.
Danger man Chris Lynn (27 off 16) belted 20 runs off one Aaron Hardie over before getting stumped by Josh Inglis off Ahmed in the next, with Joe Denly (26 off 31) also among his scalps.
Brisbane secured the bash boost point in the final ball of the 10th over, with their score of 3-77 just bettering their opponents’ 2-76.
Englishmen Denly and Lewis Gregory (20 off 17) looked like guiding the Queensland franchise home, putting on 44 in 33 balls, but the latter’s dismissal sparked a collapse.
Scorchers captain Ashton Turner deserves credit for when he used his bowlers, bringing on big guns Richardson and Andrew Tye (2-12 off three) and spinners Ahmed and Liam Livingstone (1-10 off two) at the perfect time.
Allrounder Jack Wildermuth (2-34 off four) got rid of both Scorchers openers by the end of the power play, with Jason Roy (four) out seventh ball of the match and Livingstone (17 off 12) not lasting much longer.
Livingstone smacked the ex-Melbourne Renegade for back-to-back sixes before falling next ball, well caught in the deep by Xavier Bartlett, to leave Perth in early trouble at 2-37 when the restrictions were eased.
Towering South African Morne Morkel, who went for 18 runs in his only over as a Scorcher last summer, didn’t go for much more during his entire four-over spell of 2-24.
Morkel bowled the penultimate over brilliantly, going for five and taking the key wicket of Munro despite being allowed two men outside of the ring.
After using the power surge the earliest possible time in their loss to Sydney Sixers in Canberra on Saturday, the Scorchers did the exact opposite this time around.
The running between wickets Munro and captain Ashton Turner (24no off 15) was outstanding, regularly turning ones into twos.
Turner finished the innings with consecutive fours with the power surge going for 19.
Bartlett was subbed off for the second straight match after bowling a tight opening over, with X-Factor player James Bazley (1-27 off three) taking two balls to send Inglis (25 off 20) packing.