Jason Roy’s love affair with the MCG continued as he cracked a half-century to help lift Perth Scorchers to 4-182 in the crunch BBL clash with Melbourne Stars.
Roy famously blasted a record-breaking 180 from 151 balls to lead England to a ODI win over Australia at the famous venue two years ago and adopted a similar aggressive mindset from the start against the Stars.
He did the bulk of the scoring as the Scorchers registered 0-42 from the opening power play on Saturday night, building the platform with Liam Livingstone.
Livingstone (24 off 29) progressed slowly but Roy whacked every fourth delivery he faced to the boundary during a 32-ball knock.
He was eventually out for 54 when he skied a catch to long off from Nathan Coulter-Nile.
The run-rate slowed after Roy’s dismissal until Colin Munro and Josh Inglis (26 off 16) smacked 20 off Coulter-Nile in the second power surge over.
Munro struck 46 not out off 30 balls to guide the Scorchers well past the MCG average winning score of 171.
Scorchers allrounder Mitch Marsh (5) was out for a single-figure score for the second successive match, having returned from a side strain in Friday’s win over Hobart Hurricanes.
In his second game back from a calf injury, Stars spearhead Coulter-Nile was expensive with 1-49 from four overs.
He was one of seven bowlers used, with Billy Stanlake (0-19 from four overs) the most economical.
Legspinner Adam Zampa had a rare off night with the ball, taking 1-48 from four overs.
The Scorchers could lock in a BBL finals berth with a victory, while the Stars need to win to stay in control of their own destiny.