01/03/2024

Lance Morris drove the Perth Scorchers to a 42-run victory against Adelaide Strikers (Image: Perth Scorchers)

Lance Morris’ five-wicket performance pushed the Perth Scorchers over the edge to get a 42-run win over the Adelaide Strikers.

Morris ended the night with 4/24 runs while bowling and racked up five wickets.

“That was pretty cool. It’s just one of those nights I guess like every top edge goes to a fielder and things works out nicely so pretty stocked,” he said.

The last player to get five wickets in a game was Daniel Sams not too long ago on 27 December in the Sydney Thunders loss to the Brisbane Heat.

The Scorchers had a game for the ages with 4-211 while bowling out the Strikers at 169 in 19.2.

Morris’ impressive performance was outshone by Laurie Evans who took home player of the match with up an impressive 85/23 in the Scorchers win at home.

Morris spoke nothing but highly about Evans’ performance and feels comfortable with Evans in the Perth based side.

“I remember a final at Marvel (Stadium) where [Evans] smacked [the Strikers] as well and that was pretty good but I reckon that might have topped it to be honest,” Morris said.

“The selectors knew exactly what they were after when they’re going for someone like Laurie and it’s that Mr. Fix It or that really dynamic player that can come in any situation and turn the game and that’s exactly what he did.”

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Strikers captain Matt Short also had an impressive outing in front of 41,576 Perth fans at Optus Stadium, getting 74/44 of his own. The Scorcher’s focus will shift from team to team depending on the venue and the structure of the pitch.

“Matt Short absolutely smacked them, he hit them really nicely as well,” Morris said.

“At Optus you’re using the dimensions of the ground, there’s a huge square boundary so you can probably miss short on the wicket and back yourself in and hope they miss hit it.

“Whereas, if you’re going to Adelaide Oval obviously it’s a bit longer straight so if you miss wide there it can go up the fence pretty easily.”

The Scorchers remain undefeated this BBL season but sit second on the ladder to the Heat’s first.

The Perth Scorchers will travel to Adelaide to face the Strikers at 7:15pm on Friday, 5 January.

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