Perth Scorchers

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Perth Scorchers
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Captain: Australia Simon Katich
Coach: Australia Justin Langer
Colours:      Orange      Black
Founded: 2011
Home ground: WACA Ground
Capacity: 22,000
BBL wins: 1
CLT20 wins: 0
Official website: Official Website

The Perth Scorchers are an Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket team based in Perth, Western Australia.[1] The Scorchers represent Perth in the Big Bash League and wear an orange cricket uniform.[2]

The Scorchers have hosted and played all the BBL finals but won just one season. The Sydney Sixers defeated them in 2011-12 and the Brisbane Heat won the title in 2012-13. However, they defeated Hobart Hurricanes in BBL 3.

The Scorchers are captained by Simon Katich after the inaugural captain Marcus North resigned in November 2012. Mickey Arthur was originally appointed coach, but quit before the beginning of the 2011–12 season after he was appointed coach of the Australian cricket team. He was replaced by his former assistant, Lachlan Stevens. Justin Langer replaced Stevens in November 2012.


BBL01 (2011/12) season[edit]

The majority of the initial Scorchers squad was recruited from the Western Australia cricket team, with the addition of former West Australian Simon Katich and international imports South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs and England's Paul Collingwood.[3] Brad Hogg was recruited despite having not played state or international cricket since the 2007–08 season.[4]

The Scorchers started the 2011–12 Big Bash League season poorly, losing to the Hobart Hurricanes in their opening game at the WACA Ground by 31 runs. However, they subsequently won 5 games in a row, resulting in them finishing the inaugural season at the top of the ladder,[5] securing the team a home final. The Scorchers then won the semi-final against the Melbourne Stars by 11 runs but failed to win the grand final against the Sydney Sixers by seven wickets.

BBL01 (2011-12) Points Table[edit]

Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR
Perth Scorchers 7 5 2 0 10 +0.626
Hobart Hurricanes 7 5 2 0 10 +0.569
Sydney Sixers 7 5 2 0 10 +0.262
Melbourne Stars 7 4 3 0 8 +0.254
Brisbane Heat 7 3 4 0 6 +0.324
Adelaide Strikers 7 2 5 0 4 −0.338
Melbourne Renegades 7 2 5 0 4 −0.582
Sydney Thunder 7 2 5 0 4 −1.250

Point table on ESPN CricInfo

BBL01 (2011-12) Grand Final details[edit]

28 January 2012
17:00 UTC+8 (D/N)
Perth Scorchers
5/156 (20 overs)
Sydney Sixers
3/158 (18.5 overs)
MR Marsh 77* (57)
B Lee 2/21 (4 overs)
MC Henriques 70 (41)
B Edmondson 2/30 (3.5 overs)
Sydney Sixers Won By 7 Wickets
WACA Ground
Umpires: Paul Reiffel and John Ward
Player of the match: MC Henriques (Sixers)
  • Perth Scorchers won the toss and elected to bat
  • Sydney Sixers Are The Inaugural T20 Big Bash League Champions

2012 Champions League[edit]

By finishing in the top two of the Big Bash League, they won a position at the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 tournament, held in South Africa in October 2012. The team performed poorly, only winning one game. The Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitchell were both disciplined and dropped from the final game after excessively celebrating Mitchell's 21st birthday during the tournament.[6]

BBL02 (2012/13) season[edit]

For the 2012/13 season, Collingwood did not return, and when their first choice overseas player Albie Morkel was unavailable, new coach Justin Langer recruited South African all-rounder Alfonso Thomas, who he had previously played with at Somerset.[7] Other squad changes included the return of Adam Voges and the departure of Nathan Rimmington and Luke Ronchi. Tasmanian Tom Triffitt was recruited as the wicket keeper. Pat Cummins was recruited from the 2011-12 winning Sydney Sixers, but was injured whilst playing for the Sixers at the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 and did not play for the Scorchers.[8]

The Scorchers again started the season poorly, losing to the Melbourne Stars in their second match when they scored an Australian record low team total of 69 runs.[9] However, as they did in the previous season, they recovered and won five of the next six games in a row, resulting in them finishing in second position,[10] again securing the team a home final against the Melbourne Stars. In a high scoring, but rain interrupted game, the Scorchers won off the final ball of the innings, after a no-ball was called on the previous delivery. They hosted the grand final against the Brisbane Heat but lost by 34 runs.[11]

BBL02 (2012-13) Points Table[edit]

Team Pld W L NR NRR Pts
Melbourne Renegades 8 7 1 0 +0.791 14
Perth Scorchers 8 5 3 0 +1.322 10
Melbourne Stars 8 5 3 0 +0.246 10
Brisbane Heat 8 4 4 0 +0.464 8
Adelaide Strikers 8 4 4 0 –0.162 8
Hobart Hurricanes 8 4 4 0 –0.569 8
Sydney Sixers 8 3 5 0 –0.380 6
Sydney Thunder 8 0 8 0 –1.360 0

Points table on ESPN Cricinfo

BBL02 (2012-13) Grand Final details[edit]

19 January 2013
17:00 (D/N)
Brisbane Heat
5/167 (20 overs)
Perth Scorchers (H)
9/133 (20 overs)
Joe Burns 43 (27)
Jason Behrendorff 2/38 (4 overs)
Adam Voges 49 (32)
Kemar Roach 3/18 (4 overs)
Brisbane Heat won by 34 runs
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
Attendance: 18,517
Umpires: Simon Fry & Mick Martell
Player of the match: Nathan Hauritz (Brisbane)
  • Brisbane Heat won the toss and elected to bat.

2013 Champions League[edit]

The Scorchers again qualified for the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 tournament, but with an squad depleted by injury and a lack of player availability,[12] again performed poorly, losing all three of their matches to finish bottom of their group.[13]

BBL03 (2013/14) season[edit]

For their third BBL season, the Scorchers retained the services of senior players Simon Katich (as captain), Brad Hogg, Adam Voges and the Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitch but lost Michael Hussey and Marcus North to the two Sydney based teams.[14] South African Alfonso Thomas returned as an international player, but new signing Dwayne Smith from the West Indies did not travel to Perth due to personal reasons. He was replaced in the team by Yasir Arafat from Pakistan.[15]

The season started with two loses away and two wins at home.[16]

BBL03 (2013-14) squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Adam Voges Australia (1979-10-04) 4 October 1979 (age 34) Right-handed Left arm orthodox
Shaun Marsh Australia (1983-07-09) 9 July 1983 (age 31) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
Nathan Coulter-Nile Australia (1987-10-11) 11 October 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
Mitchell Marsh Australia (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
Ashton Agar Australia (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 20) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
Ashton Turner Australia (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm off spin
Hilton Cartwright Australia (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium
Sam Whiteman Australia (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 22) Left-handed -
Pace bowlers
Jason Behrendorff Australia (1990-04-20) 20 April 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Left arm fast medium
Joel Paris Australia (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 21) Left-handed Left arm fast medium
Spin bowlers
Michael Beer Australia (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Left arm orthodox




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