Half centuries to Cameron Bancroft and Ashton Turner helped the Perth Scorchers defeat the Sydney Sixers by seven wickets on Sunday night.
Bancroft carried his bat for an unbeaten 87, while Turner contributed a quickfire 60 as the Scorchers chased down the Sixers’ score of 5-177 with seven balls remaining at Optus Stadium.
A controlled Bancroft hit eight fours and one six during his 61-ball stay, while a more aggressive Turner cleared the rope on three occasions during his entertaining cameo.
Moises Henriques shuffled his bowlers around during the run chase in an attempt to find a valuable breakthrough, but Bancroft and Hilton Cartwright (1no) ensured the Scorcher prevailed.
It was a relatively easy win for the Perth Scorchers against the Sydney Sixers but Michael Klinger would be considering himself very unlucky as an umpiring error resulted in his dismissal.
Klinger strode out to open the innings with Cameron Bancroft, but it was a jittery start for the right-hander. He was batting on 2 from 5 balls, when he was caught at the third-man boundary. However, the umpire failed to spot that it was the 7th ball of the over which accounted for Klinger.
Captain Ashton Turner, who had returned from a stint with Australia’s ODI squad for the match, was left frustrated by the ‘what if’ for Klinger, a club champion and the BBL’s all-time leading run-scorer, who has struggled to find touch so far this season.
“There are so many moments in cricket where you think what could’ve been different if this had or hadn’t happened and it’s unfortunate for him,” Turner said.
“I’m sure he’ll be disappointed, but we’ve still got a long tournament and there’s a lot of time for him to find some form.”
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said the incident would be “followed up” in due course.
“It appears there was a miscount of balls in the over, and a seventh ball was allowed by the umpires,” the spokesperson said.
“As the ball was bowled it is deemed live and consequently the decision stands.
The incident will be followed up in Cricket Australia’s general match review process and feedback will of course be taken on board.
Klinger, who is the leading run-scorer for his club, has not got going this season, but the captain backs him to find form as the tournament is a long one and there is enough time for the seasoned pro to start scoring runs.