The record-breaking Perth Scorchers are relishing the prospect of playing the BBL Final matches in their home away from home, with all-around star Mitch Marsh looming as their superhero at Marvel Stadium.
Perth’s six-wicket win over Brisbane Heat at Marvel on Monday night was their 11th of the campaign, breaking the previous record of 10 since the season was extended to 14 games in 2018-19.
As of Monday, the Scorchers had won three more games than any other franchise.
Their ten-point lead is all the more impressive as they haven’t played a game in Perth since their opener on December 8.
Since then they have crossed the country, playing four matches in Melbourne, two in Hobart and the Gold Coast and one each in Sydney, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Geelong and Adelaide.
With the series finale due to be completed before Perth reopens its borders, the Scorchers have named Marvel as their go-to venue.
They won all three games there, but against the bottom two teams in the standings.
Big hitter Marsh has shown a taste for the venue, scoring 86, 42 not knocked out and 59 for 187 carries at an average of 93.5 in his three BBL appearances there this season, earning player of the game each time.
“I actually thought the wicket tonight was really good,” Marsh told Fox Cricket after hitting 59 from 34 balls.
“The pace deliveries went beautifully, I think it’s still a very good wicket.
“As always here, the slower balls and the cutters in the wicket are really good and it’s starting to spin a bit, so it’s been a really good cricket wicket.
“I think we’ve played very well here this year, so hopefully we’ll have some good finals in us.”
They have advanced to next Saturday’s qualifier, where they will face the second-seeded side, almost certainly one of two Sydney sides, who are level on points, with both having one game to play.
Marsh, who missed six BBL games and hadn’t played since Dec. 28, showed no signs of rust, displaying the brutal power that is his trademark.
He beat six fours and three sixes, scoring 35 on both surges and finishing this section with four successive limits.
Marsh has had 314 BBL runs this season with an average of 78.5 and a strike rate of 148.
With Marsh and Josh Inglis back after a stint with Team Australia, and Colin Munro returning from a COVID bout, Perth fielded their best batting formation for several games.
England batsman Laurie Evans, who broke a toe last week, and Australian Test team pacemaker Jhye Richardson are still back.