BBL: Bancroft, Tye seal crucial six-wicket win for Scorchers against Stars
Andrew Tye picked 4/18. (Image: BBL Twitter)

Cameron Bancroft made his first significant contribution upon return to competitive cricket, and along with Andrew Tye was instrumental in Perth Scorchers winning a much-needed Big Bash League encounter against Melbourne Stars by six wickets. Coming in as third change, Tye bowled splendidly to pick up four wickets while giving away just 18 runs, restricting Stars to 146 for 6.

In reply, Bancroft struck a half-century with the in-form Ashton Turner scoring a quick unbeaten 43 off 22 balls to take Scorchers over the line with 14 balls remaining. Requiring scoring at just below 7.5 an over, Scorchers’ beginning was smooth with openers Bancroft and Michael Klinger adding 75 in 10 overs. It was Liam Plunkett who got the breakthrough getting Klinger out.

Bancroft had batted well for his 59 before he was out stumped. His dismissal in the 14th over meant that Scorchers needed to ensure the start did not go wasted. Up stepped Turner, who took on the Stars bowlers with two fours and three sixes. Dwayne Bravo dealt two blows in quick succession – removing Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwright off successive deliveries in the 17th over, but Turner had done enough damage by then to make the chase a breeze.

With the ball, the Scorchers weren’t that great initially but pulled things back tremendously in the end courtesy Tye. Stars Openers Ben Duckett and Even Gulbis combined to put on 65 runs for the first wicket before losing the latter and captain Nic Maddinson in consecutive overs. Dunk, however, batted with Seb Gotch to put the innings back on track, en route to his fifty with six fours and a six.

But his dismissal put the brakes on the scoring rate. The last 26 balls produced just 25 runs with Tye running through Stars’ middle-lower order. Having removed Maddinson earlier, the Australian fast bowler sent back Gotch, Bravo and Jonathan Merlo cheaply to keep the total inside 150.

Brief scores: Perth Scorchers 147/4 in 17.4 overs (Cameron Bancroft 59, Ashton Turner 43*; Dwayne Bravo 2-18) beat Melbourne Stars 146/6 in 20 overs (Ben Dunk 62, Evan Gulbis 37; Andrew Tye 4-18) by six wickets.