BBL: Shaun Marsh quits Perth Scorchers for champions Melbourne Renegades
Shaun Marsh averaged 47.46 in 40 games for Perth Scorchers. (Image: Perth Scorchers)

After eight seasons, Shaun Marsh has left Perch Scorchers to join current Big Bash League (BBL) title-holders Melbourne Renegades.

Marsh, who was a foundation player for the Scorchers when the BBL began, has signed a multi-season deal that will shift him from Western Australia to Victoria.

The 35-year-old released a statement Wednesday in which he said: “I’d like to thank everyone at the Scorchers who have supported me over the years – it was a very successful period for the club. But I’m ready for a new challenge and the opportunity to join the Renegades on the back of such a successful season is very exciting. I’ve spent a lot of time with Finchy [Aaron Finch] and know the other guys well, so I’m looking forward to it.”

In 40 games for the Scorchers across eight seasons – which includes three in the now defunct Champions League T20 – Marsh totalled 1519 runs at an average of 47.46, with a best of 99 not out.

In the BBL specifically, he made 1435 runs at 49.48 at a strike-rate of 129.29 from 37 games. In the overall BBL run table, Marsh slots in at tenth.

He is primed to slot in as a top-order partner for the Renegades alongside his Australia ODI skipper, Finch.

Andre McDonald, the Renegades’ coach, said of Marsh’s shift to the franchise: “Shaun is one of the most experienced players in the country and excels in white ball cricket. His BBL record speaks for itself and he’ll give us even greater flexibility at the top of our batting order. We’ve been on the end of a few of Shaun’s big performances over the years so it’s nice to have him as a team-mate instead.”