Adam Gilchrist will turn up for the Australian Legends © Getty Images
Adam Gilchrist will turn up for the Australian Legends © Getty Images

Dec 15, 2014

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the Twenty20 match between the Australian Legends versus the Big Bash League (BBL) side Perth Scorchers at Aquinas College. While the Australian Legends will be led by former opening batsman and the coach of the Scorchers’ side, Justin Langer.

The Australian Legends will also be having West Indies’ great Brian Lara in their ranks, as well as one of the key members of the Perth Scorchers’ side, Yasir Arafat. Among the other members are former cricketers Dean Jones, Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds.

For the Scorchers, three players — England’s Michael Carberry, Michael Klinger and James Muirhead — will be making their debuts.

The Western Australia Cricket Festival attempts to revive the Lilac Hill Festival match that was last played in 2008, reported cricket.com.au. The Aquinas College, located in Perth’s southern suburbs, will play host to the match. Gilchrist heaped praise on the festival and seemed excited to be able to return to the playing field.

“The Festival of Cricket presents the public and corporates with a unique opportunity to not only watch a high-quality T20 match in a relaxed, social environment, but also to mix and mingle with many current and past greats of the game,” said Gilchrist ahead of the match.

The match is also being live streamed by Cricket Australia (CA):

Teams:

Perth Scorchers: Michael Carberry, Michael Klinger (c), Sam Whiteman (wk), Ashton Turner, Marcus Harris, Hilton Cartwright, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Brad Hogg, James Muirhead, Dixon MW.

Australian Legends: Adam Gilchrist (wk), Jimmy Maher, Brian Lara, Murray Goodwin, Dean Jones, Justin Langer (c), Andrew Symonds, Andy Bichel, Yasir Arafat, Michael Kasprowicz, Jhye Richardson.

 

TOSS: Perth Scorchers have decided to bat.

The Perth Scorchers are off to a terrific start as their openers Michael Carberry and Michael Klinger have added more than 10 runs an over. While Carberry has smashed five boundaries, his partner Klinger has cracked four fours.

 

There it is! Arafat Satti has provided the Legends the first breakthrough, removing the Perth Scorchers’ opener Michael Carberry after the left-handed had raced to a 17-ball 28, which was studded with five boundaries and a six.
OUT! M Carberry c&b Arafat 28 (17)

 

 

Yasir Arafat has struck again as he has dismissed Michael Klinger on the third delivery of the seventh over. The Legends are now plotting their comeback in the game.
OUT! M Klinger c Maher b Arafat 18 (16)

 

Perth Scorchers have lost their momentum a little bit as their wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman is out, cleaned up by Andre Symonds.
OUT! S Whiteman b Symonds 22 (18)

 

Ashton Turner has taken the charge of leading Perth Scorchers’ revival as he is playing a brisk knock here at the moment. The Scorchers will now be looking to attack in the final five overs of the game.

 

Fine effort by Ashton Turner, who smashed six sixes and four boundaries to push the total for the Perth Scorchers past 170. Now, over to the legends to chase this challenging target. Turner faced 38 balls and scored a fine 75.


 

The Australian Legends are all at sea at the moment. They have lost three big players in form of Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer. Brian Lara and Murray Goodwin are at the crease now and their side needs another 153 runs to win.

 

Former international cricketer Dean Jones has come at the crease with Brian Lara fighting at the moment. Australian legends need some momentum as another 133 more runs to win from 11 overs.
OUT! M Goodwin b Hogg 14 (12)

 

Brian Lara and Dean Jones are struggling to garner quick runs for their side. The Australian Legends now need a stupendous 107 runs from the remaining six overs.

 

The Legends are seemingly all but going down in this game. Perth aren’t attacking much but the rustiness is clearly visible among the Legends.

 

Brian Lara scored a fine half-century and stood there till the end, but a target of 180 runs proved to me a huge task for the former cricketers. They lost couple of quick wickets early on and could never get their act together to fight against the Perth Scorchers.