BBL T20: Wade denies Perth Scorchers fifth home final

Matthew Wade struck a whirlwind 71 off 45 balls as Hobart Hurricanes crushed Perth Scorchers by   runs to sail into the finals of the Big Bash T20 League.

Matthew Wade starred with the bat as the Hurricanes qualified for the finals of the Big Bash League T20.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Matthew Wade struck a whirlwind 71 off 45 balls as Hobart Hurricanes crushed Perth Scorchers by 71 runs to sail into the finals of the Big Bash T20 League.

Needing 211 to win - the second-biggest chase in the BBL - the Scorchers' innings fell apart despite a steady start. Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh stitched together a 21-run partnership before Klinger (15) became T Rogers' first wicket of the night.

That triggered a slump, as the Scorchers were left reeling on 7 for 68 halfway through the innings. Rogers got rid of Marsh (30) and Bancroft (1), restricting the Scorchers to a modest 139. Christian took four and Rogers three wickets respectively.

Earlier, the Scorchers won the toss and elected to field. Opener Wade took the attack to the opposition in a blistering knock which included 10 boundaries and one six. Despite losing Tim Paine for a paltry score of 4, Wade kept the scoreboard ticking through partnerships with George Bailey (17) and Christian (37).

Ben McDermott provided the final flourish with a quickfire 67 off 30 deliveries, as the Hurricanes hammered 124 runs in the last 10 overs to finish the innings on 210. Tim Bresnan took two wickets for 40 runs.

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