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Scorchers book Big Bash finals place


In-form Jhye Richardson shone with bat and ball as Perth Scorchers locked in a Big Bash League finals spot with an important 22-run win over Hobart Hurricanes.

The competition’s leading wicket-taker this season, Richardson claimed Test player Matthew Wade’s wicket in the first over of the Hurricanes’ run-chase.

The right-arm quick then removed dangerous batsmen Ben McDermott (0) and Peter Handscomb (30 off 16) on his way to 4-33 from four overs, and also had a hand in Darcy Short’s (43 off 37) dismissal with a straightforward catch.

Earlier, Richardson smacked five boundaries in a quickfire 29 off 14 to help Josh Inglis (58 off 35) guide the Scorchers to 8-179 despite the regular fall of wickets.

In reply, Hobart could only muster 8-157,…



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