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Perth Scorchers are one of the teams in Australia’s premier T20 competition – the Big Bash League (BBL). The franchise represents Perth in the league.

The Scorchers are the most successful team in the history of the competition, having won the tournament on three occasions so far. They have also finished runners-up twice. They ended up on the losing side in the final of the first two seasons. However, they made up for those two disappointing losses by winning the third and fourth season. In the process, they became the first team to win the league twice as well as winning them in consecutive years.

History:

2011–2012 season:

The Perth-based outfit recruited most of their players in the inaugural season from the Western Australia Cricket Team. The likes of Simon Katich and overseas stars like Herschelle Gibbs and Paul Collingwood further bolstered the side. Veteran spinner Brad Hogg was also roped in despite having not played state or international cricket since the 2007–08 season.

The season started on a poor note for the Scorchers. They began their campaign with a 31-run loss against Hobart Hurricanes at home. But it was not the precursor of the things that were to follow. The Perth-based outfit won their next five games and finished the league stage at the top of the table, thus securing a home final.  The Scorchers then won the semi-final against the Melbourne Stars by 11 runs. However, their promising season ended in a heartbreak with a seven-wicket loss to Sydney Sixers in the final.

2012 Champions League:

Perth Scorchers secured a place in the Champions League T20 by finishing in the top two of the Big Bash League. The tournament was held in South Africa. They fared poorly in the competition and managed to win just one game. The tournament also saw a controversy when thehe Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitchell were both dropped from the final game after excessively celebrating Mitchell’s 21st birthday during the tournament.

2012–2013 season:

Even before the start of the season, the Scorchers suffered a couple of big blows. Their overseas player Paul Collingwood did not return while their first choice overseas player Albie Morkel was unavailable. Consequently, head coach Justin Langer recruited South African all-rounder Alfonso Thomas.

Other squad changes included the return of Adam Voges and the departure of Nathan Rimmington and Luke Ronchi. With Ronchi gone, Scorchers hired Tasmanian Tom Triffitt. They also recruited Pat Cummins from defending champions Sydney Sixers. However, the pacer was injured whilst playing for the Sixers at the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 and did not play for the Scorchers.

The Scorchers again started the season poorly, losing to the Melbourne Stars in their second match when they scored an Australian record low team total of 69 runs. But just like the first season, their season came on track as it progressed. The Scorchers won five of the next six games in a row, finishing in second position and securing a home final against the Melbourne Stars. In a rain-affected semi-final, the Scorchers won by 8 wickets off the final ball of the innings. But for the second year in a row, they lost in the final, this time against Brisbane Heat by 34 runs.

2013 Champions League:

The Perth Scorchers again qualified for the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 tournament. However, they went to the competition with a depleted squad due to injuries and player unavailability. Not surprisingly, they performed poorly and lost all three of their matches to finish bottom of their group.

2013–2014 season:

For their third BBL season, the Scorchers retained the services of senior players Simon Katich, Brad Hogg, Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh, but lost Michael Hussey and Marcus North.  South African Alfonso Thomas returned as an international player, but new signing Dwayne Smith from the West Indies did not travel to Perth due to personal reasons. He was replaced in the team by Yasir Arafat from Pakistan.

The Scorchers managed to qualify for the semifinal by finishing third in the league with five wins from eight games. In the semifinal, they beat Sydney Sixers to enter their third final in as many season. In the other semifinal, Hobart Hurricanes beat Melbourne Renegades to give Scorchers the hosting rights for another final. And as they say third time is a charm, Scorchers beat the Hurricanes to win their first BBL title, and brought silverware to Western Australian cricket for the first time in over a decade.

2014-15 season:

With Simon Katich retiring, Adam Voges took charge of the team. The Scorchers roped in England’s Michael Carberry as an international recruit, and also regained the services of Yasir Arafat. For the fourth straight year, the Scorchers made it to the final of the Big Bash League, after finishing in 2nd place and defeating the Melbourne Stars in the semi-final for the third time. However, the final was not played the WACA Ground and was instead played at Manuka Oval due to World Cup and tri-series constraints, despite Perth technically earning a Home final after finishing ahead of their finals opponents the Sydney Sixers. Scorchers avenged their loss in the first final by winning the game on the last ball of the match and retain their title.

2015-16 season:

Voges continued  to lead the side while Michael Carberry along with his compatriot David Willey became the two international players. On December 30, 2015, the Scorchers completed the first ever 10-wicket win in BBL history against Melbourne Renegades. They maintained their record of qualifying for every Big Bash finals series, but lost to the Melbourne Stars in the semi-final, making this season the only one in which the they failed to qualify for the final.

2016-17 season:

The Scorchers signed Australia speedster Mitchell Johnson who had just retired from international cricket. However, they lost crowd favourite Brad Hogg who left to join Melbourne Renegades. Scorchers once again qualified for the semifinal. In teh semifinal, Johnson starred with the ball, taking three wickets for three runs from his four overs, a BBL record low runs conceded, and the third best in all Twenty20 history. He was economical again in the final, conceding only 13 runs as Perth won their third BBL trophy by defeating Sydney Sixers.

2017-18 season:

Before the start of the season, the Perth Scorchers unveiled an updated logo.  Once again they finished at the top of the table after winning 8 of the ten league games. However, their season came to an end in the semifinal as they lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 71 runs.

Here are some other details about the team:

Most runs for Perth Scorchers:

 

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave
SE Marsh 2011-2018 37 37 7 1421 99* 47.36
M Klinger 2014-2018 39 39 4 1139 105* 32.54
AC Voges 2012-2018 54 49 13 1129 71* 31.36
MR Marsh 2011-2018 33 33 11 941 77* 42.77
AJ Turner 2013-2018 54 45 12 655 70 19.84
SM Katich 2011-2014 37 28 4 627 75 26.12
HH Gibbs 2011-2013 20 20 1 519 71 27.31
SM Whiteman 2013-2018 36 31 3 518 53 18.5
AC Agar 2013-2018 43 33 11 493 68 22.4
MJ North 2011-2013 23 18 4 442 70 31.57
HWR Cartwright 2012-2018 26 21 6 395 68* 26.33
CJ Simmons 2014-2014 11 11 0 378 112 34.36
CT Bancroft 2014-2018 17 13 3 353 75* 35.3
MA Carberry 2014-2016 15 13 3 353 77* 35.3
MS Harris 2014-2016 14 13 1 233 53 19.41
IR Bell 2016-2017 10 9 2 231 61 33
NM Coulter-Nile 2011-2015 30 23 11 216 42* 18
DJ Willey 2015-2018 20 15 3 200 55 16.66
PD Collingwood 2011-2012 10 8 0 151 38 18.87
AJ Tye 2014-2018 35 10 4 83 42 13.83
L Ronchi 2011-2012 13 12 2 80 34 8
TT Bresnan 2017-2018 10 3 2 70 43 70
JP Behrendorff 2012-2016 38 9 7 68 26 34
Yasir Arafat 2013-2015 20 11 6 60 18* 12
GB Hogg 2011-2016 54 13 6 59 28* 8.42
WG Bosisto 2017-2018 4 4 0 37 21 9.25
JA Richardson 2016-2018 17 6 3 37 16 12.33
NJ Rimmington 2011-2012 11 6 3 37 22 12.33
TH David 2018-2018 4 3 2 36 17* 36
MEK Hussey 2011-2013 4 4 1 35 21* 11.66
TIF Triffitt 2012-2013 12 8 1 35 25 5
TM Beaton 2012-2012 2 1 0 22 22 22
JS Paris 2013-2018 19 5 2 22 13 7.33
LM Davis 2013-2013 3 2 0 18 18 9
MA Beer 2011-2014 33 8 4 16 7 4
TJ Armstrong 2013-2013 2 2 0 14 11 7
JP Inglis 2017-2018 6 3 1 11 7 5.5
PJ Cummins 2014-2014 4 2 0 10 7 5
MP Stoinis 2012-2013 3 2 0 10 9 5
AC Thomas 2012-2014 16 5 1 8 3 2
M Kelly 2018-2018 5 1 0 7 7 7
JR Philippe 2017-2017 1 1 0 7 7 7
JM Mennie 2012-2013 7 4 0 6 2 1.5
MG Johnson 2016-2018 19 1 1 4 4*
MW Dixon 2014-2016 4 1 0 0 0 0
BM Edmondson 2011-2012 11 2 1 0 0* 0

 

Most wickets for Perth Scorchers:

 

Player Span Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Econ
AJ Tye 2014-2018 35 35 132.4 0 957 53 1/6
JP Behrendorff 2012-2016 38 37 142 0 1032 53 1/6
GB Hogg 2011-2016 54 51 192 1 1207 51 1/5
NM Coulter-Nile 2011-2015 30 29 102.1 1 777 36 1/6
Yasir Arafat 2013-2015 20 20 76.1 1 628 33 1/7
MA Beer 2011-2014 33 29 111 0 694 25 1/5
DJ Willey 2015-2018 20 20 72 1 532 24 1/6
AC Agar 2013-2018 43 36 104.2 1 753 22 1/6
MG Johnson 2016-2018 19 19 74 4 455 20 1/5
JA Richardson 2016-2018 17 17 59 0 525 18 1/7
TT Bresnan 2017-2018 10 10 36.2 0 308 17 8.47
JS Paris 2013-2018 19 18 64.1 1 541 17 1/7
AC Thomas 2012-2014 16 16 54.4 0 397 16 1/6
BM Edmondson 2011-2012 11 11 40.3 1 364 15 8.98
AJ Turner 2013-2018 54 19 29 0 209 12 1/6
MR Marsh 2011-2018 33 25 60 1 541 12 1/8
NJ Rimmington 2011-2012 11 10 36.3 0 272 11 1/6
M Kelly 2018-2018 5 5 19 0 133 8 1/6
MW Dixon 2014-2016 4 4 16 0 132 6 8.25
JM Mennie 2012-2013 7 6 19.3 0 142 6 1/6
AC Voges 2012-2018 54 7 13 0 112 4 1/7
PJ Cummins 2014-2014 4 4 13 0 131 4 1/9
JM Muirhead 2014-2018 3 3 8 0 68 2 1/7
HWR Cartwright 2012-2018 26 5 8.1 0 91 2 11.14
RM Duffield 2012-2012 1 1 3 0 17 1 1/4
WG Bosisto 2017-2018 4 2 3 0 28 1 1/8
MJ North 2011-2013 23 1 1 0 22 0 22
JK Lalor 2012-2012 1 1 2 0 27 0 13.5
BT Cockley 2013-2013 1 1 3 0 45 0 15
PD Collingwood 2011-2012 10 3 4 0 47 0 11.75

 

Most dismissals as wicketkeeper for Perth Scorchers:

 

Player Span Mat Inns Dismissals Catches Stumping
SM Whiteman 2013-2018 36 33 24 18 6
L Ronchi 2011-2012 13 12 14 9 5
CT Bancroft 2014-2018 17 15 13 10 3
TIF Triffitt 2012-2013 12 11 8 7 1
JP Inglis 2017-2018 6 6 5 4 1
MEK Hussey 2011-2013 4 2 0 0 0

 

Current squad of Perth Scorchers:

 

Ashton Agar
Cameron Bancroft
Jason Behrendorff
Hilton Cartwright
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Cameron Green
Josh Inglis
Matthew Kelly
Michael Klinger
Shaun Marsh
Mitch Marsh
Joel Paris
Usman Qadir (OS)
Jhye Richardson
Ashton Turner
Andrew Tye
Sam Whiteman
David Willey (OS)

 

*Stats and squad updated before the start of BBL 2018-19