Perth win takes edge off seven-ball over

14 January 2019

Perth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger left to rue dismissal on seventh ball but team powers to seven-wicket win

The Perth Scorchers claimed a relatively comfortable seven-wicket win against the Sydney Sixers but veteran Michael Klinger would be forgiven for feeling short-changed after an umpiring error saw him dismissed in controversial fashion.

Klinger partnered Cameron Bancroft at the top for the Scorchers in the side's fifth opening combination they've tried in eight games this season, but was caught out on the third-man boundary for two from five balls.

Unfortunately for the Scorchers, the delivery was the seventh of the over.

Captain Ashton Turner, who had returned from a stint with Australia's ODI squad for the match, was left frustrated by the 'what if' for Klinger, a club champion and the BBL's all-time leading run-scorer, who has struggled to find touch so far this season.

"There are so many moments in cricket where you think what could've been different if this had or hadn't happened and it's unfortunate for him," Turner said.

"I'm sure he'll be disappointed, but we've still got a long tournament and there's a lot of time for him to find some form."

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said the incident would be "followed up" in due course.

"It appears there was a miscount of balls in the over, and a seventh ball was allowed by the umpires," the spokesperson said.

"As the ball was bowled it is deemed live and consequently the decision stands.

"The incident will be followed up in Cricket Australia's general match review process and feedback will of course be taken on board."

Turner's 60 from 30 balls and an unbeaten 87 from 61 balls for Bancroft powered the Scorchers to the seven-wicket win as they chased down the target of 178.

Brilliant Bancroft carries bat in Perth

Turner continued his run of good form to become the first BBL batsman to score four consecutive scores of 40 or more at a strike rate higher than 150, a rich vein of form that saw him called in to the national ODI squad as cover for an ill Mitch Marsh.

"After our last game (in Melbourne against the Stars) I got told to quickly give Trevor Hohns a call, I did that and it was good news – my flight to Perth quickly got changed to a flight to Sydney the next morning," Turner said.

"The next couple of days were a bit of a blur, I've been on planes all across the country but I'm thankful that having not been picked in that final XI for the ODI I got released to come back to Perth and play for the Perth Scorchers."

Tremendous Turner smashes Sixers

As he calmly steered his team to victory, Turner's knock and impressive strike rate of 200 indicated no signs of disruption from the whirlwind week.

"I've found that I've had a really good routine on game days this year, I was lucky I flew in late on Saturday night to Perth so my preparation on game day was like it has been for the start of the tournament," Turner said.

"I was able to get a nice sleep in my own bed, which is always nice after being in hotels for a little while.

"I was able to go and get breakfast and go for a walk along the river this morning and chill out with my family.

"I've had a really relaxing day so I think coming back and changing between the formats was easy."

Turner sits behind only power-hitter Chris Lynn (313 runs at 52) on the BBL|08 run scorer's list, with an even 300 runs at 50.

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