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Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - SuperSport Park, Centurion,, Date - 23/10/2012, Toss won by - Perth Scorchers
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  • Perth Scorchers beat Auckland Aces by 16 runs
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Commentary (Auckland Aces innings)

This ended up being a one-sided match. The next match may not have any consequence. But, the standings in the table after the next match will determine who Delhi and Titans play against in the semi-final. Do join us for the next match which will be brought to you shortly.

Michael Beer receives the Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance. His 4-0-13-3 rocked the Aces back. He picked up two set batsmen in Azhar Mahmood and Guptill along with the captain, Hopkins. He says that he is used to bowling the first over and has done it in the BBL very often. He enjoys bowling with the new ball as it skids onto the batsmen. He is happy with his performance today.

Michael Beer was outstanding in his variations. Joe Mennie was on top of his bowling too and Perth manage to defend a below-par total in fine style, after almost defending a small total against Delhi. They will go with their heads held high.

Auckland Aces are knocked out of the CLT20. Perth Scorchers, become another team, to get a consolidatory victory, after being knocked out of the tournament. Which means that Delhi and Titans will play out a dead rubber up next, being qualified to the semifinals already. Martin Guptill, who struck rich form off late, was pretty good in the start but lacked the temperament to keep going. Gibbs, who famously dropped Steve Waugh in the 1999 World Cup, almost won the match there and there itself, when he plucked off the man in supreme form, Azhar Mahmood.

19.6 Joe Mennie to M Bates, The last ball of the tournament for both these teams is a full ball on leg stump which has been drilled back to long on for a single. So, that is it as Perth Scorchers win by 16 runs. They have registered their first win of the tournament and will be going back home on a high. 124/8

19.5 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Full on middle and leg, hit to mid-wicket for a single. 123/8

19.4 Joe Mennie to M Bates, Powerfully struck down the ground as the bowler bowls it full. Gibbs makes a diving stop at long off, keeps them down to one. 122/8

19.3 Joe Mennie to M Bates, Good yorker on off, dug out well. The ball is hit into the pitch and it flies over Mennie's head straight back. They take two. 121/8

19.2 Joe Mennie to M Bates, FOUR! Driven away! Half volley on off, driven crisply past the cover fielder to the boundary. 119/8

19.1 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Yorker on off stump, driven straight to the cover fielder. 115/8

18.6 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, Full on middle, Bates moves across and swings at it, gets an inside edge. The ball goes away from short fine leg. Beer runs around and makes a diving stop. One taken. 27 needed of the last over now. 114/8

18.5 N Coulter-Nile to M Bates, Full again outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder, no run again. 113/8

18.4 N Coulter-Nile to M Bates, Full outside off stump, the batsman misses it. 112/8

18.3 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. They pick up a single. 112/8

18.2 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, Full outside off, Bates has a swing and misses. 111/8

18.1 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, Full on middle, hit straight back over the bowler. He doesn't time it well. They get two on that shot. 111/8

Michael Bates comes in at 10.

17.6 Joe Mennie to C Munro, OUT! That should be it! Munro, the last set batsman gets a full ball on his pads and tries to drill it to the leg side and misses. The ball pitched outside leg as shown in the replay. The players go up for an LBW appeal and the umpires gives it out. 109/8

17.5 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Slower ball at 105 kph. On a length, Mills tries to hit this to the off side, the ball goes close to the pitch and they run a single. 109/7

17.4 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Full on middle this time, turned away straight to mid-wicket, consecutive dot balls here. 108/7

17.3 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Full on off stump, Mills drives this to the cover fielder. 108/7

Kyle Mills comes in at 9.

17.2 Joe Mennie to R Hira, OUT! Needless shot! Full on middle, Hira moves across and goes for an unnecessary scoop over short fine leg. What happens is, he misses by a mile and the ball ends up taking the bails off. He was giving good support to Munro. 108/7

17.1 Joe Mennie to C Munro, On the pads and Munro turns it away to mid-wicket for one. 108/6

Mennie back on.

16.6 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, Chops this short ball on to the leg side, Hira runs through for a quick single. 15 off that over. They need 34 off three now. 107/6

16.5 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, Full and wide outside off, Munro smashes this wide of deep point for a couple. 106/6

16.4 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, FOUR! Just over! On a length outside off, Munro gets his left foot away and smashes it just over mid off for a boundary. 104/6

16.3 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, SIX! Hammered! That was short on middle, Munro stays put and smashes it over the mid-wicket fence for a much needed six. 100/6

16.2 N Coulter-Nile to R Hira, Short outside off, cut away powerfully, but straight to point, no run. 94/6

16.1 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total. 93/6

Coulter-Nile to bowl now.

15.6 M Beer to C Munro, Short on middle, Munro rocks back and pulls it away to the mid-wicket fence where the fielder puts in a good dive to stop the ball. They take just one. 92/6

15.5 M Beer to R Hira, Fullish outside off, driven to the covers for one. he is off the mark. 91/6

Ronnie Hira comes to bat.

15.4 M Beer to G Hopkins, OUT! Bowled 'em! Hopkins tries to come down the wicket, gets yorked. The ball is bang on off stump and as the bat is late down on it, the stumps are shattered. That's the third wicket for Beer. 90/6

15.3 M Beer to C Munro, Full on the pads, driven down to long on for a single. 90/5

15.2 M Beer to G Hopkins, Short on middle, cut away to deep point for one. 89/5

15.1 M Beer to C Munro, Goes for a reverse sweep, hits it just past short third man for a single. 88/5

Beer to bowl his last.

14.6 B Hogg to G Hopkins, The batsman plays a sweep shot. They manage to come back for the second. 87/5

14.5 B Hogg to C Munro, Edged past the keeper to the third man fence for three. Hogg, however, appeals. He is enjoying this as he appeals for a seoond time this over. 85/5

14.4 B Hogg to C Munro, Tries the same shot once again. Ends up getting the same result. 82/5

14.3 B Hogg to C Munro, Tries to go for the switch hit. Misses it by a long way. 82/5

14.2 B Hogg to C Munro, Wrong 'un! Struck on the pads and Hogg appeals. That appears close. The ball pitched on off and turned in after pitching. Hogg went up in appeal all alone. 82/5

14.1 B Hogg to G Hopkins, A wrong 'un first up, tucked down on the leg side for a single. 82/5

Brad Hogg back on.

13.6 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, Bowls in the channel outside off, this time driven well through the cover region for a single this time. 81/5

13.5 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, A short of a length delivery, Hopkins gets an under-edge down the ground. 80/5

13.4 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, FOUR! Off the edge. Another pitched up delivery outside off, Hopkins pushes through the line of the ball and finds an outside edge, safe past the keeper to third man. 80/5

13.3 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, Bowls full this time, driven to the man at extra cover. 76/5

13.2 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, Stays back in his crease and defends that one. 76/5

13.1 Joe Mennie to C Munro, Starts with a leg-sided delivery, Munro works it away or a single. 76/5

Joe Mennie into the attack.

12.6 R Duffield to G Hopkins, Hopkins has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 75/5

12.5 R Duffield to G Hopkins, A short of a length delivery, outside off, Hopkins goes to pull but misses out. 75/5

12.4 R Duffield to G Hopkins, Angles across a length delivery, quite wide, Hopkins goes to slash that but misses out. 75/5

Gareth Hopkins walks in next. The skipper has plenty of work to do now.

12.3 R Duffield to C Munro, OUT! The fielding efforts are pushing Perth to a victory here. A good length delivery, Munro chops it down while cutting, the ball goes on a nice bounce to Ronchi, who removes the glove in a flash and scores a direct hit. de Grandhomme was short as found in the TV replays. 75/5

12.2 R Duffield to de Grandhomme, Bowls length, driven well on the up through the cover region for one. 75/4

12.1 R Duffield to de Grandhomme, Starts with a short of a length delivery, pulled away through the mid-wicket region this time to take a couple of runs. 74/4

Ryan Duffield back into the attack.

11.6 M Beer to C Munro, Flat and full, driven through the cover region to end the over. 72/4

11.5 M Beer to de Grandhomme, Bowls short again, punched away this time to take a single. 72/4

11.4 M Beer to de Grandhomme, A touch short, pushed away to the cover fielder. 71/4

Colin de Grandhomme walks in next.

11.3 M Beer to A Mahmood, OUT! Ladies and gentleman, here's what he does best, Herschelle Gibbs with a blinder. A short of a length delivery, 84 kph, Mahmood charges down the track and smacks it through covers. Gibbs had minimum time but he flew to his right and took a wonderful catch. 71/4

11.2 M Beer to A Mahmood, Bowls short, Mahmood tucks it away through mid-wicket, calls for the second and comes back for it. 71/3

11.1 M Beer to C Munro, On the pads, tucked down for a single this time. 69/3

Colin Munro walks in next at number 5.

10.6 B Hogg to A Kitchen, OUT! Kitchen holes out! Auckland starting to feel the heat now. A flighted delivery, 88 kph, Kitchen scoops it over the mid-wicket fielder, seems to be a safe shot for a couple of runs but he his bat hit the turf into the ground first, the ball travels quite more than expected and Nathan Coulter-Nile with a fine diving catch at deep mid-wicket. 68/3

10.5 B Hogg to A Kitchen, This was short but the genuine leg-break, Kitchen aims to flick it but gets a lucky inside edge onto his pads. 68/2

10.4 B Hogg to A Kitchen, A touch short and turns away, Kitchen dabs it to cover-point. 68/2

10.3 B Hogg to A Mahmood, Flatter and full, hit down through mid on this time to take one. 68/2

10.2 B Hogg to A Kitchen, A touch short, cut away past point for one. 67/2

10.1 B Hogg to A Kitchen, FOUR! Right through the diving fielder. A full toss, Kitchen smacks this through the mid-wicket fielder. Coulter-Nile in the deep slides but the ball goes right through him. 66/2

9.6 M Beer to A Mahmood, A touch short, cut away on the off side but Katich at point stops it well. 62/2

9.5 M Beer to A Mahmood, Lands on leg and turns away, Mahmood tries to defend but manages a safe outside edge. 62/2

9.4 M Beer to A Mahmood, Well tossed up, Mahmood uses his feet and drives it to cover where Gibbs stops it well. 62/2

9.3 M Beer to A Mahmood, Mahmood has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/2

9.2 M Beer to A Kitchen, A touch short, Kitchen smacks it past point and takes one. 62/2

Anaru Kitchen walks in next at number 4.

Michael Beer gets a big wicket here. Auckland need to keep up their scoring rate though.

9.1 M Beer to M Guptill, OUT! This IS a huge wicket. Well tossed up, around off and turns, Guptill is down the track to push that on the off side, manages a thin nick and Ronchi pouches a smart catch. 61/2

8.6 B Hogg to M Guptill, Gets right across and drives it through mid on for a single. 61/1

8.5 B Hogg to M Guptill, Nicely done, waits and nicely guides it down through third man for a couple of runs. 60/1

8.4 B Hogg to M Guptill, SIX! That's a wonderful hit. Tossed up on middle and leg, Guptill sits down and slogs it away over the square leg fence. 58/1

8.3 B Hogg to A Mahmood, The wrong 'un, kicks up with extra bounce, Mahmood pokes at it and gets an outside edge towards short third man for one. 52/1

8.2 B Hogg to M Guptill, Half-tracker, Guptill pulls it away to the man at deep square leg. One run just. 51/1

8.2 B Hogg to M Guptill, WIDE! Lands it down the leg side and it spins past the leg stump as well. 50/1

8.1 B Hogg to M Guptill, The wrong 'un on off and Guptill pushes through the line and misses. 49/1

7.6 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, FOUR! Collingwood proving expensive. Gave 15 runs. A marginally short and slow delivery, Mahmood waits on and swings it golf-whack style over extra covers. 49/1

7.5 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, Bowls nice and full this time, blocked to point. 45/1

7.4 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, FOUR! Too poor a delivery again. That's short outside off this time, Mahmood backs away a bit and smashes that through the cover area. 45/1

7.3 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, FOUR! Fine touch. A fuller length on the pads, Mahmood sweeps it fine and gets it away past the short fine leg fielder. 41/1

7.2 P Collingwood to M Guptill, Too short again, dragged through mid-wicket for one more. 37/1

7.1 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, Bowls short outside off, Mahmood cracks it through covers for one. 36/1

Paul Collingwood to bowl now.

6.6 B Hogg to M Guptill, This time he gets his wrong one bang on target. Pitching on off and moving away. Guptill is beaten. 35/1

6.5 B Hogg to A Mahmood, On the pads again. He is not getting the Chinaman right today yet. Mahmood tucks it away to the leg side for a single. 35/1

6.4 B Hogg to A Mahmood, Wrong one pitching outside leg stump, Mahmood tucks it away to short fine leg. Guptill says no to the run. 34/1

The ball looks out of shape here. The spares are out and the umpire change the ball here. There was a change of ball in the previous innings too.

6.3 B Hogg to M Guptill, Bowls it full this time, Guptill drills this to long on for a single. 34/1

6.2 B Hogg to M Guptill, FOUR! Crashes away! Bangs this wrong one short, Guptill stays back and pulls it along the ground to the mid-wicket fence. 33/1

6.1 B Hogg to A Mahmood, Slow, pitching outside off and turning in to Mahmood. He turns it away to deep sqaure leg for one. 29/1

Right then! How do they get along from here as Hogg comes on?

Brad Hogg to bowl some spin.

5.6 R Duffield to M Guptill, FOUR! Drilled back! This time Guptill gets his timing dead right. Full on middle and he hits through the line straight past Duffield who does well to get out of the way. The ball bullets through to the straight fence. A slow start in the Powerplay. 28/1. 28/1

5.5 R Duffield to A Mahmood, On a length on leg stump, Mahmood turns this away to the leg side for a single. 24/1

5.4 R Duffield to M Guptill, On Guptill's hips this time, tucked away to square leg for one. 23/1

5.3 R Duffield to M Guptill, This time he lifts this length ball just over the mid on fielder and the ball stops again after bouncing on the turf, they run another couple. 22/1

5.2 R Duffield to M Guptill, Back of a length on middle, Guptill hits this over the bowler's head. He doesn't time it well. The ball stops in the out-field and they run two as the fielder throws it back. 20/1

5.2 R Duffield to M Guptill, WIDE! Bowled this wide outside off stump, Guptill lets it go. 18/1

5.1 R Duffield to M Guptill, Short on off, Guptill tries to pull this one but gets an inside edge and the ball goes to Ronchi on the bounce. 17/1

4.6 N Coulter-Nile to A Mahmood, Banged in short, hits Mahmood on his glove and lobs up. The point fielder comes in and dives, but can't get to it. 17/1

4.5 N Coulter-Nile to A Mahmood, FOUR! Commentator's curse! Fuller this time outside off stump, Mahmood swings through the line over the bowler's head and into the boundary. 17/1

4.4 N Coulter-Nile to A Mahmood, Lovely length ball on off stump, Mahmood defends it back to the bowler. The commentators on air are all praises for Coulter-Nile's action. 13/1

4.3 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, On a length on off, Guptill tries to drive it over the in field on the off side, gets a thick-ish outside edge and manages to clear the cover field by a few inches. 13/1

4.2 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Tight once again, this time he bangs it into the pitch, the ball rises and Guptill is equal to the task, gets high up on his toes and taps it to the off side. 12/1

4.1 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Very tight ball on off and middle, the ones that would hit the top of off stump, defended by Guptill on the front foot to the off side. 12/1

3.6 R Duffield to A Mahmood, Good tight ball on a length on off stump, Mahmood plays it back to Duffield. 12/1

Azhar Mahmood comes in at 3. He has saved the Aces many a time in the past. What can he do today?

3.5 R Duffield to Lou Vincent, OUT! Caught behind! Vincent just hasn't looked himself today! The first time he tries to hit an attacking shot he perishes. On a length outside off. Vincent backs away and tries to smash it over the infield on the off side. The ball takes a thin edge and Ronchi makes no mistake. 12/1

3.4 R Duffield to M Guptill, Length ball on the pads, tucked away to deep square leg for one. Vincent now. 12/0

3.3 R Duffield to M Guptill, Full outside off stump, Guptill gets his bat on this swing and mistimes it over mid off for a couple. Just stopped within the ropes. 11/0

3.2 R Duffield to M Guptill, Wide outside off stump, Guptill swings at it and misses. 9/0

3.1 R Duffield to M Guptill, On a length and angling across the right-hander, a typical left arm seamer's delivery, plays it to the off side. 9/0

Ryan Duffield into the attack.

2.6 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Back of a length outside off, defended to the covers again, no run. Good start by Coulter-Nile, just one off his first over. 9/0

2.5 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Vincent hasn't had a good lunch today I guess. Full on off, he gets onto his front foot and defends it to the off side. 9/0

2.4 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Banged in short, Good rising ball, Vincent sways away and Ronchi collects it high over his head. One for the over signaled. 9/0

2.3 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Fuller and angling onto the pads, Vincent turns it away to the leg side. That one did not bounce much. Lucky he got some bat on it. 9/0

2.2 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Banged in short on off, Guptill stays back and taps it down with soft hands, Vincent runs through for one. 9/0

2.1 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Back of a length outside off, defended off the back foot, no run. 8/0

Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl now.

1.6 Joe Mennie to Lou Vincent, Tight line on middle, just back of a length, Vincent defends this off the back foot to the leg side. He is looking surprisingly calm at the crease. 8/0

1.5 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Shortish on off stump, Guptill plays this down with soft hands for a single to the off side. 8/0

1.4 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, FOUR! Cut away! This was short outside off and asking to be hit, Guptill responds accordingly and cracks this through the covers, square on the off side. 7/0

1.3 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Crisply drives this full length ball straight to mid off. 3/0

1.2 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Shoulders arms to this good length delivery. 3/0

1.1 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Back of a length outside off, patted away to the off side, no run. 3/0

Joe Mennie from the other end now.

0.6 M Beer to Lou Vincent, Full and driven straight to the cover fielder, no run available. 3/0

0.5 M Beer to Lou Vincent, Tighter on off, defended to the off side. 3/0

0.4 M Beer to Lou Vincent, On the pads, tucked away to the leg side for a couple. 3/0

0.3 M Beer to M Guptill, Full and tossed up, Guptill tries an inside out drive, mid off gets across and makes a diving save, keeps them down to one. 1/0

0.2 M Beer to M Guptill, Back of a length on off, punches it to mid off. 0/0

0.1 M Beer to M Guptill, Full outside off, tries to drive it through the cover but finds the fielder. 0/0

Commentary (Perth Scorchers innings)

This ended up being a one-sided match. The next match may not have any consequence. But, the standings in the table after the next match will determine who Delhi and Titans play against in the semi-final. Do join us for the next match which will be brought to you shortly.

Michael Beer receives the Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance. His 4-0-13-3 rocked the Aces back. He picked up two set batsmen in Azhar Mahmood and Guptill along with the captain, Hopkins. He says that he is used to bowling the first over and has done it in the BBL very often. He enjoys bowling with the new ball as it skids onto the batsmen. He is happy with his performance today.

Michael Beer was outstanding in his variations. Joe Mennie was on top of his bowling too and Perth manage to defend a below-par total in fine style, after almost defending a small total against Delhi. They will go with their heads held high.

Auckland Aces are knocked out of the CLT20. Perth Scorchers, become another team, to get a consolidatory victory, after being knocked out of the tournament. Which means that Delhi and Titans will play out a dead rubber up next, being qualified to the semifinals already. Martin Guptill, who struck rich form off late, was pretty good in the start but lacked the temperament to keep going. Gibbs, who famously dropped Steve Waugh in the 1999 World Cup, almost won the match there and there itself, when he plucked off the man in supreme form, Azhar Mahmood.

19.6 Joe Mennie to M Bates, The last ball of the tournament for both these teams is a full ball on leg stump which has been drilled back to long on for a single. So, that is it as Perth Scorchers win by 16 runs. They have registered their first win of the tournament and will be going back home on a high. 124/8

19.5 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Full on middle and leg, hit to mid-wicket for a single. 123/8

19.4 Joe Mennie to M Bates, Powerfully struck down the ground as the bowler bowls it full. Gibbs makes a diving stop at long off, keeps them down to one. 122/8

19.3 Joe Mennie to M Bates, Good yorker on off, dug out well. The ball is hit into the pitch and it flies over Mennie's head straight back. They take two. 121/8

19.2 Joe Mennie to M Bates, FOUR! Driven away! Half volley on off, driven crisply past the cover fielder to the boundary. 119/8

19.1 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Yorker on off stump, driven straight to the cover fielder. 115/8

Perth Scorchers have crawled up to 140 somehow today after getting a decent start and then, losing their way at the fag end of the innings. It wouldn't be apt to say that it is a competitive total. However, Auckland will have to bat well as the Scorchers' bowlers made Delhi work hard when they chased down 122. If they pick up a few early wickets, we could have this one going down the wire.

19.6 M Bates to B Hogg, FOUR! Blasted away! Hogg shows the previous batsmen who lost their wickets in this over how to end an innings. Backs away to this full delivery on middle and crashes it through point for a boundary. Hogg gets one ball and made the most of it that he possibly could. 140/7

19.5 M Bates to N Coulter-Nile, Full on middle, drives it down to long off for a single. 136/7

The old war-horse, Brad Hogg comes into bat.

19.4 M Bates to Joe Mennie, OUT! Third wicket of the over! Full on the pads, Joe Mennie lofts this straight to deep mid-wicket where Hira just has to come up a few paces and gets under it comfortably. Three wickets in the over also means three dots. That was Bates' 50th wicket in T20s. 135/7

19.3 M Bates to Joe Mennie, Fullish on off stump, clips it to mid-wicket for a couple. 135/6

Joe Mennie comes to bat.

19.2 M Bates to P Collingwood, OUT! Full on middle stump, drags it away to wide long on where Hira throws in to the striker's end as Collingwood runs for the second. He runs in very casually here, doesn't try to drag his bat in. The casual running costs him his wicket. That is poor from someone with so much international experience. 133/6

Appeal for a RUN OUT!

Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in to bat.

19.1 M Bates to L Ronchi, OUT! Holes out! Full toss on middle stump, All Ronchi does is lifts it to give simple catching practice to Guptill who takes it easily at long on. Guptill looks in some discomfort after taking the catch. 132/5

Right then, the players are making their way out in the middle. Herschelle Gibbs and Marcus North are the openers for Perth. Kyle Mills will bowl first up. Here we go...

Perth will try to play at their best in their last game of this CLT20, Auckland need some luck if they need to qualify, but they need to win first.

Perth Scorchers - Herschelle Gibbs, Simon Katich, Marcus North(c), Tom Beaton, Paul Collingwood, Luke Ronchi(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Joe Mennie, Ryan Duffield, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer.

For Aces, Andre Adams is out with an abdominal muscle tear and Bruce Martin will take his place. Auckland - Lou Vincent, Martin Guptill, Azhar Mahmood, Anaru Kitchen, Gareth Hopkins(w/c), Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Ronnie Hira, Kyle Mills, Michael Bates, Bruce Martin.

Toss - Marcus North spins the coin and wins the toss. Perth Scorchers will have a bat. Both the Marsh brothers and Nathan Rimmington are out. Paul Collingwood, Ryan Duffield and Tom Beaton come in to replace them. Auckland Aces have made a single change as Bruce Martin replaces injured Andre Adams.

Pitch - The surface looks different from the previous time a match was played on it. This one looks lovely for batting and should stay the same for both the innings. So, chasing would be a good option for the team winning the toss.

Weather - It looks bright and sunny although there were predictions of thunderstorms earlier.

Welcome to the last day of the league stage of CLT20. The first of today's double headers will be played between Auckland Aces and Perth Scorchers at Centurion. Scorchers are playing for pride whereas the Aces will try to win by a huge margin to get a berth in the semis. However, their fortune will also rely on the next match and they will hope that Delhi wins.

18.6 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, Full on middle, Bates moves across and swings at it, gets an inside edge. The ball goes away from short fine leg. Beer runs around and makes a diving stop. One taken. 27 needed of the last over now. 114/8

18.5 N Coulter-Nile to M Bates, Full again outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder, no run again. 113/8

18.4 N Coulter-Nile to M Bates, Full outside off stump, the batsman misses it. 112/8

18.3 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. They pick up a single. 112/8

18.2 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, Full outside off, Bates has a swing and misses. 111/8

18.1 N Coulter-Nile to K Mills, Full on middle, hit straight back over the bowler. He doesn't time it well. They get two on that shot. 111/8

18.6 A Mahmood to L Ronchi, Full on the pads, Ronchi gets down on his pads and tries to heave it over mid-wicket but gets hit on his pads, they run through for a leg bye. Wonderful over by Mahmood, just 5 off. He did not get any wicket today but has bowled economically at 6 an over. 132/4

18.5 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Slow and full at 94 kph, just outside off stump, Collingwood drives it to deep cover for one. There is no pace on it for him to do anything else with it. 131/4

18.4 A Mahmood to L Ronchi, Lovely! Almost a yorker angled in to the leg stump, drives it past Mahmood who can't stop it, the long off fielder keeps it to one. 130/4

18.3 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Short of a length and slow outside off, cuts it away to cover for a single. 129/4

18.2 A Mahmood to L Ronchi, Good bowling to the field by Mahmood, full on off, Ronchi drives it to long off to give Collingwood the strike back. 128/4

18.1 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Full outside off, Collingwood gets across and drills it down to deep mid-wicket for a single. Ronchi on strike now, what can he do? 127/4

Michael Bates comes in at 10.

17.6 Joe Mennie to C Munro, OUT! That should be it! Munro, the last set batsman gets a full ball on his pads and tries to drill it to the leg side and misses. The ball pitched outside leg as shown in the replay. The players go up for an LBW appeal and the umpires gives it out. 109/8

17.5 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Slower ball at 105 kph. On a length, Mills tries to hit this to the off side, the ball goes close to the pitch and they run a single. 109/7

17.4 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Full on middle this time, turned away straight to mid-wicket, consecutive dot balls here. 108/7

17.3 Joe Mennie to K Mills, Full on off stump, Mills drives this to the cover fielder. 108/7

Kyle Mills comes in at 9.

17.2 Joe Mennie to R Hira, OUT! Needless shot! Full on middle, Hira moves across and goes for an unnecessary scoop over short fine leg. What happens is, he misses by a mile and the ball ends up taking the bails off. He was giving good support to Munro. 108/7

17.1 Joe Mennie to C Munro, On the pads and Munro turns it away to mid-wicket for one. 108/6

17.6 M Bates to P Collingwood, Full toss again, this time the line is good, just outside off stump, Collingwood hits it past square leg for a single and retains strike. 126/4

17.5 M Bates to L Ronchi, Length on leg stump, Ronchi chips it over the mid-wicket fielder, safely though, for one. 125/4

17.4 M Bates to P Collingwood, Short of a length outside off, chops it down to the off side for one. 124/4

17.3 M Bates to P Collingwood, FOUR! Smashed away! Juicy full toss on off, Collingwood helps it away to the mid-wicket boundary, Hira makes a valiant attempt to stop it, but in vain. 123/4

17.2 M Bates to L Ronchi, On a length outside off, Ronchi plonks his bat at it early and the ball goes in the air past extra cover, down to deep point for a single. He is off the mark. Collingwood needs to stay till the end and get them to a good total. 119/4

Luke Ronchi to bat at 6.

17.1 M Bates to Tom Beaton, OUT! Castled him! Straight and full! Beaton has a swing at it as the ball is well away from the middle of his bat and the edge as well. The ball crashes into the off stump and gets it to cart-wheel. Good start to the over for Bates. 118/4

Mennie back on.

16.6 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, Chops this short ball on to the leg side, Hira runs through for a quick single. 15 off that over. They need 34 off three now. 107/6

16.5 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, Full and wide outside off, Munro smashes this wide of deep point for a couple. 106/6

16.4 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, FOUR! Just over! On a length outside off, Munro gets his left foot away and smashes it just over mid off for a boundary. 104/6

16.3 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, SIX! Hammered! That was short on middle, Munro stays put and smashes it over the mid-wicket fence for a much needed six. 100/6

16.2 N Coulter-Nile to R Hira, Short outside off, cut away powerfully, but straight to point, no run. 94/6

16.1 N Coulter-Nile to C Munro, The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. One run added to the total. 93/6

Bates to bowl his last two, the 18th and the 20th probably.

The 50 run stand is brought up on the last ball.

16.6 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Full on off stump, Beaton comes across, gets down and slaps it wide of Guptill at long on for a couple. 118/3

16.5 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Wonder what he was trying to do there! Full on leg stump, he tries the reverse paddle and manages to play it down the pitch, a normal paddle would have suited him well on this delivery. 116/3

16.5 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, WIDE! Slower one gone wrong! Drags this one short and way outside the off stump, Beaton lets it go and the umpire calls it. 116/3

16.4 A Mahmood to Tom Beaton, Full on leg stump. Good variations from Mahmood here. Collingwood drives it to long off for a single. 115/3

16.3 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Slower one bowled short outsiide off at 94 kph, Collingwood cuts it away to deep point for one. 114/3

The physio is out in the middle.

16.2 A Mahmood to Tom Beaton, Full again on middle this time, smashes this past Mahmood who gets a hand to it, the long off fielder comes across and makes a diving stop. They run a single. That was powerfully struck and it appears like Mahmood's finger is bleeding a bit. 113/3

16.1 A Mahmood to Tom Beaton, Full on leg stump, digs it out on time, no run available though. 112/3

Coulter-Nile to bowl now.

15.6 M Beer to C Munro, Short on middle, Munro rocks back and pulls it away to the mid-wicket fence where the fielder puts in a good dive to stop the ball. They take just one. 92/6

15.5 M Beer to R Hira, Fullish outside off, driven to the covers for one. he is off the mark. 91/6

Ronnie Hira comes to bat.

15.4 M Beer to G Hopkins, OUT! Bowled 'em! Hopkins tries to come down the wicket, gets yorked. The ball is bang on off stump and as the bat is late down on it, the stumps are shattered. That's the third wicket for Beer. 90/6

15.3 M Beer to C Munro, Full on the pads, driven down to long on for a single. 90/5

15.2 M Beer to G Hopkins, Short on middle, cut away to deep point for one. 89/5

15.1 M Beer to C Munro, Goes for a reverse sweep, hits it just past short third man for a single. 88/5

15.6 de Grandhomme to Tom Beaton, Short on middle, pulls it away for a single. 112/3

15.5 de Grandhomme to Tom Beaton, FOUR! Short of a length on middle, tries to loft this one over the ropes too, mistimes it and the ball goes wide of Guptill at long on who dives past the ball which hits his body and rolls away to the boundary. Hard luck there! 111/3

15.4 de Grandhomme to Tom Beaton, SIX! Whack! Beaton goes down on one knee to this ball drifting in to leg stump, slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence. Nice shot! 107/3

15.3 de Grandhomme to Tom Beaton, Drives this wide of long on for a couple. 101/3

15.2 de Grandhomme to Tom Beaton,Way down the leg side, the keeper does well to stop it. The ball must have taken something on the way though which is why the wide was not given. 99/3

15.1 de Grandhomme to P Collingwood, On the pads, Collingwood tries to play the reverse sweep it and misses, hits the keeper's gloves and goes to short fine leg for a single. 99/3

Beer to bowl his last.

14.6 B Hogg to G Hopkins, The batsman plays a sweep shot. They manage to come back for the second. 87/5

14.5 B Hogg to C Munro, Edged past the keeper to the third man fence for three. Hogg, however, appeals. He is enjoying this as he appeals for a seoond time this over. 85/5

14.4 B Hogg to C Munro, Tries the same shot once again. Ends up getting the same result. 82/5

14.3 B Hogg to C Munro, Tries to go for the switch hit. Misses it by a long way. 82/5

14.2 B Hogg to C Munro, Wrong 'un! Struck on the pads and Hogg appeals. That appears close. The ball pitched on off and turned in after pitching. Hogg went up in appeal all alone. 82/5

14.1 B Hogg to G Hopkins, A wrong 'un first up, tucked down on the leg side for a single. 82/5

Colin de Grandhomme to bowl now.

14.6 K Mills to P Collingwood, Slower one, banged in on off stump, Collingwood sways away and plays it down to third man for one. 98/3

14.5 K Mills to Tom Beaton, Yorker on leg stump, Beaton digs it out and the ball goes down to long on. They get a single. 97/3

14.4 K Mills to P Collingwood, Short on off stump, comes back a bit after pitching, dabs it to third man for a single. Ge was cramped for room as he played that shot, well adjusted. 96/3

14.3 K Mills to P Collingwood, FOUR! Helped away! Short on off stump, Collingwood gets across and paddles it past short fine leg for a boundary. 95/3

14.2 K Mills to Tom Beaton, Slow outside off, Beaton goes for a heave but is too early into the shot, drags it to mid-wicket for a single. 91/3

14.1 K Mills to P Collingwood, On the pads, misses his clip and is hit on the pads, leg bye taken. 90/3

Brad Hogg back on.

13.6 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, Bowls in the channel outside off, this time driven well through the cover region for a single this time. 81/5

13.5 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, A short of a length delivery, Hopkins gets an under-edge down the ground. 80/5

13.4 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, FOUR! Off the edge. Another pitched up delivery outside off, Hopkins pushes through the line of the ball and finds an outside edge, safe past the keeper to third man. 80/5

13.3 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, Bowls full this time, driven to the man at extra cover. 76/5

13.2 Joe Mennie to G Hopkins, Stays back in his crease and defends that one. 76/5

13.1 Joe Mennie to C Munro, Starts with a leg-sided delivery, Munro works it away or a single. 76/5

Mills comes back on.

13.6 A Mahmood to Tom Beaton, Slower one at 95 kph, sees Beaton coming down the track and bowls it short outside off, Beaton misses his heave to the leg side. 89/3

13.5 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Full on middle stump, Collingwood hits it straight to mid-wicket who is on the circle and calls Beaton through for a quick single. Paul is running to the danger end and makes it easily. 89/3

13.4 A Mahmood to Tom Beaton, Full outside off, Beaton tries to drive it over the covers but manages to inside edge it down to long on for one. 88/3

13.3 A Mahmood to Tom Beaton, Back of a length on off, plays a good looking punch straight to extra cover. 87/3

13.2 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, Short of a length on middle, pulled away to fine leg for one. 87/3

13.1 A Mahmood to P Collingwood, FOUR! Short of a length and moving in a bit, the ball takes the edge and goes behind past where first slip would have been and into the boundary. 86/3

Joe Mennie into the attack.

12.6 R Duffield to G Hopkins, Hopkins has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 75/5

12.5 R Duffield to G Hopkins, A short of a length delivery, outside off, Hopkins goes to pull but misses out. 75/5

12.4 R Duffield to G Hopkins, Angles across a length delivery, quite wide, Hopkins goes to slash that but misses out. 75/5

Gareth Hopkins walks in next. The skipper has plenty of work to do now.

12.3 R Duffield to C Munro, OUT! The fielding efforts are pushing Perth to a victory here. A good length delivery, Munro chops it down while cutting, the ball goes on a nice bounce to Ronchi, who removes the glove in a flash and scores a direct hit. de Grandhomme was short as found in the TV replays. 75/5

12.2 R Duffield to de Grandhomme, Bowls length, driven well on the up through the cover region for one. 75/4

12.1 R Duffield to de Grandhomme, Starts with a short of a length delivery, pulled away through the mid-wicket region this time to take a couple of runs. 74/4

Mahmood back on to bowl.

12.6 B Martin to Tom Beaton, Full on off stump, driven straight back to Martin. 82/3

12.5 B Martin to P Collingwood, Full and slower through the air on middle, flicks it to mid-wicket for one. 82/3

12.4 B Martin to Tom Beaton, Crisply driven to long off for a single. 81/3

12.3 B Martin to P Collingwood, Strays on the pads, clips it to the leg side for a single. 80/3

12.2 B Martin to P Collingwood, FOUR! Driven with elegance! Full and well outside off, Collingwood comes forward and drives it past a diving short extra cover and into the fence. 79/3

12.1 B Martin to Tom Beaton, Slow and full on the pads, driven back in the air past the bowler to long on for one. 75/3

Ryan Duffield back into the attack.

11.6 M Beer to C Munro, Flat and full, driven through the cover region to end the over. 72/4

11.5 M Beer to de Grandhomme, Bowls short again, punched away this time to take a single. 72/4

11.4 M Beer to de Grandhomme, A touch short, pushed away to the cover fielder. 71/4

Colin de Grandhomme walks in next.

11.3 M Beer to A Mahmood, OUT! Ladies and gentleman, here's what he does best, Herschelle Gibbs with a blinder. A short of a length delivery, 84 kph, Mahmood charges down the track and smacks it through covers. Gibbs had minimum time but he flew to his right and took a wonderful catch. 71/4

11.2 M Beer to A Mahmood, Bowls short, Mahmood tucks it away through mid-wicket, calls for the second and comes back for it. 71/3

11.1 M Beer to C Munro, On the pads, tucked down for a single this time. 69/3

11.6 R Hira to P Collingwood, FOUR! Pulled away! Just about short outside off, Collingwood waits and smashes this to the right of deep mid-wicket for a four. 74/3

11.5 R Hira to Tom Beaton, Taps this down to the off side and into the gap for one. 70/3

11.4 R Hira to P Collingwood, Comes down the track to this length ball, meets the ball at its pitch and drives it to long on for a single. 69/3

11.3 R Hira to P Collingwood, Just short on off, plays it back to Hira. 68/3

11.2 R Hira to Tom Beaton, Short of a length on off, punches it straight back to long on for one. 68/3

Tom Beaton comes in to bat.

11.1 R Hira to S Katich, OUT! Bowled around his legs! Slow on the pads, Katich walks across as usual, but too far this time I guess, the ball hits the lower part of his thigh pad and goes straight onto the leg stump. 67/3

Colin Munro walks in next at number 5.

10.6 B Hogg to A Kitchen, OUT! Kitchen holes out! Auckland starting to feel the heat now. A flighted delivery, 88 kph, Kitchen scoops it over the mid-wicket fielder, seems to be a safe shot for a couple of runs but he his bat hit the turf into the ground first, the ball travels quite more than expected and Nathan Coulter-Nile with a fine diving catch at deep mid-wicket. 68/3

10.5 B Hogg to A Kitchen, This was short but the genuine leg-break, Kitchen aims to flick it but gets a lucky inside edge onto his pads. 68/2

10.4 B Hogg to A Kitchen, A touch short and turns away, Kitchen dabs it to cover-point. 68/2

10.3 B Hogg to A Mahmood, Flatter and full, hit down through mid on this time to take one. 68/2

10.2 B Hogg to A Kitchen, A touch short, cut away past point for one. 67/2

10.1 B Hogg to A Kitchen, FOUR! Right through the diving fielder. A full toss, Kitchen smacks this through the mid-wicket fielder. Coulter-Nile in the deep slides but the ball goes right through him. 66/2

10.6 B Martin to P Collingwood, Good ball pitching on off and turning away sharply, takes Collingwood's edge and goes down to short third man, no run on offer. 5 singles off the over. 67/2

10.5 B Martin to S Katich, Tucked away to mid-wicket for yet another single. 67/2

10.4 B Martin to P Collingwood, Fuller on middle, drives this to long on for one. 66/2

10.3 B Martin to S Katich, Steps down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 65/2

10.2 B Martin to P Collingwood, Collingwood is off the strike, drives this onto the off side for one. 64/2

10.1 B Martin to S Katich, Flicked away to the leg side for a single. 63/2

9.6 M Beer to A Mahmood, A touch short, cut away on the off side but Katich at point stops it well. 62/2

9.5 M Beer to A Mahmood, Lands on leg and turns away, Mahmood tries to defend but manages a safe outside edge. 62/2

9.4 M Beer to A Mahmood, Well tossed up, Mahmood uses his feet and drives it to cover where Gibbs stops it well. 62/2

9.3 M Beer to A Mahmood, Mahmood has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/2

9.2 M Beer to A Kitchen, A touch short, Kitchen smacks it past point and takes one. 62/2

Anaru Kitchen walks in next at number 4.

Michael Beer gets a big wicket here. Auckland need to keep up their scoring rate though.

9.1 M Beer to M Guptill, OUT! This IS a huge wicket. Well tossed up, around off and turns, Guptill is down the track to push that on the off side, manages a thin nick and Ronchi pouches a smart catch. 61/2

Paul Collingwood comes in to bat.

9.6 R Hira to S Katich, OUT! Dabs this length ball to short third man, they run through for a quick single, North is slow off the blocks and the fielder achieves a direct hit at the striker's end. The umpire goes up and North is just short. He had got set today. 62/2

Appeal for a RUN OUT!

9.5 R Hira to S Katich, Short and pulled away to deep square, well fielded after a fumble, they run two. 62/1

9.4 R Hira to S Katich, FOUR! On the pads again, Katich helps it away past fine leg and into the fence behind the wicket. This shot brings up the 50 partnership between the two batsmen. 60/1

9.4 R Hira to S Katich, WIDE! Poorly bowled down the leg side. 56/1

9.3 R Hira to M North, Worked down the leg side for one. 55/1

9.2 R Hira to M North, SIX! Bang! Chips down the track to this slow ball on leg, cracks this over the mid-wicket boundary for the first six of the match. 54/1

9.1 R Hira to S Katich, The batsman plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total. 48/1

8.6 B Hogg to M Guptill, Gets right across and drives it through mid on for a single. 61/1

8.5 B Hogg to M Guptill, Nicely done, waits and nicely guides it down through third man for a couple of runs. 60/1

8.4 B Hogg to M Guptill, SIX! That's a wonderful hit. Tossed up on middle and leg, Guptill sits down and slogs it away over the square leg fence. 58/1

8.3 B Hogg to A Mahmood, The wrong 'un, kicks up with extra bounce, Mahmood pokes at it and gets an outside edge towards short third man for one. 52/1

8.2 B Hogg to M Guptill, Half-tracker, Guptill pulls it away to the man at deep square leg. One run just. 51/1

8.2 B Hogg to M Guptill, WIDE! Lands it down the leg side and it spins past the leg stump as well. 50/1

8.1 B Hogg to M Guptill, The wrong 'un on off and Guptill pushes through the line and misses. 49/1

8.6 B Martin to M North, Plays the reverse sweep, straight to short third man, no run. 47/1

8.5 B Martin to M North, FOUR! Full on the pads, North gets down on his knee and places this past short fine leg for a boundary. 47/1

8.4 B Martin to M North, Steps down the track and doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, defends it. 43/1

8.3 B Martin to M North, Sweeps this length ball to short fine leg for a single. 43/1

8.2 B Martin to M North, The slog sweep is out, North hits this length ball down to deep mid-wicket, Vincent fumbles and they run for the second easily. 43/1

8.1 B Martin to M North, Full on middle, drills it down the ground for a couple, that was hit hard. 41/1

7.6 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, FOUR! Collingwood proving expensive. Gave 15 runs. A marginally short and slow delivery, Mahmood waits on and swings it golf-whack style over extra covers. 49/1

7.5 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, Bowls nice and full this time, blocked to point. 45/1

7.4 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, FOUR! Too poor a delivery again. That's short outside off this time, Mahmood backs away a bit and smashes that through the cover area. 45/1

7.3 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, FOUR! Fine touch. A fuller length on the pads, Mahmood sweeps it fine and gets it away past the short fine leg fielder. 41/1

7.2 P Collingwood to M Guptill, Too short again, dragged through mid-wicket for one more. 37/1

7.1 P Collingwood to A Mahmood, Bowls short outside off, Mahmood cracks it through covers for one. 36/1

7.6 R Hira to M North, Gets out the reverse sweep again, connects but hits it straight to short third man for one. 39/1

7.5 R Hira to S Katich, Back of a length, Katich stays on the back foot and crashes it to deep cover for one. 38/1

7.4 R Hira to M North, 85 kph on a length outside off, North tries to sweep, gets hit on the pads and they take one. This was North's 1000th run in T20s. 37/1

7.3 R Hira to S Katich, Full on middle, drives it to long on for a single. 36/1

7.2 R Hira to S Katich, Back of a length on off, plays it straight to point. 35/1

7.1 R Hira to M North, Full on the leg stump, tucks it down to square leg for one. 35/1

Paul Collingwood to bowl now.

6.6 B Hogg to M Guptill, This time he gets his wrong one bang on target. Pitching on off and moving away. Guptill is beaten. 35/1

6.5 B Hogg to A Mahmood, On the pads again. He is not getting the Chinaman right today yet. Mahmood tucks it away to the leg side for a single. 35/1

6.4 B Hogg to A Mahmood, Wrong one pitching outside leg stump, Mahmood tucks it away to short fine leg. Guptill says no to the run. 34/1

The ball looks out of shape here. The spares are out and the umpire change the ball here. There was a change of ball in the previous innings too.

6.3 B Hogg to M Guptill, Bowls it full this time, Guptill drills this to long on for a single. 34/1

6.2 B Hogg to M Guptill, FOUR! Crashes away! Bangs this wrong one short, Guptill stays back and pulls it along the ground to the mid-wicket fence. 33/1

6.1 B Hogg to A Mahmood, Slow, pitching outside off and turning in to Mahmood. He turns it away to deep sqaure leg for one. 29/1

Ronnie Hira comes to bowl.

6.6 B Martin to M North, Full on middle, a bit quicker, on drives it down to mid-wicket for a single. 34/1

6.5 B Martin to M North, North tries the reverse sweep, full outside off, he misses it and Hopkins takes it well as he was blinded for a fraction of a second. 33/1

6.4 B Martin to S Katich, 84 kph and full on the pads, plays it down to square leg for a single. 33/1

6.3 B Martin to M North, Slow and full outside off, drives it down to long off for a single. 32/1

6.2 B Martin to S Katich, On a length outside off, opens the face and plays it past point for a single. 31/1

6.1 B Martin to S Katich, Full on off, driven straight to the covers, no run. 30/1

Right then! How do they get along from here as Hogg comes on?

Brad Hogg to bowl some spin.

5.6 R Duffield to M Guptill, FOUR! Drilled back! This time Guptill gets his timing dead right. Full on middle and he hits through the line straight past Duffield who does well to get out of the way. The ball bullets through to the straight fence. A slow start in the Powerplay. 28/1. 28/1

5.5 R Duffield to A Mahmood, On a length on leg stump, Mahmood turns this away to the leg side for a single. 24/1

5.4 R Duffield to M Guptill, On Guptill's hips this time, tucked away to square leg for one. 23/1

5.3 R Duffield to M Guptill, This time he lifts this length ball just over the mid on fielder and the ball stops again after bouncing on the turf, they run another couple. 22/1

5.2 R Duffield to M Guptill, Back of a length on middle, Guptill hits this over the bowler's head. He doesn't time it well. The ball stops in the out-field and they run two as the fielder throws it back. 20/1

5.2 R Duffield to M Guptill, WIDE! Bowled this wide outside off stump, Guptill lets it go. 18/1

5.1 R Duffield to M Guptill, Short on off, Guptill tries to pull this one but gets an inside edge and the ball goes to Ronchi on the bounce. 17/1

Bruce Martin to bowl his first ball of CLT20.

5.6 A Mahmood to M North, Good yorker. North keeps it out well. 30 off the Powerplay. 30/1

5.5 A Mahmood to S Katich, Back of a length, tries to cut it past point, doesn't time it well, goes straight to point. The mistimed hit means the ball goes to the fielder slowly and they run through for one. 30/1

5.4 A Mahmood to S Katich, FOUR! Smashed! Fuller outside off stump, Katich stays back and slams it through the covers for his first boundary. 29/1

5.3 A Mahmood to S Katich, Short just outside off stump, tries to cut. Ends up chopping it on past the off stump, Hopkins makes a good stop. 25/1

5.2 A Mahmood to M North, Short on leg stump, North stays back and pulls it to square leg for one. 25/1

5.1 A Mahmood to M North, Back of a length on middle and off, tucked away to the leg side, the square leg fielder stops the ball, no run. 24/1

4.6 N Coulter-Nile to A Mahmood, Banged in short, hits Mahmood on his glove and lobs up. The point fielder comes in and dives, but can't get to it. 17/1

4.5 N Coulter-Nile to A Mahmood, FOUR! Commentator's curse! Fuller this time outside off stump, Mahmood swings through the line over the bowler's head and into the boundary. 17/1

4.4 N Coulter-Nile to A Mahmood, Lovely length ball on off stump, Mahmood defends it back to the bowler. The commentators on air are all praises for Coulter-Nile's action. 13/1

4.3 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, On a length on off, Guptill tries to drive it over the in field on the off side, gets a thick-ish outside edge and manages to clear the cover field by a few inches. 13/1

4.2 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Tight once again, this time he bangs it into the pitch, the ball rises and Guptill is equal to the task, gets high up on his toes and taps it to the off side. 12/1

4.1 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Very tight ball on off and middle, the ones that would hit the top of off stump, defended by Guptill on the front foot to the off side. 12/1

Azhar Mahmood to bowl now.

4.6 K Mills to M North, Back of a length on off, North punches it straight back past the umpire. He did not have enough timing on it, the mid on fielder comes across and dives. Only one run on offer. 24/1

4.5 K Mills to M North, Fuller on middle to North, that was a slower one. North plays it back to Mills. 23/1

4.4 K Mills to S Katich, Short on off stump, Katich makes some room and cuts it to third man, they take a run. It appears like Katich has played just one shot today, the cut. 23/1

4.3 K Mills to M North, Fuller on off stump, North pats this down to the off side for a single, Katich back on strike. 22/1

4.2 K Mills to S Katich, Short of a length on off stump this time, opens the face and steers it down to third man for a single. Finally evades the point fielder. 21/1

4.1 K Mills to S Katich, Back of a length, Katich moves away a bit and cuts it straight to point. He has been finding the point fielder all the time for a few balls now. 20/1

3.6 R Duffield to A Mahmood, Good tight ball on a length on off stump, Mahmood plays it back to Duffield. 12/1

Azhar Mahmood comes in at 3. He has saved the Aces many a time in the past. What can he do today?

3.5 R Duffield to Lou Vincent, OUT! Caught behind! Vincent just hasn't looked himself today! The first time he tries to hit an attacking shot he perishes. On a length outside off. Vincent backs away and tries to smash it over the infield on the off side. The ball takes a thin edge and Ronchi makes no mistake. 12/1

3.4 R Duffield to M Guptill, Length ball on the pads, tucked away to deep square leg for one. Vincent now. 12/0

3.3 R Duffield to M Guptill, Full outside off stump, Guptill gets his bat on this swing and mistimes it over mid off for a couple. Just stopped within the ropes. 11/0

3.2 R Duffield to M Guptill, Wide outside off stump, Guptill swings at it and misses. 9/0

3.1 R Duffield to M Guptill, On a length and angling across the right-hander, a typical left arm seamer's delivery, plays it to the off side. 9/0

3.6 M Bates to M North, Fullish on the pads, drives it to mid on. This has been a good over for Perth. 12 off it. 20/1

3.5 M Bates to M North, FOUR! Third one! Shimmies down the track and takes the ball on the full. He times this well between mid off and the cover fielder to the boundary. 20/1

3.4 M Bates to M North, Short of a length outside off, North punches it well, but straight to the cover fielder. 16/1

3.3 M Bates to M North, Better length on off stump this time by Bates, North defends it down to the off side close to the pitch, they think of a run, but that would have been a silly decision had they gone for the run. 16/1

A bit of problem with the cricket ball now. The thread has come off the seam and the umpires are changing the ball now.

3.2 M Bates to M North, FOUR! Good timing! Fuller this time outside off stump, North comes down the track and drives this through the covers on his front foot, back to back boundaries here. It was high time they got moving on. 16/1

3.1 M Bates to M North, FOUR! Short on middle, North pulls this away to the square leg fence for a shackle-breaking boundary. 12/1

Ryan Duffield into the attack.

2.6 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Back of a length outside off, defended to the covers again, no run. Good start by Coulter-Nile, just one off his first over. 9/0

2.5 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Vincent hasn't had a good lunch today I guess. Full on off, he gets onto his front foot and defends it to the off side. 9/0

2.4 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Banged in short, Good rising ball, Vincent sways away and Ronchi collects it high over his head. One for the over signaled. 9/0

2.3 N Coulter-Nile to Lou Vincent, Fuller and angling onto the pads, Vincent turns it away to the leg side. That one did not bounce much. Lucky he got some bat on it. 9/0

2.2 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Banged in short on off, Guptill stays back and taps it down with soft hands, Vincent runs through for one. 9/0

2.1 N Coulter-Nile to M Guptill, Back of a length outside off, defended off the back foot, no run. 8/0

2.6 K Mills to S Katich, Short outside off, cut straight to point yet again. Beautiful over here by Mills. 8/1

2.5 K Mills to M North, Lifts this mistimed shot to a length ball. The ball goes just over mid on, the first run of the over has been taken here. 8/1

2.4 K Mills to M North, Times this short ball well towards point once again, are we seeing Test cricket here? 7/1

2.3 K Mills to M North, Shortish outside off, cuts it straight to point, another dot ball. 7/1

2.2 K Mills to M North, Length ball on middle stump, played down towards mid-wicket. 7/1

2.1 K Mills to M North, Back of a length outside off stump, plays it down to the off side. 7/1

Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl now.

1.6 Joe Mennie to Lou Vincent, Tight line on middle, just back of a length, Vincent defends this off the back foot to the leg side. He is looking surprisingly calm at the crease. 8/0

1.5 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Shortish on off stump, Guptill plays this down with soft hands for a single to the off side. 8/0

1.4 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, FOUR! Cut away! This was short outside off and asking to be hit, Guptill responds accordingly and cracks this through the covers, square on the off side. 7/0

1.3 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Crisply drives this full length ball straight to mid off. 3/0

1.2 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Shoulders arms to this good length delivery. 3/0

1.1 Joe Mennie to M Guptill, Back of a length outside off, patted away to the off side, no run. 3/0

1.6 M Bates to S Katich, Fuller this time on the off stump, dabs it down straight to point, consecutive dot balls for Bates. Good over by him with the important wicket of Gibbs. 7/1

1.5 M Bates to S Katich, Good ball on a length, tries to cut it away to the off side, no run available as it goes straight to the cover fielder. 7/1

Simon Katich comes in to bat at 3.

1.4 M Bates to H Gibbs, OUT! Poor shot! Fullish outside off stump, Gibbs tries to lift it over the covers. But the ball bounces a bit and hits a bit high on his bat. That causes a mistimed shot to go straight to mid off where Colin Munro takes a regulation catch. 7/1

1.3 M Bates to H Gibbs, FOUR! On a length just outside off, Gibbs swings at it and hits it over mid-wicket for the first boundary of Scorchers' innings. 7/0

1.2 M Bates to M North, Bowls it just back of a length on middle, North stays tall and clips it down to fine leg to bring Gibbs back on strike. 3/0

1.1 M Bates to H Gibbs, Strays on Gibbs' pads, he tucks it away down to fine leg for a single. They think of a two but it's just not there. 2/0

Joe Mennie from the other end now.

0.6 M Beer to Lou Vincent, Full and driven straight to the cover fielder, no run available. 3/0

0.5 M Beer to Lou Vincent, Tighter on off, defended to the off side. 3/0

0.4 M Beer to Lou Vincent, On the pads, tucked away to the leg side for a couple. 3/0

0.3 M Beer to M Guptill, Full and tossed up, Guptill tries an inside out drive, mid off gets across and makes a diving save, keeps them down to one. 1/0

0.2 M Beer to M Guptill, Back of a length on off, punches it to mid off. 0/0

0.1 M Beer to M Guptill, Full outside off, tries to drive it through the cover but finds the fielder. 0/0

Michael Bates to bowl from the Hennops River end.

0.6 K Mills to M North, Straighter this time on off stump, back of a length, North defends it back onto the pitch. Good start by Mills, just one run off it. 1/0

0.5 K Mills to M North,On a length outside off stump, dabs it down towards second slip, no run again. 1/0

0.4 K Mills to M North, Angling across North on a full length, he comes forward and tries to play it to the covers, is beaten. 1/0

0.3 K Mills to H Gibbs, A bit fuller outside off stump this time, Gibbs leans into it and plays it into the gap on the off side for a single to get off the mark. North to face now. 1/0

0.2 K Mills to H Gibbs, Back of a length, similar line to the previous ball, Gibbs defends it off his back foot back to the bowler. 0/0

0.1 K Mills to H Gibbs, The first ball is on a length on off stump, the ball doesn't rise much, keeps a tad low, Gibbs has to stay down to play at it. 0/0