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Callum Ferguson and Oliver Davies lead Sydney Thunder to victory over Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval

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He was a gun veteran leading the way for an exciting youngster at Manuka Oval in the BBL tonight, with Sydney Thunder debutant Oliver Davies playing second fiddle at Callum ferguson as the lime men propelled to a final victory.

Ferguson joined Usman Khawaja at the 1-6 fold in the pursuit of the Perth Scorchers 152 Thunder, and the 36-year-old made the chase easy from the moment he got in the middle.

The seven-wicket triumph means the Thunder have won back-to-back games to move up to fourth on the table, while the Scorchers remain winless after three outings.

Ferguson, who had already hit 54 of 35 in the Thunder’s opener of their BBL campaign against the Melbourne Stars, landed a series of net shots from both sides of the wicket tonight.

A highlight was a shot that exploded for six hours in the middle of the wicket of fast right arm Aaron Hardie’s bowling alley.

Davies took the house’s top spot for Ferguson’s masterclass when Khawaja was sacked for 21-234, but the newcomer would benefit from an impressive stroke of his own, hitting 36 out of 22 deliveries.

The 20-year-old beat Australia international Jason Behrendorff by two sixths in the 11th, before hitting a reverse sweep for four at the bowling alley of world-class footman Fawad Ahmed to close the 12th.

Ferguson and Davies joined forces for a 75-ball partnership, and once Josh Inglis cleared Davies from Ahmed’s bowling alley, all-rounder Ben Cutting helped the skipper finish the race with an unbeaten 29-of-16 blitz. .

Mitch Marsh played in the Scorchers’ innings on his way 52 paces out of 41 balls, while Colin Munro (25), Ashton Turner (23) and Cameron Bancroft (34 not out) all made practical starts.

The Thunder are now set to take on the Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval on Boxing Day, while the Scorchers meet the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval on December 28.


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