Jason Roy’s brilliant and flying capture was the highlight as the Perth Scorchers accelerated their BBL campaign with a landslide 96-point victory over the Melbourne Renegades.
Roy, the England international, managed to knock out Renegades’ dangerman Shaun Marsh for 14 – a fatal blow to their 3-185 chase at Optus Stadium.
“What a catch, we’ve seen a little bit of shine on the pitch in BBL before and that just got matched,” Adam Gilchrist said on Fox Cricket.
“What a great catch, lit Perth Stadium.”
Mike Hussey compared it to the spectacular catch of a young Renegades this week.
“Could it be better than Mackenzie Harvey’s just a few days ago?”
“It’s quite similar to Harvey,” Hussey said.
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Andrew Symonds, one of the best outfielders in the world during his career, broke Roy’s effort back.
“The speed at the start, the angle, the terrain in that area, it can be difficult at times to pick up,” Symonds said.
“But Jason Roy there, a magnificent effort far from his artificial, right-handed side.
“This is the end of dangerous Shaun Marsh.
“He did his jump well, his head almost level with the ball.”
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The Fox Cricket team then passed Roy’s compatriot Liam Livingstone, who joked that Roy had “put some mayonnaise” on his dive.
“Everyone was laughing because we’re marking our roster and he’s two out of two, he’s won both games right now so everyone is trying to beat him,” Livingstone said.
“But he’s in a good position and our field coach, I think, has a soft spot for Jase.
“But to be honest, he’s working really hard at it.
“He’s one of the best in the world at that, he plays there for England and does a great job.”
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After Roy and Livingstone left for 20s, Josh Inglis and Colin Munro combined for a decisive and winning partnership of 117 games.
Top Inglis scored with 72 paces on 41 balls while Kiwi import Colin Munro managed 52 to 31.
Perth have now won back-to-back games after dropping their top three to move up the BBL table.
But the Renegades stayed cold after their collapse to be 96 all.
Jack Prestwidge scored with 33 for the Renegades, who were embarrassingly eliminated in the 13th.
“They were disappointing,” said Michael Hussey.
“I have to admit that when I got into the tournament I had them as big improvers because (Captain Aaron) Finch was going to be available all season, like with Kane Richardson.
“They had a few foreign players, they got Josh Lalor from the Brisbane Heat, who is also a good operator, I thought Shaun Marsh would be better again after a second year at the Renegades.
“They were disappointing again.”
Symonds was even stronger.
“Their stick was a disaster,” he said.