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Scorchers hold off Renegades

Perth Scorchers held off the Melbourne Renegades by six runs to post their first win of this season's Big Bash League.

In a low scoring game - in which not one six was hit - the home side notched 117-7 off their 20 overs, but the visitors could only muster 111-8 in reply to make it two losses from two games so far.

Perth started their innings well at the WACA, with skipper Simon Katich and Shaun Marsh putting on 48 for the first wicket.

But after Katich fell for 29 in the seventh over, the hosts struggled, losing seven wickets for 69 runs, with Marsh top-scoring with 31.

Veteran Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan proved the most economical bowler, with figures of 1-13 from his four overs, while Nathan Rimmington and Andrew Fekete took two wickets apiece.

In reply, Melbourne also got off to a good start before they lost skipper Aaron Finch for 15 in the fifth over with the score on 38.

His wicket sparked a collapse for the Renegades, who lost a further three wickets for 20 runs, including England's Josh Buttler for a three-ball duck.

Yasir Arafat, the Pakistan all-rounder, took 3-15 off his four overs, including a maiden, as the visitors failed to keep up with the required run rate.

They needed to score the first six of the game from the last ball off Alfonso Thomas to earn a tie but Fekete, who had the strike, could not make contact as the hosts held to win.