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Scorchers storm to T20 glory

The Perth Scorchers cruised to a 39-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes to land the Big Bash title at the third time of asking.

The Western Australia outfit had finished as runner-up in the first two editions of the tournament, but ended their losing sequence with a dominant performance on home soil at the WACA.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Scorchers posted an imposing 191-4 from their 20 overs, Shaun Marsh top-scoring with an unbeaten 63, which proved well out of the reach of their opponents who eventually closed on 152-7.

Hurricanes skipper George Bailey had threatened to make a contest of the run-chase, but when he departed for 58 the game was all but up for Hobart.

The Hurricanes had started well with the ball and, having removed Perth skipper Simon Katich for just six, had restricted the hosts to 15-1 by the end of the fourth over.

But opener Craig Simmons then began to cut loose with sixes off Dimitri Mascarenhas and Doug Bollinger in successive overs, although the left-hander was dropped by Xavier Doherty.

Simmons fell for 45 from 36 balls when he top-edged down to third man off the bowling of Evan Gulbis to leave Perth 77-2 in the 11th over, but they hit the accelerator from that point as first Adam Voges (27) and then Mitchell Marsh (37) offered good support to Shaun Marsh.

The latter was particularly destructive as he blasted his runs from just 12 deliveries with two fours and four maximums before being bowled by Doherty as his side pushed up towards 200.

Wicketkeeper Ben Dunk ensured Hobart made a positive start to their reply with a six from the first over by Nathan Coulter-Nile, but opening partner Tim Paine struggled for fluency and perished for a scratchy seven from 10 balls after being bowled by Jason Behrendorff.

The same bowler accounted for Dunk (17), before veteran leg-spinner Brad Hogg came on to produce a superb four-over spell that took the game away from the visitors.

Hogg (2-17) picked up the wickets of Jonathan Wells (24) and Travis Burt (two) to leave the Hurricanes staring down the barrel at 91-4 in the 13th over with Bailey their only realistic hope.

The Australia T20 captain did his best with a quickfire half-century, but when he miscued a slower ball from Pat Cummins to Alfonso Thomas at long on, the fat lady began clearing her throat.

Ben Hilfenhaus and Mascarenhas tried in vain to clear the rope, the latter doing so once, but they never looked like rescuing the situation as Perth eased to a one-sided triumph.