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Perth Scorchers thrash Melbourne Renegades to set a Big Bash record

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The Perth Scorchers demolished the Melbourne Renegades by ten wickets in the latest game of the Big Bash League at Melbourne's Docklands stadium.

In the process, they become the first team in the tournament's five-year history to win a match by ten wickets.

The Renegades batted first and scored an imposing total 170 for the loss of only four wickets. Captain Aaron Finch was again, the main star for the home team scoring 72 of 48 balls before being caught in the deep of the bowling of David Willey.

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He was ably assisted by Chris Gayle, who scored 41, including three massive sixes of evergreen spinner Brad Hogg.

While most of the Scorchers bowling attack took some punishment, paceman Jason Behrendorff was an exception, bowling his four overs for just 14 runs and picked up the wickets of Gayle and Cameron White.

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Despite a late cameo by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, the Renegades score seemed a bit light after the Finch/Gayle partnership and so it proved, as Scorchers' openers Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger attacked the target methodically from the first over.

Marsh, who - despite scoring a big hundred in the first test against the West Indies - lost his place to fit-again Usman Khawaja for the Boxing Day test. However, he didn't drop his head and continued his impressive form clearly targeting spinner Nathan Hauritz for special treatment. Meanwhile, Klinger just carried on what he has done all season - score plenty of runs in every format.

Big Bash League - Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers

It remains one of biggest questions in Australian Cricket why the well-travelled cricketer has not earned an international call-up. The form he is displaying would get him a game for every other nation bar none but for whatever reason, the selectors in their wisdom prefer to ignore the 35-year-old.

In the end, the Scorchers won with eight balls to spare with Klinger finishing on 90 n.o and Marsh 76 n.o.

Scorchers sit second with four points after three games while the Renegades remain near the bottom with two points.

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