Big Bash League: Perth Scorchers clinch top spot after Sydney Sixers suffer shock loss to Adelaide Strikers
Perth Scorchers have clinched the minor premiership before a ball was bowled against Brisbane Heat at Marvel Stadium on Monday night.
With two-time reigning Big Bash champions Sydney Sixers sustained a shock eight-wicket loss to Adelaide in the early game, the Scorchers have a seven-point buffer ahead of them and Sydney Thunder.
It means they are set to hosts one of the Sydney teams, who are both on 31 points in second and third respectively, at their adopted home of Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
The winner of that match will go straight through to the final the following Friday at their chosen home, while the loser will get a second chance on Wednesday.
The Scorchers are aiming for their 11th win of the tournament against the Heat in the late clash, a remarkable feat considering all bar one of their matches have been played interstate due to WA’s strict border restrictions.
In more good news, Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis (Ashes duties), Colin Munro (COVID) and Ashton Agar (shoulder) have been picked to return for their final regular-season match.
English import Laurie Evans has been ruled out with a broken toe.
The Scorchers are aiming for a record fourth BBL title.
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