Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry returned to form with a bang to help Perth Scorchers edge out Hobart Hurricanes by one run and reach the Big Bash League semi-finals for a fifth consecutive season.
Back in the defending champions’ XI after a four-game absence, Carberry showed the Scorchers what they had been missing with a brutal 62 off just 35 deliveries.
The number three hit nine fours and a six, taking 14 off a Dan Christian over before blasting 17 from six Cameron Boyce balls, to help the Scorchers post 173 for five.
England international David Willey boosted that total by hitting two fours and a maximum in a nine-ball 25 not out before taking 1-23 from four overs with the ball.
The Yorkshire all-rounder claimed the early wicket of Ben Dunk and then returned at the death to bowl the 17th over, conceding just four to put the brakes on the Hurricanes.
That left the hosts requiring 44 from just 18 balls and despite the best efforts of big-hitting Darren Sammy, they fell agonisingly short.