Scorchers go top, Thunder suffer fourth loss

Perth Scorchers 4 for 177 (Bell 45, Marsh 44*) beat Sydney Thunder 8 for 127 (Cummins 39, Willey 2-21) by 50 runs
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Ian Bell top scored with 45 as Perth Scorchers put up 177 on the board © Getty Images

Perth Scorchers moved to the top of the Big Bash League table with an emphatic win over Sydney Thunder at the WACA.

This was the Scorchers well-worn blueprint down to a tee: bat first – they were invited to do so by Thunder – let the top order accumulate – Michael Klinger and Ian Bell this time – before the allrounders bash them to an intimidating total – Mitchell Marsh took care of that part – then the bowlers squeeze out a comfortable win – Andrew Tye and David Willey were front and centre in that regard. The outcome was a 50-run victory, which left champions Thunder rooted to the bottom of the table with four defeats from four games. Another against the Stars on Wednesday would end their title defence.

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Will Macpherson writes on cricket for the Guardian, ESPNcricinfo and All Out Cricket. @willis_macp

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