The Perth Scorchers pulled off a remarkable run chase to secure a place in the Big Bash League final, trumping pre-tournament favourites Melbourne Stars in a rain-affected semifinal at the WACA Ground last night.
Retired Test batsman Mike Hussey and Adam Voges proved the heroes, hitting the required 10 runs off the last over to steer the Scorchers into a second successive final.
Cameron White (88) and Brad Hodge (70 not out) blasted the Stars to 2-183 from 18 overs after being sent into bat by the Scorchers, who were eventually set a revised victory target of 139 from 13 overs when the rain cleared.
The home side suffered an early blow when South African import Herschelle Gibbs retired due to a hamstring injury and saw big-hitting Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed first ball soon after.
But in-form batsman Shaun Marsh smashed 68 from 40 balls, including 31 in a blistering seven-ball spell, to get the Scorchers back into the game.
He eventually holed out to Hodge at long-off, but Voges (36 not out) and Hussey (21 not out) guided the home side to a memorable win.
Hussey was dropped in the final over and should have been run out before a no-ball from James Faulkner on the second-last ball of the game gave the Scorchers the upper hand.
Hussey, needing one to win, hit a boundary to take the Scorchers to 2-142 and secure the win.The result confirmed a home final for the Scorchers against Brisbane Heat at the WACA Ground on Saturday and a place in the lucrative Twenty20 Champions League.