Perth Scorchers all-rounder Mitch Marsh yesterday acknowledged the need for a much- improved batting performance in the team's next match away to Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday.
The Scorchers scrapped their way to a remarkable six-run win over Melbourne Renegades at the WACA Ground two days ago, defending a lowly 7-117 by restricting the visitors to 8-111.
It was the lowest ever total defended in a Big Bash League match not affected by rain, breaking the record (136) the Scorchers set two years ago against Melbourne Stars at the MCG.
The win was the Scorchers' first of the tournament, following their first-up defeat to Brisbane Heat at the Gabba last week.
Marsh blasted 57 not out from 35 balls against the Heat, but failed to have an impact with the bat against the Renegades, making just 16 from 27 balls.
Only openers Shaun Marsh (31) and Simon Katich (29) enjoyed solid starts as the Scorchers stuttered to their lowest total batting first since being skittled for 69 by Melbourne Stars a year ago.
Bowling heroics led by Pakistani recruit and man-of-the-match Yasir Arafat (3-15) and Mitch Marsh (2-15) got the Scorchers over the line.
The Scorchers' depleted batting line-up failed to fire in the absence of veteran Adam Voges and West Indies import Dwayne Smith, who pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.
Voges has a shoulder injury that may require surgery and is unlikely to take his place in the side against the Strikers.
Despite the personnel losses, Marsh said it was up to the remaining batsmen to step up.
"I don't think we're going to be defending 117 too often," Marsh said. "Us batters have got to pull our fingers out and make sure we prepare well for next game and put a good total on for the bowlers to defend."
The Scorchers have been slow starters in the BBL, but recovered to make the final in the first two editions of the fledgling Twenty20 tournament.
Marsh said the dogged approach had become the team's trademark and urged his teammates to show more of the same fight against adversity in their bid to reach a third final.
"The way we've fought over the last couple of years especially in must-win games has been great," Marsh said.
"It's great now for Western Australian cricket to be known as fighters and scrappers.
"We're going to keep doing that and hopefully as a batting unit we can perform better next game."
Marsh praised the first-up performance of Arafat, who was plucked from Pakistan's domestic competition as a late replacement for Smith and arrived in Perth just three days before the Renegades match.
"It was a great start," Marsh said. "Obviously he's only just come into the squad. He's fitted in nicely. (Brad) Hoggy is jealous he's not the crowd favourite anymore."