Scorchers comfortably take care of Stars

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Top-order runs proved the difference as the Perth Scorchers took down the Melbourne Stars in Thursday afternoon's Big Bash clash in Geelong.

In a GMHBA Stadium-record BBL total, the Scorchers made 3-196 batting first and held the Stars to 9-149.

Beau Webster did his best for Melbourne, carving seven fours and two sixes in an impressive 63.

The runs flowed instantly for Perth with opener Nick Hobson, playing his first BBL game since 2019, looking classy with 46 off 36 balls including six fours.

But the real fireworks came from Laurie Evans and Ashton Turner. Evans clubbed 69 off 46 balls and helped himself to five huge sixes, before captain Turner sped to an unbeaten 47 off just 26 balls.

"We're playing some good cricket at the minute, it's a great team to be a part of ... it makes my job as an overseas (player) a lot easier when you've got such amazing players around you," man of the match Evans told Fox Cricket after helping his side to an exceptional 10-2 record.

"You don't really feel like you have to do too much. So it's nice to get going today, we're playing good cricket going into the best part of the tournament."

Remarkably, the wrong batter took strike following the 10-over drinks break and it paid accidental dividends for the Scorchers, with Evans hitting two sixes in an over that went for 18 runs.

It provided a huge lift for Perth, who took 117 off the second 10 overs.

Disaster struck almost immediately in Melbourne's chase as Matthew Kelly knocked over Nick Larkin with his first ball, but Webster and Joe Burns steadied things up and were 1-57 after seven.

As they looked to even the contest, Kelly drew a top-edge from Burns and dismissed him caught and bowled for 20.

Plenty fell to returning star Glenn Maxwell but he sliced one from legspinner Peter Hatzoglou and went for five, Melbourne 3-69 at halfway.

Webster brought up his 50 in 38 balls but the required run-rate crept up above 14 runs an over, and he holed out deep on the off side for 63 with his wicket signalling the end of the Stars' resistance.

The red-hot Joe Clarke, who came in off the back of four straight 50s, batted down the order citing fatigue but only made 17.

Kelly finished with the impressive figures of 4-25.

Evans said two unsung heroes - Hobson and Kelly - deserved praise for their brilliant performances.

"(Hobson) is working incredibly hard in the nets to try and get a game and be ready at any point ... to be honest, he's probably hit the ball better than anyone in the squad in the nets," he said.

"Every game so far in the tournament, (Kelly has) been in and out of the side, and he turns up and he's almost our best bowler."

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