Scorchers book ticket to BBL final grudge match
The Perth Scorchers have booked their ticket to yet another BBL final, but are still none the wiser as to whether star import Jason Roy will be fit to take part in the decider.Roy's stand-in, former Australian Test batsman Cameron Bancroft, combined with Liam Livingstone to brilliant effect at the top of the order as […]

The Perth Scorchers have booked their ticket to yet another BBL final, but are still none the wiser as to whether star import Jason Roy will be fit to take part in the decider.Roy's stand-in, former Australian Test batsman Cameron Bancroft, combined with Liam Livingstone to brilliant effect at the top of the order as the Scorchers piled on a mammoth score of 1-189 off 18.1 overs before rain intervened in their BBL qualifier.Set 200 to win, the Brisbane Heat did not recover from the early loss of skipper Chris Lynn, finishing on 9-150 off their 18 overs, 49 runs adrift of the required target.While Bancroft filled in ably for Roy with a composed unbeaten 58 off 42, he is likely to make way for Roy, should the Englishman be ruled fit for the final.Following the contest, Scorchers all-rounder Mitch Marsh was unable to give a definitive answer on Roy's availability for Saturday's decider against the Sydney Sixers.Cameron Bancroft proved to be an able replacement for Jason Roy with an unbeaten 58 against Brisbane (Getty)"I'm not sure," Marsh told Fox Cricket when asked whether Roy could be fit for the final."We've got 'Magic' Jones as a physio, I've already labelled him as 'Magic' Jones, so you never know. "If he doesn't (play in the final), we've got full confidence in Bancroft to do a great job for us."Bancroft put on a mammoth 114-run partnership with Livingstone, who plundered the Heat attack all over the ground in his 39-ball innings of 77, before the promoted Marsh smashed a quick-fire unbeaten 49 off just 28 deliveries. The Scorchers' opening pair's assault was so violent that the Heat substituted their best bowler in the entire competition, Mark Steketee, after just 10 overs for X-Factor Morne Morkel.Jason Roy's health will be a major talking point in the lead-up to Saturday's BBL final against the Sixers (Getty)The decision left the paceman scratching his head, and his mood would not have improved seeing his replacement register less than flattering figures of 0-45 off four overs.Perth's win sets up a grudge match of sorts with the Sydney Sixers, who dismantled them in the qualifier five nights ago.There have been rumours of some bad blood between the two squads, but Marsh urged his side to play the ball in the final, rather than the man."We've got a great rivalry with the Sixers, yes," he admitted."I think it will be really important for us to play on skill and not emotion. You could see that I played on emotion last game and it didn't work out too well for me."Saturday's meeting will be the fourth BBL final between the Scorchers and Sixers, with the Scorchers winning the last two finals, including the most recent in the 2016-17 season.For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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