Perth Scorchers' semi-final win over Melbourne Stars was the best T20 match ever, says Dominic Cork
Dominic Cork described Scorchers' narrow semi-final win over Stars as the 'best T20 match ever'.
Last Updated: 16/01/13 1:51pm
Craig White smacked 88 off 53 balls to help the Stars to an impressive 183-2 from 18 overs before the rain came down at the WACA, but Shaun Marsh (68) fired the hosts into contention and they needed just 10 from the final over to reach their adjusted target of 139 from 13 overs.
With Mike Hussey (21 off 12) and Adam Voges (36 off 21) at the crease the advantage seemed to be with the batsmen and, despite the Stars dropping a catch, fluffing a run-out chance and bowling a no ball with the final delivery of the over when the Scorchers still needed three, last year's runners-up just prevailed in front of a Big Bash record crowd of nearly 18,000.
"That is the best T20 match I've ever seen, ever watched or ever been involved in," Cork told Sky Sports.
"It had everything as a player you want to be involved in and to be able to watch it live was fantastic.
"At one stage you thought 'there's no way the Stars can lose this game', then they looked like they were going to lose it, then the no ball...fantastic. It shows what T20 is all about and you could see the elation of very senior players there.
"I've never seen a game that had everything; it had drama, despair, some of the best batting we've seen and some good bowling too. That crowd will be going away thinking 'we can't wait to get back to the WACA on Saturday'."
Ed Joyce was also thrilled by the semi-final contest and said Marsh had shown why he is the best batsman in the tournament.
"That was an absolutely brilliant run chase," said the former England batsman.
"They had just 38 off the first five overs and we thought that was game over, but the sixth over, which was bowled by debutant Alex Keath, was the turning point. That went for 27 and gave Perth the momentum.
"I feel really sorry for young Keath, playing his first game. He came on in a crucial part of the game, tried to bowl his first ball full and straight and it went for six. I'm sure he started to worry then - and his next three went for six, four, four.
"However, there was some superb striking from Shaun Marsh; it was an unbelievable effort from him.
"He's made five fifties in eight games and has definitely been the best batsman of the tournament, consistently winning games for the Scorchers.
"As an opening batsman sometimes you feel you have to go helter-skelter and hit a boundary off every ball but he was happy enough to bide his time, get his eye in and back himself. Then he showed unbelievable power - and he must have a seriously good bat in his hands as well!"
Warne got it wrong
However, Cork was critical of Stars captain Shane Warne for exposing Keath to the high pressure situation, not using England's Luke Wright later in the innings and he couldn't understand why the Australia legend hadn't bowled himself.
"It's hard on Alex Keath, making his debut," said Cork.
"Why didn't Warne bowl? Why didn't he leave Luke Wright until towards the end of the innings? Why didn't he bowl Wright in front of Keath?
"For me he over-complicated it a little bit. He should have bowled himself. Yes, the ball was wet but he's got all the experience in the world and he's Shane Warne, one of the best bowlers ever in world cricket.
"Of all the things we say good of Shane Warne, I think, in the field, he got it wrong."
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