Discarded Australian Test batsman Shaun Marsh and the Big Bash's leading run-scorer, Michael Klinger, produced a batting masterclass to ease Perth Scorchers to the first 10-wicket win in the competition's history, against Melbourne Renegades.
Scorchers chased down Renegades' competitive 170-4 at Etihad Stadium, with Man of the Match Klinger hitting 90 not out from 58 balls and Marsh ending on 76 as the visitors coasted home with eight balls to spare.
Renegades' box-office opening pair of Aaron Finch and Chris Gayle got off to an excellent start after the hosts were put into bat, Finch blasting a typically aggressive 72 from 48 balls with Gayle contributing 41 from 35.
However, Gayle's dismissal - possibly with the commentators' challenge of hitting a 100-plus metre six on his mind having already struck a couple over 90 - top edged the excellent Jason Behrendorff into the hands of wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft.
Cameron White went next ball to a stunning return catch from Behrendorff (2-14) and the innings slowed, Renegades scoring just 72 runs in the remaining 51 balls as Andrew Tye (1-25) and David Willey (1-34) kept the run-rate down.
Matthew Wade tried his best to keep things going with 35 off 25 balls but Renegades' total could have been considerably more given the start they were given by the powerful top four.
Scorchers' opening pair, though, looked like they could chase down anything - Klinger and Marsh took no risks but played with panache to keep their side within touching distance of the required rate.
Marsh hit three fours and three sixes in his 54-ball knock - reaching his 10th BBL half-century in just 22 innings - to send a timely reminder to the Australian selectors of his quality, while Klinger, who has never represented his country, was outstanding in blasting seven fours and three maximums.
Renegades had no answer to the Scorchers pairing, who set a Twenty20 world record in scoring 171 without loss - the most runs scored to win by 10 wickets in a game, passing Barisal Burners 167-0 in beating Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League in February 2012.
"I thought 170 was a pretty good score," said Scorchers skipper Klinger. "The wicket didn't slow up as much as I thought it would."
And asked about his own international ambitions, Klinger added: "I'll just keep doing what I am doing and hopefully it will fall for me one day."
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