The Sydney Thunder claimed their second victory of the Big Bash League campaign with a convincing seven-wicket triumph over the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday.
The Scorchers were sent in to bat first in Canberra and made a steady start despite a couple of early wickets by Nathan McAndrew and Ben Cutting.
Australian allrounder Mitchell Marsh, though, upped the Scorchers’ run rate with a couple of hefty blows as he battled to a solid half century.
Marsh would finish unbeaten on 52 from 41 deliveries as the Perth outfit reached 152-5 in their 20 overs.
The Thunder were dealt an early blow in their run chase when Alex Hales departed for a consecutive golden duck.
Fellow opener Usman Khawaja could only manage 21 before he was undone by Aaron Hardie but Thunder captain Callum Ferguson steadied the ship with a match winning innings.
Ferguson batted with great composure and patience as he reached a valuable half-century of his own that placed the Thunder in the driving seat.
Oliver Davies made a quick fire 36 from 22 balls before Cutting added a handy 29 off 16 deliveries as the Thunder got over the line with three balls remaining.
Ferguson finished the match unbeaten on a well-played 61 from 53 deliveries as the Thunder move up to fourth on the BBL log, while the Scorchers remain winless.