Perth Scorchers lead BBL after taking the wind out of the Hobart Hurricanes

Perth overcame a nervous start in which they lost openers Stephen Eskinazi and Cameron Bancroft within the first two overs.

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Eskinazi holed in mid-Riley Meredith’s bowling for a second-ball duck before Bancroft was caught by left-arm spinner Paddy Dooley, with the Hurricanes correctly checking the initial non-out decision.

Hardie won a riveting fight with Dooley, who injured his groin and was unable to take the field after completing his overs.

Test contender Morris (2-21) led the way with the ball for Perth, dismissing danger men Caleb Jewell – who had hit three 50s in his last five innings – and skipper Matthew Wade cheaply in his opening spell.

Wade went for a third-ball duck, which was brilliantly caught by a diving Inglis after mistaking an attempted ramp shot.

According to Fox Cricket broadcaster, Perth are the best-performing field side this season and the hosts again saved almost all their chances.

The Scorchers' Josh Inglis celebrates his half-century during a 127-run stand with Aaron Hardie.

The Scorchers’ Josh Inglis celebrates his half-century during a 127-run stand with Aaron Hardie.Credit:Paul Kane/Getty Images

Nick Hobson almost pulled off a one-handed screamer on the square leg to sack Zak Crawley but could only get his fingertips to the ball.

Crawley built a promising 31-run streak with Tim David before they fell on back-to-back deliveries from Ashton Agar and Jason Behrendorff.

Down to 5-66 halfway through their innings, the Hurricanes saved their power boost for late in the innings and tailenders Tom Andrews (27) and Nathan Ellis (24) delivered some powerful punches to improve their totals.

Perth reaped the benefits of a four-man tempo attack after calling back Morris and Kelly to join Behrendorff, Andrew Tye (2-30) and Offspinner Agar.

Fifth-placed Hobart have three games left to secure a place in the final.

“It’s still a very tight ladder,” said coach Jeff Vaughan.

“If we play good cricket and get to the final, we really believe we can play a part.”

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