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Scorchers go top of BBL but lose Voges

AAP logoAAP 1/01/2017 Chris Pike

The Perth Scorchers returned to the top of the BBL with a 50-run win over the Sydney Thunder with the only downside a hamstring injury to Adam Voges.

The Scorchers dominated, scoring 4-177 made up of 45 (38) from Ian Bell, 44 (27) not out from Mitch Marsh, 38 (32) from Michael Klinger and 20 (11) from Ashton Turner.

It set a tall order for the Thunder who were never in the hunt collapsing to 6-50 before making 8-127.

It was a strong all-round performance by the now top of the table Scorchers but the downside was a left hamstring injury to captain Voges.

It happened when he attempted to sweep Chris Green and he was forced to retire hurt on three.

It continues a horror summer for the 37-year-old who lost his place in the Australian Test team after playing in the two recent home defeats against South Africa.

He suffered a nasty blow the head while batting in a Sheffield Shield game for Western Australia and hasn't been recalled since.

The hamstring injury is the latest blow but Scorchers seamer Andrew Tye believes it won't keep his captain down for long.

"It was a bit of a weird one with him sliding that far," Tye said.

"Maybe he needs to put some spikes in the back of his shoe, but seriously he will get assessed and hopefully he's not out for too long.

"It is tough for him but he is one of the toughest blokes I know and he's played with a lot of injuries that a lot of people have no idea about. I'm sure he will do everything he can to be back out here next Thursday."

It is the only concern for the Scorchers though.

The bowlers ripped the Thunder apart on a WACA pitch with plenty of pace and bounce, which David Willey (2-21), Mitchell Johnson (1-30) and Jhye Richardson (1-18) took full advantage.

Then there is the variety with slower balls provided by Tye who took 1-16 in four overs and at times mesmerised the visiting batsmen.

"We complement each other pretty well and it works for us. We find a way where we know what each other is doing and we stick to our plans," Tye said.

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