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The guys are shattered: Beer

Perth Scorchers spinner rues close loss to DD that has ousted them from CLT20

After a bright start to their CLT20 2012 campaign, by defeating the Mumbai Indians in a practice game, the Perth Scorchers lost steam. They lost their first match of the main draw, against the Titans by 39 runs before sharing points with the Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-marred game.

Now, a three-wicket defeat to Delhi Daredevils has dashed their hopes of securing a place in the semi-finals. The dejected faces in the Scorchers’ camp told the story of the match. After being restricted to 121 for 5 to a fine bowling performance by the Daredevils pacers, they put up a mighty fight with the ball. DD crawled their way to the target with three balls and three wickets to spare.

“In bowling and fielding we did great job. We probably gave it a bit away half way through the innings,” Scorchers’ left-arm spinner Michael Beer, who returned figures of 2 for 18 in four overs, said.

Going by the pattern in the tournament so far, where the teams from South Africa and the Sydney Sixers from Australia have done well, the Scorchers were expected to perform much better than what they came up with. But while Beer admitted his team wasn’t up to the mark, he refused to believe that the conditions have played a major role in the results so far. “Players play all around the world and the conditions don’t suit any team better than the others. I’m not sure if the conditions helped us too much.”

Beer also couldn’t put his finger on what went awry for the Scorchers in the tournament. “The boys are pretty shattered. We trained hard and worked hard on our game. We have one more game, against Auckland Aces and we’ll play for pride there,” Beer said.

I don’t know what went wrong. We don’t know where we fell short but we’ll figure it out and improve on our performance now,” a seemingly disappointed Beer said.

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