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We were below par in the field: Beer

Scorchers’ spinner also lauds Neil Broom for his game-clinching innings

The Perth Scorchers were swept away by the whirlwind batting of Neil Broom (117 off 56 balls) and Ryan ten Doeschate (66 off 26 balls). The duo helped the Otago Volts pile on 242 runs after being asked to take first strike. While the Scorchers got a couple of early breakthroughs, they were not able to press home the advantage as Broom and Derek de Boorder built a solid platform on which the former and ten Doeschate launched an assault that effectively took the game away from the opposition.

Though he did not get a wicket, senior left-arm spinner Michael Beer was the most economical of the Scorchers’ bowlers, conceding 32 off his four overs. While Speaking to clt20.com after the loss, the senior member of the team lauded Broom’s knock and said that his side will learn from this match going ahead in the tournament. 

Excerpts from his interview:

What is your take on Broom’s knock?

One of the best innings in Twenty20 cricket that I have seen.

What was the discussion at half-time while staring at such at mammoth target?

We had to believe that we could do it. So we just went out and backed ourselves and had a crack but it didn’t come off. We let them get away with too much in the field and we didn’t execute with the ball. Taking no credit away from Broom, he batted very well, one of the better T20 innings that I have ever seen.

After losing the three wickets up front, what was the advice given to the rest of the line-up, especially the youngsters?

Just going out there and giving it our best crack. I think we saw that. Hilton Cartwright showed a bit of batting ability tonight, which is good for us. Ashton Turner went out there and whacked a few balls. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a real big partnership like they had.

Ryan ten Doeschate was dropped at three; how much did that hurt?

Obviously dropping that catch did hurt us; but we live and learn. We will learn from our mistakes. It did set us back and in the future let’s hope that we catch it.

What do you make of this wicket and how would you be preparing?

It was very good for batsmen. If it is the same again, hopefully we will learn and bowl a bit better. 

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