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Rain puts damper on Roach’s debut

BRISBANE – West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach’s debut for the Brisbane Heat today ended in defeat as his side went down to the Perth Scorchers by nine wickets under the Duckworth Lewis System in the Big Bash League at the Gabba.

Rain initially threatened the entire game but instead it was ignited through an incredible display of power hitting as Nathan Coulter-Nile and Shaun Marsh took 29 from the last six balls of the match to chase down the Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 51 inside five overs.

Earlier, the Heat, having been sent in to bat, were moving towards a healthy total at 4 for 109 with 41 balls remaining in their innings when persistent rain intervened and ended their innings prematurely. The rain stopped just in time to allow a five-over run chase.

The Heat seemed to have it in control after three overs. James Hopes had removed the dangerous Herschelle Gibbs and the Scorchers needed 28 from 10 balls.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, who earlier seemed a villain for Perth with the ball, conceding 39 from his three overs, was promoted to No. 3 and it proved a master-stroke from former Australian opener Simon Katich.

The powerful right-hand batsman thrashed the Heat attack and scored 23 from just six balls faced to speed the Scorchers to victory. Roach had one economical over that yielded just 5 runs. (Cricinfo)††

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