Carberry inspires Scorchers to ‘amazing’ victory

Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall
Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Michael Carberry kept his cool in the heat of battle to help fire Perth Scorchers to Big Bash glory.

The final against Sydney Sixes came down to a thrilling climax.

With Carberry at the crease, the Scorchers needed eight runs off the final over – the last of Australian bowler Brett Lee’s professional career – to reach the winning target of 148.

The Hampshire batsman hit the first ball over fine leg for four and got three runs off the next two balls.

Lee roared back as he clean bowled Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Sam Whiteman was then dispatched in the same manner off the next ball.

That meant the pressure was firmly on new batsman Yasir Arafat, who managed to get his bat on the final ball of the match.

He should have been run out but Sydney skipper Moises Henriques fumbled the throw, allowing Hampshire’s new signing to scramble home.

Carberry, who finished unbeaten on nine, was delighted to deny Brett Lee a dramatic final chapter.

He said: ‘This game never ceases to amaze me.

‘What a finish. Binga (Brett Lee) was right on the money at the end there.

‘It could have gone either way but I’m glad we got over the line.

Carberry’s ramp shot off Lee’s opening delivery in the final over was key.

‘He was getting his yorkers in pretty good,’ added the Hampshire ace.

‘They are quite long straight boundaries, so to hit him back over his head was going to be tough.

‘So I figured with fine leg up it was the only way to go.

‘Luckily I got it out of the middle of the bat.’

With Lee then striking twice, suddenly the match was in the balance.

But Arafat managed to do just enough from the final ball.

Carberry said: ‘I just told Yas to get something on it and run.

‘It was pretty straightforward at that stage.

‘We had to run.

‘Yas obviously got bat on it, which was lovely.

‘There was a slight misfield, although I couldn’t see properly.

‘But we were just absolutely delighted to get over the line.’