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The Cricket Australia (CA) National Selection Panel (NSP) has today advised that Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile have been placed on stand-by for the Perth Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test and will be withdrawn from selection in the upcoming round of BUPA Sheffield Shield starting on Sunday.

National Selector John Inverarity said: “We hope the fitness and form of current squad members leads to us having the same 12 for the Perth Test. However, to ensure we are well prepared, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Doug Bollinger have been placed on standby for the Perth Test which is to start on Friday 13 December. Nathan and Doug will not be available to play for Western Australia and New South Wales respectively in the upcoming round of Sheffield Shield fixtures, Sunday to Wednesday, 8 – 11 December. Nathan lives in Perth while Doug will head to Perth early next week to be ready should he be required for selection.”

 

The Mumbai Indians made sure that there are three IPL teams going through to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20, recording a thumping 6 wicket win over the Perth Scorchers in Delhi on Wednesday, to knock the unlucky Otago Volts out of the tournament on net run rate. Mumbai had the advantage of playing a day after the Volts, and as a result knew exactly what they needed to do to qualify for the final four.

The Indians won the toss and opted to put their money on their batsmen chasing down whatever target Perth set them inside 14.2 overs to book their place in the semi-finals. The Scorchers did reasonably well to finish at 149-6 from their 20 overs despite a slow start with Sam Whiteman smashing an unbeaten 51 from 32 balls to post a decent target on the board. Nathan Coulter-Nile once again excelled for Mumbai, taking 3-19 from his 4 overs, while Pragyan Ojha chipped in with 2 wickets too.

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The Rajasthan Royals crushed the Perth Scorchers by 9 wickets in a virtual no contest to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20. The Scorchers' batting came under severe examination from the Royals' bowling attack at Jaipur, and the visitors crawled to 120 from their 20 overs with Kevon Cooper the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-18 from his 4 overs, while James Faulkner and Pravin Tambe chipped in with 2 wickets apiece.

The Royals recovered from the early loss of Rahul Dravid for naught to coast to an easy win with 21 balls to spare on the back of half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (62*) and Sanju Samson (50*) against a pretty decent bowling attack.

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Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis both went for MRI scans after picking up injuries on day one of the second Test against Australia in Adelaide. Philander was withdrawn from the playing XI after waking up with a stiff lower back, and Kallis left the field in the 17th over with a hamstring injury.

Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee commented on the results: “ Vernon's scan reveals nothing more than a lower lumbar muscle strain as initially suspected. He will receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation during the course of the current Test match and we are hopeful he will be fit for the final Test in Perth.

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The Perth Scorchers ended their CLT20 campaign on a high with a 16 run win against the Auckland Aces, owing to an inspired performance by their bowlers. The Aces did well to restrict Perth to just 140 with Michael Bates claiming 4 wickets. However, the Scorchers' bowlers outplayed the Aces' batsmen to restrict them to an even lower total, winning the game comfortably in the end.

The Scorchers won the toss and elected to bat. They rested Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, and Nathan Rimmington to let Paul Collingwood, Tom Beaton and Ryan Duffield have a go in this game. Herschelle Gibbs' disastrous tournament continued with yet another cheap dismissal, falling for 6. Skipper Marcus North led Perth's assault, assisted by Simon Katich, but was run out for 37 whilst attempting a cheeky single.

A couple of overs later, Katich was bowled round his legs for 21, leaving Perth in trouble at 67-3. Kyle Mills was very economical, his first three overs conceding just 6 runs. At this point, Perth were going ridiculously slowly, scoring at just 6 runs per over. Former England skipper Paul Collingwood scored a quick fire 38 of 27 balls and accelerated the scoring rate but was run out in a bizarre manner. He was given useful support by Beaton (22 of 19 balls). The last over saw three wickets fall as the Scorchers ended at 140-7.

The Aces began cautiously at under 6 an over. Lou Vincent was sent back early by Duffield for just 2. Once Martin Guptill settled down, he began playing his strokes, complemented by Azhar Mahmood at the other end. They were cruising at 60-1 but the batsmen decided to go on a suicidal mission after that. Overs 10 - 13 saw four quick dismissals; Guptill - caught behind off Michael Beer, Anaru Kitchen – caught in the deep off Brad Hogg, Mahmood – caught at extra cover by Gibbs, and Colin de Grandhomme – run out attempting an unnecessary run.

The Aces never really got out of the hole they found themselves in, except for a hopeful 16th over. Skipper Gareth Hopkins succumbed to pressure and was yorked by Beer for 9. Colin Munro followed him to the pavilion having made 23. Mills and Bates continued to play out the remaining overs knowing that they were never really close enough to make a case for victory.

Michael Beer was adjudicated Man of the Match for taking three important wickets and conceding just 14 runs in his 4 overs. This loss ended the Aces' semi-final hopes.

That meant that the Delhi Daredevils and the Titans qualify from Group A, with their match later in the day set to determine who would top the group.

Mini Scorecard

Perth Scorchers 140-7 (20 Overs, 7.00 rpo)
P Collingwood 38 (27), M Bates 4-34

Auckland 124-8 (20 Overs, 6.20 rpo)
M Guptill 36 (32), M Beer 3-13

Perth Scorchers win by 16 runs

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Needing a win to keep their semi-final hopes alive, the Perth Scorchers struggled in the early contest between bat and ball, making a paltry 121-5 in 20 overs having been put into bat on a challenging wicket. Shaun Marsh and Simon Katich contributed patchy 30s to lead the Scorchers' cause, while Morne Morkel and Ajit Agarkar shared the 5 wickets to fall between them, with exemplary economy rates to boot. Delhi struggled in their chase, losing wickets at regular intervals to keep the game very much alive as a contest. Virender Sehwag played a cautious hand, contributing 52 to the Delhi cause, but fell at a crucial stage with Delhi still 26 shy of victory. Ajit Agarkar though proved to be the hero with the bat too, striking an unbeaten 11 from 7 balls to take Delhi over the line in the final over with 3 wickets to spare.

Mahela Jayawardene had no hesitation in putting the Scorchers in on another overcast day in Newlands, and the Delhi pace attack made the most of the conditions with Morne Morkel removing Herschelle Gibbs for 6 in just the second over.

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Bo Van Pelt came out on top of an all-American battle with Jason Dufner to win the ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup. Having snatched the lead with a 60 foot putt on the final green at the end of the third round, the 37 year old was never caught on the last day.

A four under par 68 gave Van Pelt a 16 under total and left him two clear of Dufner, with first round leader Alejandro Cañizares of Spain coming through to take third on 11 under.

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