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Cricket news - Ferguson's 48-ball ton keeps Scorchers at bottom

Ferguson's unbeaten 113 helped Thunder chase down a target of 182.

Veteran batsman Callum Ferguson has launched a stunning attack on Thursday (January 24) to stun Perth sensations and keep them rooted to the bottom spot in the standings. Ferguson only his second century and, undeniably, logged his best knock in the format, as he hit eight sixes and eight fours, after all, only 48 balls to reach the three-digit score.

The defence 181, sensations, made a confident start and had renewed their hopes to get rid of Shane Watson, who fought in the night only 8 out of 14 deliveries. But Ferguson was in motion, from the beginning, collecting two fours from his first four balls. In the final over of the powerplay, he met the first of his eight sixes from time in exquisite fashion from Jason Behrendorff straight down the ground.

With Ferguson always a good start, Matthew Gilkes grew in confidence, as well as at the other end, scratching with a couple of boundaries to improve run-rate. The duo also took on Usman Qadir in his first of the game and ensure that he settle down. In his second over, Qadir was smashed for three sixes by a flowing Ferguson, also brought up his fifty in the process, from 24 balls.

At the halfway mark, the Thunder were on the way to achieving the goal as the sensations continue to leak boundaries. Gilkes not finally succumbed to a Andrew Tye slower delivery, but most impressive with a fifty on debut. The 120-run partnership, hurt, had, sensations, and although Anton Devcich and Daniel Sams failed to make an impact, Thunder had Ferguson on the other end took over the pursuit at this point in his team's 31 from 18. It was a one-man-show, as the 34-year-old knocked off the runs all by itself in the end makes Chris Green a silent spectator.

Earlier in the evening, the sensations might have thought they had enough on the board when Shaun Marsh cracked a 96 unbeaten, while batting through the innings. Marsh for the first time, 58 for the second wicket with his brother Mitchell Marsh, before the heat in the last five rounds of the innings. In spite of get of 16, the first of three balls of the last over, took his score to 95, marsh reached the three-image of the brand, the finishing of the four short of the landmark of the city. In the end, it would be nothing all the limelight have made anyway with Ferguson hogging.

Brief scores: Perth sensations 181/4 in 20 overs (Shaun Marsh 96*, Mitchell Marsh 31; Chris Green 2-35) lost to Sydney Thunder 182/4 in 19.2 overs (Callum Ferguson, 113*, Matthew Gilkes 51; Matthew Kelly 1-25) by six wickets.

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