Joe Clarke’s Perth Scorchers beginning to fire down under

Oswestry’s Joe Clarke has seen an improvement in results for his Perth Scorchers side in Australia’s Big Bash League after a poor start to the competition.

The 24-year-old, who is playing in the franchise format down under for the first time, posted 10 on his debut in a seven wicket defeat to Melbourne Renegades before Christmas.

In the Scorchers second outing the former Oswestry CC batsman scored 34 but the match with Melbourne Stars was hit by rain.

Clarke was then on the end of a disappointing run out from former England one day batsman Alex Hales against Sydney Thunder.

Another defeat followed to Adelaide Strikers, a game in which the Nottinghamshire man sat out.

He has then been left out of the last three games, where his team mate’s fortunes have turned.

A seven wicket win came against Adelaide Strikers coincided with England’s Jason Roy hitting form.

He hit 49 and Australia’s Mitch Marsh posted 38 not out to see Perth to victory.

Then Josh Ingles, 72, and Colin Munro, 52, top scored in a 96 run victory over Melbourne Renegades.

Then this morning their good firm continued with an 86 run win over Sydney Sixers.

Clarke sat out those games but will be hoping he can battle his way back into the in form side.

The side sit sixth in the Big Bash table, but will be hoping to climb up the standings with a handful of games left.

And the first taste of franchise cricket will set the youngster in good stead for the re-arranged ‘Hundred’, which takes place later this year with Clarke lining up for Manchester Originals.

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