Big Bash: Cameron Bancroft hits half century as Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Stars in Australian T20 competition

Cameron Bancroft in action for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash
Cameron Bancroft in action for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash

Cameron Bancroft hit his first 50 since coming back from his nine-month ball tampering ban to help the Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Stars by six wickets in the Big Bash.

The Scorchers opener, who received a ninth-month suspension for ball tampering while playing for Australia, made 59 off 42 balls before he was stumped by Seb Gotch off the bowling of Liam Bowe.

Bancroft was caught using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball against South Africa in Cape Town in March.

The 26-year-old returned to action 10 days ago and was playing his fourth match as he attempts to resurrect his career.

His haul in the night match at Melbourne Cricket Ground included four fours and two maximums as the Scorchers successfully chased the Stars' score of 146 for six with 14 balls to spare.

All-rounder David Willey also contributed to the away team's victory by claiming the crucial wicket of Stars top scorer Ben Dunk, who was caught by Ashton Agar for 62.

Willey's fellow England international Liam Plunkett later caught and bowled Bancroft's opening partner Michael Klinger for 29 but he finished on the losing side having taken one for 35 from 3.4 overs.


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