Warner's BBL return ends in big defeat

David Warner's Big Bash League return has failed to stop the Sydney Thunder falling victim to the Showground's bat-first curse, with the hosts suffering a nine-wicket defeat against Perth.

Warner managed 19 off 20 in his first BBL game in nine years as the Thunder were all out for 111, before the first-placed Scorchers chased down the target in 12.5 overs.

With all eyes on Warner, his former Test teammate Cameron Bancroft hit an unbeaten 55 in the chase as he and Stephen Eskinazi put on 77 for the first wicket.

Of the four games played on a two-paced Sydney Showground wicket this summer, no team has hit above 140 batting first.

With dew setting in at night making life easier to bat, only the Adelaide Strikers have defended a total when they bowled the Thunder out for 15 early in the season.

"It was one of those wickets that was a bit up and down," Warner said.

"The curators have to do the best they can, and if that is the best they can than we have to cop it on the chin.

"We have seen low totals here the last couple of games. We were bowled out for 15, 100-odd the last game against the Sixers. It's been difficult."

Warner played second fiddle in his innings, as he farmed the strike in a 67-run partnership with Oliver Davies.

The opener still hooked speedster Lance Morris for one boundary and drove Andrew Tye for another back over the quick's head before he was caught behind off Matthew Kelly.

"It's about making sure I bring energy into the team and making sure I am doing my bit and playing my role. Helping out as much as I can," Warner said.

"I am probably here to educate a bit as well. With my experience and knowledge they can probably learn a bit from me."

Davies was the one Thunder player to look good on the wicket, as he reached his third half-century of the competition with 52 from 36 balls.

He hit Ashton Agar back over his head for two big sixes, and also monstered Tye over long on for another.

But when he and Warner separated, the Thunder lost 8-41 as Tye took three wickets and Morris, Kelly and David Payne two each.

Bancroft's 55 not out came off 40 balls in response as Usman Qadir took the most punishment.

Eskinazi was also explosive in his 40 off 26.

The South African-born Englishman struck five boundaries in his innings, as well as a brilliant ramp shot for six off Brendan Doggett.

"In those chases if you can come out and get runs on the board quickly it really hurts the momentum of the opposition," Bancroft said.

The win moves the Scorchers three points clear of the Sydney Sixers at the top of the BBL ladder with four games to play, while the Thunder are fifth and in the last finals position.