A HALF-CENTURY from Barrow’s Liam Livingstone inspired Perth Scorchers to a six-wicket win against Melbourne Renegades in what was just their third win of the Big Bash League season.

Livingstone smashed 59 off 39 balls from opener as the Scorchers chased down the Renegades’ 175-5 with one over to spare and revitalise their play-off hopes, after losing four of their previous six matches.

After putting the Renegades in to bat, the Scorchers made early inroads as Jhye Richardson dismissed openers Aaron Finch (for a golden duck) and Marcus Harris (14).

Livingstone then took the first of his two catches by pouching Shaun Marsh (2) at deep midwicket, off the bowling of Marsh's brother Mitchell, while he also caught Dan Christian (19) at sweeper towards the end of the hosts' innings.

Richardson finished with figures of 3-22, but wicketkeeper Sam Harper hammered 73 off 46 balls and Beau Webster added 59 off 40 deliveries to help the Renegades to what looked a competitive total, as they looked for their first win of the campaign.

The Scorchers' opening pair of Josh Inglis and Livingstone took the game away from them, however, with a first-wicket stand of 101 and it was the Barrovian who led the charge.

Livingstone, who was named man of the match, struck three fours and four sixes as he went on the attack, with one of his maximums landing on the roof of Kardinia Park in Geelong.

He holed out when he drove his Lancashire clubmate Richard Gleeson (3-35) to Finch at extra cover, but Inglis' 51 off 33 balls kept Perth ahead of the required run-rate.

The visitors eventually sealed victory when Cameron Bancroft (24*) drove Glesson through the covers for four off the final ball of the 19th over.