Bancroft lasts just three balls in return as Hobart skittle Scorchers
The Hobart Hurricanes ripped though the Perth Scorchers' top order – including the returning Cameron Bancroft – to set up a six-wicket Big Bash League win in Launceston on Sunday night.
Hobart restricted the Scorchers to paltry 8-107 from their 20 overs at UTAS Stadium in Launceston after sending the visitors in to bat.
Batting at No.5, Bancroft was out for two off three balls in his top-flight cricket comeback following a nine-month ban for his role in the Australia ball- tampering scandal.
He had found himself in the middle earlier than expected, with the Scorchers crumbling to 3-16 in the fourth over against Hobart Hurricanes.
Facing fiery quick Riley Meredith, Bancroft tucked ball No.1 off his pads for two.
Meredith replied with a bouncer, ruled a wide.
Bancroft blocked the next delivery, but on legal ball number three prodded outside off stump and edged behind to Matthew Wade as the Scorchers fell to 4-16.
"That return we were all waiting for has come to an abrupt end," former Test skipper Ricky Ponting said in commentary on Fox Sports.
Former England spinner Phil Tufnell couldn't resist taking a crack an Bancroft, who played eight Tests for Australia before suspension, in commentary.
"I just hope his mother sewed his pockets up," Tufnell joked.
Bancroft also said he used his time away from the game to immerse himself in yoga, dabble in Spanish and learn more about himself.
Despite copping criticism for a Boxing Day interview where he revealed David Warner was the player who told him to use sandpaper on the ball in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, Bancroft received warm applause as he walked off the ground.
Hobart reached 4-110 with 15 balls to spare, with inform duo D'Arcy Short (34) and Matthew Wade (24) putting on a half-century opening stand.
Promoted to No.3, Alex Doolan was unbeaten on 41.
Hobart, finalists in last year's BBL, are undefeated at the top of the ladder after four matches.
Perth got off to the worst possible start when James Faulkner (2-21) trapped William Bosisto for a duck with the first ball of the match.
Meredith, the pick of the Hurricanes' bowlers, had Ashton Turner (four) chopping on with a 148km/h rocket in the same over he got rid of Bancroft.
Hilton Cartwright (29) shared a 46-run fifth-wicket stand with Ashton Agar (32) to breath some life into the innings but both fell to the spin of Short, holing out on a long hop and full toss respectively.
Nathan Coulter-Nile smacked 20 from 14 balls at the back-end of the innings but the total was never going to be enough.
Scorchers' spinner Ashton Agar bowled with flight in the search for wickets and finished with 2-19 from four overs including the wicket of Short.