Cricket: Australian bowler Matthew Kelly left bloodied and concussed after freak accident in Big Bash League

Perth Scorchers bowler Matthew Kelly was left bloodied and forced from the field with a concussion after a freak accident in his side's Big Bash League victory against Melbourne Renegades on Sunday.

After bowling a delivery that Will Sutherland clipped into the leg side for two, Kelly was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the ball was thrown back to the bowler's end.

Instead of a regulation gather, the ball deflected off the bat of non-striker Aaron Finch, straight into Kelly's face. 

The 28-year-old was taken from the field to be treated for a cut on his jaw, and replaced on-field as a concussion substitute.

"It was a freak accident, one of those things," said Finch afterwards. "I feel shocking for it. You don't want to see anyone hurt."

Perth coach Adam Voges has since confirmed that Kelly was ok after the incident.  

After the injury, the Scorchers rallied in Kelly's absence to seal a vital 10-run win that took them to the top of the Big Bash League ladder.

Half-centuries to Australian international Cameron Bancroft (95 not out) and English import Stephen Eskinazi (54) saw the Scorchers score 212/5 in their 20 overs.

Chasing 213 for victory, the Renegades were unable to get over the line despite 76 not out from just 35 balls to Finch, and 54 off 34 balls by former Australian batter Shaun Marsh.

Blackcap Martin Guptill made 15 from 19 balls as he struggles in Australia's premier Twenty20 league.

Victory sees the Scorchers move clear of second-place Sydney Sixers on the Big Bash League ladder, having played one game more.

The Renegades meanwhile are fourth, ahead of Sydney Thunder courtesy of net run rate.