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BBL|09 Final Match Report - Sixers vs Stars

08 February 2020

The BBL Final arrived at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with the past few days in Sydney seeing torrential weather conditions, and many doubted any action taking place on Saturday night.

 

The two most dominant sides found their way to the Final in the new five team finals setup. With the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rain in Metropolitan Sydney, fingers were crossed from everyone within the Stars camp that the weather gods would prevail on our side.

The rain cleared after a long delay and the bat flip was done and won by Maxwell who elected to bowl first.

The match was reduced to 12 overs a side due to the delay. James Vince and Josh Philippe opened for the Sixers while the new ball was in the hands of Dan Worrall for the Stars.

An aggressive intent was shown immediately by the Magenta batsman with boundaries flowing in the first over. The Stars didn’t shy away from their plans, with the wicket of Vince in the 3rd over proving so. Steve Smith came to the crease and shot a quick-fire 21 before being caught by Handscomb on the boundary off the bowling of Maxwell.


Henriques and Hughes quickly followed Smith back to the dugout, leaving the Sixers 4-68 in the 9th over.

Josh Philippe was the backbone of the innings for the Sixers notching up a half century, with Jordan Silk with a handy 27 not out. The Sixers posted a total of 5-116 after their 12 overs.

Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson opened, and after a boundary and a six from Stoinis, he departed on the 4th ball of the opening over caught in the deep off Nathan Lyon.

The early trouble continued for the boys in green as Maddinson, Maxwell and Handscomb were out leaving the score at 4-26 in the fifth over with Nick Larkin and Ben Dunk in charge of the resurgence for the Stars.

After a couple boundaries that looked to steady the ship, Ben Dunk was given out LBW for 11 in the seventh over off Nathan Lyon, although television replays suggested otherwise.

The equation was 68 from the final 24 balls with Nick Larkin and Seb Gotch at the crease.

As it was for the second half of the evening, the wickets kept falling for the Stars with Seb Gotch departing in the ninth over, and the Stars finished with 6-97 after 12 overs - the Sixers winning by 19 runs.

The spin duo in Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe caused havoc for the Stars, collecting four wickets between them, as the Sixers won their second BBL title.

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