Perth Scorchers 170-4 (Klinger 83) beat
Syndey Sixers 167-4 (Silk 45no) by six wickets
14th game, Big Bash League, Perth
Michael Klinger scored a valiant 83 run knock as Perth Scorchers went on to chase 168 runs off 19.1 overs with six wickets in hand against Sydney Sixers in the 14th game of the Big Bash League at WACA.
Chasing just under 8.5 an over, Perth Scorchers lost David Willey (1) in the second over while an indecision in running saw the back of Hilton Cartwright (10).
Klinger (83) struck two boundaries in the fourth over but Scorchers ended the powerplay with just 35 runs on the board and lost two wickets as well. Daniel Sams (2-25) was welcomed with a six and a four in his first over while Ashton Turner (45) also hit a couple of sixes as the home side reached 70 for two at the halfway mark.
The duo upped the ante further hitting 23 runs off the next two overs and Klinger's half-century came off 43 deliveries. Just as the duo were storming in with the 96-run stand, Sams brought the Sixers back into the game with the wicket of Turner in the 15th over.
Scorchers were left with 55 runs to get off the final five and Klinger struck three boundaries in the 18th over after he and Tim David (17 not out) struck a six apiece in the 15th.
With 15 runs to get off nine deliveries, Klinger departed to Sams but David struck a six at the end of the final delivery of the penultimate over to ease the pressure.
A wayward start to the final over by Sean Abbott (0-42) that saw him concede five wides off the first delivery released the pressure and Adam Voges (6 not out) struck a six off the first delivery he faced to help the Scorchers complete fantastic win.
Earlier, it was knocks from Peter Nevill (33), Nic Maddinson (30), Jordan Silk (45 not out) and Sam Billings (33) that helped the Sixers post 167 for four in the 20 overs.
Perth Scorchers - D Willey, M Klinger, H Cartwright, A Turner, A Voges, T David, J Inglis(Wkt), JA Richardson, A Tye, M Johnson, J Muirhead
Sydney Sixers - J Roy, P Nevill(Wkt), N Maddinson, JC Silk, S Billings, BJ Dwarshuis, J Botha, S Abbott, S O Keefe, D Sams, W Somerville
At this stage, the top of the table looks this – Perth Scorchers in top position – Adelaide Strikers in Second and Brisbane Heat in Third, with Melbourne Renegades in Fourth, making up the top four places. For a Matchbook Bonus Code on who will make the play offs from here, you would have to fancy those teams as Sydney Thunder have already played five matches and Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars are yet to trouble the scorers. Hobart Hurricanes, although only on 2 points, do have a game in hand.
The BBL 2017/18 is proving to be a really exciting tournament with most games going down to wire and providing both spectators and TV viewers excellent entertainment.
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