Sydney Sixers crowned 2019-20 KFC Big Bash League champions
The Sydney Sixers are KFC Big Bash League champions for the second time after an electrifying Josh Philippe half-century set the platform for an intimidating total in a rain-shortened match.
The Final of the KFC BBL|09 was reduced to 12 overs-a-side after 180 millimetres of rain fell at the SCG in the three days leading into the match.
Sydney Sixers 116-5 (12 overs) - (Philippe 52, Silk 27*, Maxwell 2-17, Zampa 2-24)
Melbourne Stars 97-6 (12 overs) - (Larkin 38*, Lyon 2-19, O'Keefe 2-27)
Result - Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Stars by 19 runs (DLS) at Sydney Cricket Ground
The Stars won the bat flip and elected to bowl but were met with fierce resistance from Philippe, who blasted 52 from 29 deliveries including three sixes and four boundaries in a player of the match performance.
Philippe was ably supported by Steve Smith (21 from 12 balls) and Jordan Silk (27* from 15 balls) as the Sixers surged to a commanding 5-116.
The Stars’ run-chase was dealt an early blow when Marcus Stoinis, the tournament’s leading run-scorer this season, was dismissed by Nathan Lyon in the first over.
Nic Maddinson and Glenn Maxwell fell in the second and third overs to Josh Hazlewood and Steve O’Keefe respectively in a further body blow to the Stars’ hopes of claiming a maiden KFC BBL title.
Nick Larkin (38 not out) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (19 from eight balls) tried in vain to resurrect the Stars chase but it wouldn't be enough as they fell 19 runs short.
“We’d like to congratulate the Sydney Sixers on winning their second KFC Big Bash League title,” Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia Head of Big Bash Leagues, said.
“The Sixers are deserved champions after producing two superb performances against the Melbourne Stars in the finals series.
“We’d like to thank the SCG Trust, Cricket NSW, Sixers and Stars for their hard work and cooperation as we navigated a tricky lead up to the Final, with over 180mm of rain falling at the ground.
“We’d also like to recognise our League partners, including broadcasters Seven and Foxtel, whose collective flexibility and understanding this week ensured we were ready to play when the weather cleared.
“Finally, thanks to the 10,121 fans who braved the rain to attend the KFC BBL|09 Final. The Big Appeal continues tomorrow with the CommBank Women’s T20 International between Australia and England, plus the Bushfire Cricket Bash.
“The Australian Cricket community’s support of the bushfire relief efforts has been remarkable and we look forward to a special event at Junction Oval tomorrow.”
Sydney Sixers - Josh Philippe(wk), , James Vince, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques(c), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Melbourne Stars - Marcus Stoinis, Nic Maddinson, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell(c), Peter Handscomb, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf
Start Time: 08:15
Toss: Melbourne Stars won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Officials: Gerard Abood, Paul Wilson, Shawn Craig, Phillip Gillespie, Daryl Harper
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