Sydney Sixers crowned KFC BBL|10 champions at SCG
The Sydney Sixers have defeated the Perth Scorchers by 27-runs to win their third KFC Big Bash League title in a thrilling final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 25,295, James Vince blasted 95 from 60 balls as the Sixers set an imposing target of 6-188 – the third highest total in BBL finals history.
The Scorchers made a bright start to their innings with Liam Livingstone (45 off 35) and Cameron Bancroft (30 off 19) combining for a 45-run opening stand inside five overs.
Both were eventually dismissed by Jackson Bird (2-14) who, along with Steve O’Keefe (0-26), slowed Perth’s scoring rate. And when Ben Dwarshuis (3-37) removed the dangerous duo of Mitchell Marsh (11 off 10) and Josh Inglis (22 off 20) in the 15th over – the former to a spectacular catch by Vince in the covers – the Sixers were within sight of back-to-back titles.
Vince was named Player of the Match, having smashed his second successive 90+ total against the Scorchers, as Sydney levelled their all-time finals record against Perth to 2-2.
The BKT Golden Bat and Golden Arm caps were also awarded on the night. Sydney Thunder batsman Alex Hales was named the BKT Golden Bat for KFC BBL|10 for his 543 runs at an average of 38.78, finishing six runs ahead of Vince. Jhye Richardson was named the BKT Golden arm after taking 29 wickets in the tournament at 16.31 apiece, one shy of Daniel Sams’ record set in KFC BBL|09.
The Perth Scorchers have been defeated by Sydney Sixers in a valiant battle for the 2020-21 KFC Big Bash League title at the SCG tonight, Saturday 6 February.
The match was an arm-wrestle for much of the contest, but the Sixers broke ahead in the final 10 overs to claim victory and with it the BBL|10 trophy.
The loss marks the end of a proud Perth campaign that included a stellar rise up the ladder after being winless through their first four matches of the season.
Perth’s BBL|10 tournament was underpinned by a brilliant stretch of games at Optus Stadium in front of Members and fans, garnering the blockbuster atmosphere the season deserved and boasting four of the highest attended matches this season.
The streak at home kickstarted a wave of momentum for the Scorchers that they rode all the way to a double chance and the right to host a home final.
After their home Challenger Final was relocated to Canberra, the Scorchers smashed their way into the Final, only to fall short of the title on the night.
After winning the toss the Scorchers’ bowlers toiled hard early, but Player of the Match James Vince’s game-changing knock of 95 proved to be the difference in the first innings.
While the Scorchers picked up regular wickets, Vince’s knock provided a solid bedrock for a Sixers batting unit that 6-188 from their 20 overs.
Leg spinner Fawad Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for the Scorchers, taking 1-16 from his three overs in an economical spell, while Golden Arm winner Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye chipped in with two wickets each.
In the second innings, Englishman Liam Livingstone was Perth’s best with bat in hand, exhibiting his power hitting on his way to 45 from 35 balls, including two maximums.
Fellow opener Cameron Bancroft got the team off to a flier, scoring a quickfire 30 off 19 balls that included five boundaries.
However, regular wickets after the Time Out put the pressure on the Scorchers batsmen as the required run rate continued to climb.
Josh Inglis (22) and Aaron Hardie (26) made solid contributions with the bat, but the target proved too much, with Perth falling 27-runs short.
“Unfortunately, tonight wasn’t our night, the SyAfter the match, Ashton Turner said;
dney Sixers were too good - they’ve been the best team over the past two seasons and deserve the win.
“They played the conditions really well, they can be tough to beat especially at the SCG, so credit to them.
“We’ve had such a long and successful campaign and there’s so many positives we can take out of the last couple of months.
“I want to thank our Partners and our incredible fans for their support throughout the tournament, the WACA and Cricket Australia.
“I know a mountain of work has gone behind the scenes to get this tournament off the ground and to be able to play the Final in front of so many people tonight was incredible.
“The group was been really resilient to make it to the Final and although tonight’s result hurts, we’re proud of the relatively successful season we’ve had.”