Clinical Sixers bag second win December 27 2016

Sam Billings slammed a 30-ball 40 to help Sixers ease past the target.

A clinical show from Sydney Sixers helped them ease past Perth Scorchers by six wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday (December 27) for their second win the sixth edition of Big bash League. After William Somerville and Sean Abbott shared four wickets between then, Sam Billings scored a 30-ball 40 to help the team polish off the chase of 131 in 18 overs.
After opting to bat, Scorchers found themselves at 26 for 2 in the fifth over. Sam Whiteman and Ian Bell then led the brief recovery with a 43-run stand to take the score 69 by the end of ninth over.
However, that’s when the collapse started. While Abbott got rid of Whiteman, Somerviller dismissed Bell to leave them reeling at 79 for 4. David Willey, Adam Voges, Ashton Turner and Ashton Agar failed to play around Mitchell Marsh as they kept losing wickets and failed to gain the momentum towards the end of the innings.
Marsh scored an unbeaten 29-ball 31 to hold one end up but with no significant partnerships flourishing, all Scorchers could manage was a modest total of 130.
In reply, Sixers got what the think-tank would have hoped for. Brad Haddin (7) and Billings scored at a brisk pace to add 35 for the first wicket in 4.2 overs. Haddin fell first when he was caught at third man off Andrew Tye. Billings followed soon after, trying to pull a ball from well outside off stumps and was caught by Jhye Richarson.
With 79 more needed in the chase in 74 balls, Moises Henriques too fell with 41 still needed off the last 44 balls, trapped in front by Tye. Johan Botha (30 not out) finished things off in style to cap off a good performance.
Brief scores: Perth Scorchers 130/8 in 20 overs (Mitchell Marsh 31*; William Somerville 2-10) lost to Sydney Sixers 132/4 in 18 overs (Sam Billings 40, Andrew Tye 3-15) by six wickets.


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