BBL powerhouse Scorchers crush Sixers for third title


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Klinger was aided by Bell, who punished the dispirited Sixers bowling as the Scorchers chased the total down with absolute ease. © Getty

The Perth Scorchers have stamped themselves as the undisputed Big Bash League (BBL) powerhouse after claiming their third title with a crushing nine-wicket victory over the Sydney Sixers at the WACA in Perth on Saturday (January 28). Continue reading

Henriques stars as Sydney Sixers blow Brisbane Heat cold in super over


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Henriques scored two sixes and a four to propel Sixers to 22 in the Super Over.

Early on Wednesday (January 25), Sydney Sixers women defeated Hobart Hurricanes to enter the final, awaiting to see a similar result for their men’s side, who were to take on Brisbane Heat later in the day. And by the end of the evening, the theatrics at the Gabba had hit a different note altogether, throwing up the first super over of this edition of the Big Bash.
Appetizers were meant to set up for a bigger appetite, but if the second semifinal was anything to go by, it would have already filled many to the brim with the wholesome entertainment that it had to offer. Sneaking through in what was a nerve-jangling affair, Sydney Sixers set their final date with the Perth Scorchers on Saturday. Continue reading

Mitchell Johnson magic takes Perth to fifth BBL final


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The 35-year-old’s magical day started from the get go when he dismissed Rob Quiney with the first ball of the innings.

Mitchell Johnson delivered one of the greatest ever Twenty20 bowling spells to spearhead Perth Scorchers to a decisive seven-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars in the first semifinal of the Big Bash League (BBL) – one which handed them a berth in the sixth edition’s final. Continue reading

Sixers enter semis with three-wicket win


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Sean Abbott’s blistering cameo worth 33 helped Sixers to a three-wicket win.

Both Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars were vying for a win in the last league game of the Big Bash on Saturday (January 21) in order to make it to the top-four, and the Stars, who were enjoying a superior net run-rate got off to a superb start after being put in to bat first. Going strong at 130 for 1, the Stars lost their plot by losing three wickets adding just one run. Failing to recover since, the Stars could only post 156 on the board – a far cry from what they were expected to achieve. Although, Sixers didn’t begin brilliantly, late order brilliance took them home rather comfortably. Continue reading

Shaun Marsh leads Scorchers to semi-final with fine fifty


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Shaun Marsh’s half-century gave Perth Scorchers a home semi-final.

When Perth Scorchers arrived for their last league game on Saturday (January 21), they came in as the favourites against Hobart Hurricanes. A win would have secured them a spot in the semi-final, with the added incentive of playing at home. Hobart, though, needed a win but even that wouldn’t have sealed a berth in the knock-out, with their luck dependent on a few other results. Chasing an in-between total of 135 to win, Perth romped home in a canter, riding on a 82-run stand for the second wicket between Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger. Continue reading

Renegades prevail in last-ball thriller to stay in contention


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The final over from Rimmington yielded two run-outs as Brisbane Heat failed to hold their nerve

A record Gabba crowd witnessed a thriller on Friday (January 20) where Melbourne Renegades kept fighting back in order to stay in contention for a spot in the semifinal of the Big Bash League. The match had a dramatic finish to it with the last wicket pair failing to take advantage of an erratic final over bowled by Nathan Rimmington. Continue reading

Ross, Burns steer Brisbane Heat into Big Bash League semifinals


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Burns and Ross added 74 for the fourth wicket.

In a hard-fought encounter where the pendulum swung to and fro quite a few times, Alex Ross (46 not out) and Joe Burns (42 not out) held their nerve to help Brisbane Heat overcome Melbourne Stars by seven wickets and become the first team to qualify for the semifinals of Big Bash League 2016-17 on Tuesday (January 17). Heat also climbed back to the top of the table with 10 points in seven matches.
After putting up a fine all-round show with the ball to restrict Stars to just 138 for 7, Heat stuttered in their chase. At 89 for 3 after 14 overs, the visitors seemed to be in a spot of bother. However, with 50 runs needed off the final six overs, Ross and Burns effortlessly shifted gears to up the ante. Continue reading

Melbourne Stars go top of the table with seven-wicket win


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Pietersen hit an unbeaten 44 to anchor the Stars’ chase

Eerily similar to the crux corresponding match between the teams one season ago, a shell-shocked Perth Scorchers batting order were routed by an energetic Melbourne Stars attack at the WACA during Big Bash League action on Saturday (January 14). Continue reading

Ben McDermott blinder helps Hurricanes chase down record total


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McDermott slammed a stunning hundred to power Hurricane’s record chase

Ben McDermott, playing only his second game of the Big Bash League 06, slammed a 47-ball century, as Hobart Hurricanes kept their qualification hopes alive with a record chase of 223 against Melbourne Renegades at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne on Thursday (January 12). McDermott put on 151 (71) for the third wicket with George Bailey (59 off 42) but his dismissal triggered a lower-order wobble and required Stuart Broad to summon all his experience to chase down 16 of the final Thisara Perera over as the Hurricanes sneaked home off the final ball for a two-wicket victory. Continue reading