Sixers, Scorchers Chasing Second Title

Can Bollinger lead the Sixers to victory? Image courtesy of abc.net.au

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Scorcher v Sixers


Manuka Oval, Canberra

  Wednesday January 28 –  6:40pm (AEST)

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The stage is set for the Sixers to claim their second Big Bash title, but reigning champions Perth will take some beating in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Entering the finals series, the Sixers were the ranked outsiders to lift this season’s Big Bash trophy. They limped into their semi-final against the Strikers with just two wins in their prior five matches, but a dominant display with both bat and ball saw them dismantle the ladder leaders. Nic Maddison set the tone with a handy 85 runs off just 48 balls, while opener Michael Lumb also chimed in with 32. Their performances were impressive, as was left-arm bowler Doug Bollinger. The New South Welshman registered numbers of 3/21 off three overs, and he’s to claim the most dismissals for the Sixers.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Scorchers find themselves in a Big Bash final, and it’s no coincidence. There’s something about the short game that the Westerners adapt to better than anyone else, and although their final conversion rate isn’t great, they’ll be confident of making it back-to-back titles. Perth arguably had the tougher semi-final against the in-form Stars, however they comfortably booked a spot in the final courtesy of some brilliance from Andrew Tye. The all-rounder conceded just 18 runs in the four overs he bowled last time out, claiming four wickets in the process.

The Scorchers are favourite to clinch their second consecutive title, however the Sixers have had their admirers. Wednesday’s decider is a rematch of the inaugural Big Bash final, a match the Sydney side won with seven balls to spare.  

 

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