The Sydney Sixers have claimed their second Big Bash League title in their history with a 19-run victory over the Melbourne Stars in Saturday’s rain-affected Final at the SCG.
Young wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe was named Player of the Match after his blazing 52 from 29 balls, which proved decisive in a match which wasn’t expected to go ahead due to the incessant rain in Sydney.
More than 100mm of rain was forecast for Sydney on Saturday, but the skies cleared for long enough to allow a 12-over per-side match, with the SCG ground staff working feverishly to dry the outfield.
The Stars, who’ve never won a BBL title and crumbled in last year’s decider with victory in sight, won the toss and sent the Sixers in to bat, appearing a major advantage given the conditions.
However, Philippe led the Sixers innings brilliantly, despite the loss of partners around him, including Steve Smith for 21 off 12 balls, while James Vince never got going, with 2 from 9 deliveries.
The Sixers were 4-68 in the eighth over, but Philippe formed a key 48-run stand with Jordan Silk (27* from 15 balls) to reach 5-116.
Preliminary final Player of the Match Nick Larkin was the only batsman to stand up for Melbourne, posting 38* from 26 balls, but it was too little, too late.
Man of the moment Philippe tried to downplay his decisive knock and revealed he remained calm despite the uncertainty of the rain delays.
“When you aren’t expecting to play, you don’t get especially nervous,” he said.
“When we started I still remained calm which surprised me a bit.”