The Sydney Sixers have gone back-to-back after James Vince inspired them to a 27-run victory over the Perth Scorchers in front of a frenzied sell-out crowd at the SCG in Saturday night’s Big Bash League (BBL) Final.
Vince, who made 98 in the Sydney Sixers’ Qualifier win over the Perth Scorchers, produced another decisive knock with 95 from 60 balls after the hosts lost the bat flip and were sent in to bat by opposition captain Ashton Turner.
Sydney amassed 6-188 from their 20 overs, despite losing BBL Player of the Tournament Josh Philippe early to a run out for nine. Vince, involved in that mix-up, stepped up when his side needed him.
In reply, Perth threatened throughout their chase after Cameron Bancroft blasted 30 from 19 balls, while English opener Liam Livingstone also smashed 45 from 30.
But the large target meant the Scorchers had to be aggressive throughout and despite some handy cameos, kept on losing wickets.
It wasn’t until Turner skied Sean Abbott to be caught by Jackson Bird for 11 that the game appeared fully in the Sixers’ grasp as Perth slipped to 6-142 with 17 balls left.
All of Sydney’s bowlers contributed with Ben Dwarshuis taking 3-37, while Jackson Bird, Sean Abbott and Dan Christian all claimed two wickets each.
Vince’s outstanding night was capped when he took a fine catch to dismiss Mitch Marsh for 11 in a crucial moment in the Final.
I got a bit carried away after, Vince said. It was such a big wicket for them.
The microphone fell out as well. Just important to take that wicket. Crucial.
The result means the Sixers have now won three BBL titles, equaling the Scorchers’ record tally. The two clubs are the most successful in BBL history.