Sydney Sixers beat Perth Scorchers by 27 runs

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Sydney Sixers beat Perth Scorchers by 27 runs
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Sydney Sixers beat Perth Scorchers by 27 runs

James Vince's marvelous 95 and magnificent catch have delivered defending champions Sydney Sixers a 27-run win over Perth Scorchers in the Big Slam Class final. 

Vince's unbeaten 98 aided the Sixers smash Perth in a week ago's qualifying final at Manuka Oval, where AJ Tye's wide finished the match and denied the right-hander a shot at a ton. 

The Englishman, requested to bat first in front of a sold-out SCG on Saturday night, picked up the last known point of interest while marching the Sixers to a total of 6-188. 

Energy ebbed and streamed during a show loaded pursue that finished with the Scorchers at 9-161.

Vince delivered a pivotal turning point while patrolling the covers in the fifteenth over of Perth's innings, moving sharply to his right and clutching the ball after it was belted at him by Mitch Marsh. 

"I have truly made the most of my time here and I'm fortunate to be the one getting the prizes tonight. I cannot speak highly enough of everyone ... in the franchise," man of the match Vince said. 

"Everyone stood up at different times [this season]." 

Left-armer Ben Dwarshuis eliminated Marsh and Josh Inglis in the decisive first over of Perth's force flood

The visitors required 69 runs from the final overs, an equation that proved too much in front of 25,295 jubilant fans that attended the Sixers' first home game this summer.

Jackson Bird starred with the ball, delivering eight dot balls and dismissing openers Cameron Bancroft (30) and Liam Livingstone (45) after Perth raced to 0-43 in four overs.

The composed former Test paceman's figures of 2-14 from from three overs made him the most economical bowler in the fourth season-deciding final between the rivals.

Former Test spinner Steve O'Keefe, who dropped a swirling skied edge when Livingstone was on one, went at 6.5 runs per over to also help win his — and the Sixers' — third title.

Vince picked gaps and stroked 13 boundaries, demonstrating impeccable timing against a star-studded Perth attack led by the BBL's leading wicket-taker Jhye Richardson

Similar to the case in Canberra, discussion at the ground immediately went to whether the 29-year-old would become the Sixers' first batsman in BBL history to commend a century. 

Swamp and a diving Bancroft put down chances in the profound during the fifteenth over of Sydney's innings, when Vince was on 82 and 92 separately. 

Swamp held a catch toward the beginning of the following over, helping veteran leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed end Vince's down changing thump. 

The most glaring error from Vince, who took two gets, was a shambolic misunderstanding with the BBL's player of the tournament Josh Philippe. 

Philippe was run out by Tye, who was booed when he bowled and batted because of the anticlimactic finish to Vince's dive in at Manuka Oval, after the two openers wound up at the striker's end.

Sydney Sixers Perth Scorchers

  • Sydney Sixers Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s SR
    Total (20 overs) 188 for 6
    Philippe (w) run out (Hardie) 9 18 8 0 1 112.5
    Vince c Marsh b Ahmed 95 69 60 10 3 158.3
    Hughes c Munro b Richardson 13 17 10 0 1 130
    Henriques (c) c Hardie b Tye 18 24 11 2 0 163.6
    Silk not out 17 37 11 2 0 154.5
    Christian c Munro b Tye 20 20 14 1 1 142.9
    Brathwaite c Behrendorff b Richardson 10 7 6 2 0 166.7
    Extras 2w, 4lb 6
    Bowling O M R W Econ 0s nb w
    Behrendorff 4 0 36 0 9.0 8 0 0
    Richardson 4 0 45 2 11.3 7 0 1
    Tye 4 0 29 2 7.3 11 0 1
    Ahmed 3 0 16 1 5.3 5 0 0
    Hardie 3 0 37 0 12.3 5 0 0
    Livingstone 2 0 21 0 10.5 4 0 0
    Fall of wickets
    1 28
    Philippe 3.3
    2 66
    Hughes 7.4
    3 114
    Henriques 12.6
    4 140
    Vince 15.1
    5 177
    Christian 18.6
    6 188
    Brathwaite 19.6