The Perth Scorchers defeated the Covid-19 and injury-plagued Sydney Sixers by 79 runs to win the BBL championship for a record fourth time. For the fifth time in 11 seasons, the two most powerful teams in BBL history squared off in the championship game. At Marvel Stadium, the Scorchers overcame an early setback on neutral ground to win their first championship since 2016–17.
The Scorchers, who have been away from Perth since December 8 due to Western Australia’s border situation, have started cautiously with just one game in 11 days. ended with the greatest margin of victory in a BBL final. In the 17th over, the Sixers were skittled for just 92, the lowest total in a BBL championship game.
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seasoned scorchers swift The Sixers’ middle order was decimated by Andrew Tye (3-15), and the men in magenta fell behind 3-0 after four balls. The only Sixers batter to display any resistance was Daniel Hughes, who entered the game with an injury concern and scored a well-made 42.
After Sixers captain Moises Henriques decided to bowl first, Englishman Laurie Evans helped the Scorchers escape significant trouble and reach their respectable score of 171-6. Evans’ performance proved to be the game-winner.
The Sixers began the match against the star-studded Scorchers as heavy underdogs after being decimated by Covid-19 infections and injuries. But an unexpected result was imminent as the Scorchers fell to 25-4 when Test star Nathan Lyon dismissed Mitch Marsh, Australia’s hero from the Twenty20 World Cup, and the dangerous Colin Munro in quick succession.
The Scorchers captain Ashton Turner (54 from 35 balls) and Evans, on the other hand, came back strongly, putting together a 104-run combination to give the Western Australia team a significant advantage. Evans’ batting was exceptional; he finished with an undefeated 76 off 41 balls after hitting two stunning cover drives for six.
AT [Turner] and I have gotten along pretty well, and we enjoy playing baseball together, Evans added. “He pushes me to run two almost every ball, so by the end I was quite exhausted, but we trade off really well,” the player said.
The Sixers were unable to start any innings without a number of reliable batsmen, including Josh Phillipe (Covid-19) and Jordan Silk (hamstring). After their plea to bring in Australian superstar Steve Smith was denied by Cricket Australia, they were furious. Officials might have concluded that the nearby replacement pool had enough batting cover for the Sixers.
Again, Jay Lenton, the assistant coach, took the wicketkeeping duties in place of Phillipe. Jay Lenton had only participated in two BBL games since February 2020. Hayden Kerr, the Sixers’ hero against the Adelaide Strikers two nights ago, opened the batting for Nick Bertus, who was taking part in just his second BBL game.
Quick and marshy The only surviving members of the Scorchers’ first championship team in 2013–14 were Jason Behrendorff. After defeating the Scorchers in the 2018 final and the Melbourne Stars in the 2020 championship game, the Sixers were unable to complete a hat trick.
Henriques claimed, “We just weren’t good enough. The wicket played very well the entire time we batted. “There, [Evans and Turner] batted bravely. Given the situation they were in [at 4-25-4], that was one of the better pairings I’ve seen.