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BBL 2023-24 – No regrets from Sydney Sixers over toss name in BBL ultimate


One of the best defending facet within the BBL, Sixers have made an artwork type of setting targets of near 155 and limiting chasing groups on the SCG this season.

Information within the lead-up to Wednesday’s ultimate confirmed Sixers have defended 77 % of scores lower than 160 when batting first throughout the previous 5 years, in contrast with the competition-wide mark of 32 %.

Regardless of that, Sixers made the decision to bowl first on the SCG on Wednesday, and as an alternative discovered themselves chasing 167 on a pitch that has confirmed laborious to attain on all season.

“In hindsight every thing’s at all times a bit totally different, however we simply thought it was going to get higher to bat on underneath lights,” vice-captain Daniel Hughes stated. “We might have restricted them to perhaps a bit much less as properly, so as an alternative of perhaps 167, we might have perhaps bought them all the way down to 150.However that wasn’t to be.”

Hughes conceded captain Moises Henriques’ Covid case had brought on some complications within the hours earlier than the ultimate, after he examined optimistic on Monday.

Henriques fronted a press convention and dealt with the trophy on Tuesday with out telling current media or officers, however was informed to maintain his distance from gamers on Wednesday.

That prompted Hughes into doing the toss, whereas Henriques was made to take a seat away from the group earlier than and in the course of the match.

“You at all times need your chief there. He is a unbelievable chief,” Hughes stated. “Once we turned up right here in the present day [we found out] he could not be across the group and could not do the toss and simply be across the boys.

“And simply to form of have that disruption firstly of play…it isn’t an excuse, it is simply not [ideal].”

Sixers’ loss left retiring spinner Steve O’Keefe caught on 99 BBL wickets, after he trapped Warmth’s big-hitting opener Josh Brown lbw for 53.

O’Keefe plans to maneuver to the NSW North Coast in coming months, and the 39-year-old stated there is no such thing as a likelihood of the lure of 100 wickets bringing him again for an additional season.

“I’m formally, utterly carried out,” O’Keefe stated. “My highest first-class rating is 99, 99 Huge Bash wickets…it may be a pleasant pub story to inform my mates, caught on 99.

“Hopefully not remembered an excessive amount of for the wickets. This has been an incredible membership over 13 years, and I am simply so proud to be part of it. We have had numerous success…my sixth ultimate I believe taking part in right here. It is a magic place on the SCG, I will miss it.”

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