Saturday, April 20, 2024

Latest Match Report – Sixers vs Warmth Last 2023/24


Brisbane Warmth 166 for 8 (Brown 53, Renshaw 40*, Abbott 4-32) beat Sydney Sixers 112 (Henriques 25, Johnson 4-26, Bartlett 2-12, Swepson 2-19) by 54 runs

In-form opener Josh Brown supplied the spark earlier than quick bowler Spencer Johnson claimed 4 wickets as Brisbane Warmth earned redemption with an upset victory over Sydney Sixers to seize their second BBL title.

Defying a 43,153 crowd on the SCG, the place Sixers had gained 12 of their final 14 matches, Warmth ended their 11-year title drought in dominant trend.

Warmth made an imposing 166 for 8 with Brown backing up from his document century in opposition to Adelaide Strikers within the Challenger by blasting 53 off 38 balls on a difficult floor. He threatened one other outrageous knock earlier than falling in veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe’s final over of his skilled profession.

Warmth had been unable to defend 175 in final season’s epic closing in opposition to Perth Scorchers, however their assault was unstoppable with Johnson ending with 4 for 26 in one of the best figures recorded in a BBL closing. It was candy redemption for Warmth, who all season have been spurred by the heartbreaking loss to Scorchers. They had been the shape crew by means of the season and completed on prime of the ladder earlier than exacting revenge over Sixers, who had simply gained the Qualifier on the Gold Coast.

It was a bitter disappointment for powerhouse Sixers, who had been hoping to offer O’Keefe with a fairy-tale end. However their scorching late-season kind got here to a screeching halt as they fell properly wanting successful a fourth title.

After 4 straight victories, Sixers had entered as favourites they usually surprisingly elected to bowl given their experience at defending on the gradual and low SCG floor. However batting proved tough in overcast and humid situations with Warmth restricted to only 16 runs within the powerplay.

Seamer Sean Abbott, named in Australia’s white-ball squads in opposition to West Indies, produced menacing late swing and nicked off elevated opener Jimmy Peirson within the first over.

All eyes had been on Brown, who grew to become the discuss of the cricket world after his extraordinary 140 off 57 balls in opposition to Adelaide Strikers within the Challenger. It was the third-highest rating in BBL historical past marked by a document 12 sixes. However he was pressured to be watchful in opposition to the seaming new ball and scored simply three runs off his first 10 deliveries.

It was solely a matter of time earlier than Brown went for broke and simply earlier than the powerplay ended he was lucky when Ben Dwarshuis missed a tricky likelihood diving ahead at deep sq.. Brown made them pay by smashing the primary ball after the powerplay for six and he mixed properly with shut mate and skipper Nathan McSweeney, who pounced on uncharacteristically wayward Sixers bowling

Brown took a liking to Hayden Kerr’s modest tempo and clubbed him for consecutive sixes earlier than citing his half-century with a stunning cowl drive. Warmth moved into a robust place at 90 for 1 earlier than the dependable Dwarshuis had McSweeney hitting to deep high-quality leg then O’Keefe trapped Brown lbw in a choice overturned on evaluation.

O’Keefe obtained a standing ovation from the Sixers’ crowd after ending his sometimes miserly spell as Warmth slowed down significantly after Brown’s dismissal.

However they reignited with Max Bryant and Matt Renshaw clubbing 31 runs within the energy surge throughout the seventeenth and 18th overs as Warmth completed strongly. Warmth’s momentum continued with the ball when spearhead Michael Neser had opener Daniel Hughes caught at slip within the first over.

Johnson was costly earlier than bowling Jack Edwards off the within edge on the final ball of the powerplay. Sixers slowed to a crawl as Johnson returned within the ninth over to dismiss opener Josh Phillipe as the house crew slumped to 56 for 3.

Warmth remained cautious with recollections of final 12 months’s closing nonetheless recent with Scorchers 54 for 3 earlier than storming dwelling. However Warmth had been to not be denied with recalled legspinner Mitchell Swepson producing a fizzing legbreak that befuddled Jordan Silk and he was beautifully stumped by Peirson.

Sixers’ faint hopes rested with skipper Moises Henriques, who examined constructive for Covid-19 earlier within the week however performed amid protocols. He had produced outstanding clutch batting simply eight days in the past in opposition to Scorchers in Perth, however his dismissal on the third ball of the facility surge successfully ended the competition.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than Warmth celebrated with gusto to banish the ghosts of Optus Stadium.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based mostly in Perth

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