Henriques steers Sixers to Big Bash glory

Deepankar Kaur | cricket20

Impressive performances from Moises Henriques and Steve O’Keefe helped the Sydney Sixers overcome the Perth Scorchers to win the KFC Big Bash Final thanks to a seven wicket victory at the WACA in Perth.

Despite coming into the game as clear underdogs, the Sixers cruised to victory after restricting the Scorchers to a total of just 156-5 which was easily chased down by Henriques (70) and O’Keefe (48).

The pair shared an excellent opening stand of 110 with Henriques contributing the bulk of the runs; the opener smashed six boundaries and four sixes to put the visitors in control at a packed WACA.

Although the partnership was ended by Brad Hogg in the 13th over after an excellent piece of wicket keeping from Luke Ronchi who stumped Henriques, the Sixers maintained their upper hand.

Even with the loss of Nic Maddinson (10) and O’Keefe in the space of three deliveries from Ben Edmondson (2-30) in the 17th over, the Sixers still managed to secure victory with seven deliveries remaining, thanks to a quick fire 21 from Steven Smith.

The Sixers skipper secured the victory with a straight drive down the wicket straight back past Edmondson to spark wild celebrations in the Sixers dug out.

It proved to be a disappointing ending for the Scorchers who came into the game as clear favourites having won their three previous home games in comprehensive style.

Having won the toss, the Scorchers elected to bat first but they soon found themselves 2-2 after Brett Lee (2-21) picked up the wickets of Herschelle Gibbs (0) and Luke Ronchi (2) in the opening over.

Marcus North (22) and Paul Collingwood (32) steadied the home side with resistant cameo’s but it was Mitchell Marsh who lead the Scorchers fight back with an unbeaten innings of 77 to lift a capacity crowd which had fallen flat after Lee’s stunning opening.

Marsh smashed five boundaries and four sixes to give the Scorchers bowlers a total which could have been defendable but it proved to be in vain as the Sixers cruised to a well deserved victory.

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