The Big Bash League’s Perth Scorchers killed two birds with one stone at the WACA when they chased down the Sydney Sixers.
The Sixers had done a good job with the willow, compiling 4-167, thanks to nice work form Nic Maddinson, Sam billings and Jordan Silk.
Commenting on Channel 10, former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds praised Silk, saying, about Silk’s unbeaten 45, “Silk has played another terrific little innings there. He was the meat in the sandwich. He kept the back end of the innings in tact and allowed them to launch towards the end. 52 off last five overs.”
Symonds stopped short of calling Silk smooth.
When it was the Scorchers turn at bat, however, the 167 of the Sixers proved to be a bit short.
Perth chased it down with five balls to spare. Michael Klinger was the big swinger, notching 83 off 61 balls. Ashton Turner played a strong supporting role, adding 45 off 32 deliveries.
It did require some Scorcher heroics. At one point, the Sixers had them 2 – 17 after Hilton Cartwright was run out for 10. That is when Klinger and Turner stepped in to supply the big swings that enabled debutant Tim David and captain Adam Voges to complete the successful chase.
The Sixers needed the win badly, far more than they could afford to sustain the loss. They are on life support and the plug is loose.
The Scorchers, on the other hand have won seven BBL games in a row and the outing against Sydney was their third best chase all-time.
When things go wrong, they often go wrong in waves and the Sixers could ill-afford to lose Daniel Hughes to a strained quadriceps muscle in pre-game warm ups. The Sixers were forced to insert Peter Nevill, who was not only not expecting to play, but was certainly not expecting to open the batting. He made 33, but he needed 30 balls to do that.