Scorchers smash Sixers, Big Bash Champions again

Saturday January 28, 2017

The Perth Scorchers have easily outclassed the Sydney Sixers, winning the Sixth Big Bash League Final by nine wickets at the Furnace this evening.

Perth Scorchers opening batsman Michael Klinger celebrates his half century during the Big Bash League Final.
Photo courtesy of WACA/Perth Scorchers, Getty Images

In front of a full house and venue record attendance, the home side reclaimed the Big Bash Champions tag with relative ease, keeping the Sixers to 9-141 then chasing down the target with 25 balls to spare.

Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson was named player of the match, taking 3-30 off his four overs, while Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn was named player of the tournament.

For the Perth based side, it was their third Big Bash Championship from the last four seasons, having also appeared in the tournament decider across five of the first six that have been played so far.

Michael Klinger (71 not out) and Sam Whiteman pounced on the opportunity to take a firm stranglehold on the Big Final with the bat during the six-over power-play, smashing 61 runs with six fours’ and five sixes’ included while the fielding restrictions were in place.

Nathan Lyon finished as the lone wicket-taker for the Sixers, snaring Whiteman stumped by Brad Haddin for a brisk 41 in the eighth over.

Klinger smashed three of his five sixes before he raised his bat for a third tournament fifty this summer – getting there with a streaky push to point off Ben Dwarshuis’ bowling in the 11th over.

Ian Bell meanwhile remained unbeaten on 31, providing the support to ensure the home team were celebrating long into the night.

Earlier, Perth won the toss and elected to bowl first on a barmy afternoon. Hilton Cartwright and Jordan Silk replaced Shaun Marsh and Colin Munro as the only change for both teams.

The Scorchers dominated from the first delivery bowled by Mitchell Johnson, who had the ball talking again similar to Tuesday’s semi-final against the Melbourne Stars.

Johnson (1-13) beat the bat of Daniel Hughes in the opening over with the Sixers opener dismissed chipping to Tim Bresnan in the second over bowled by Ashton Turner.

One soon became two with Nic Maddinson run out before Michael Lumb edged to keeper Whiteman, leaving the Sixers in trouble at 3-17 after three overs.

Haddin (38) and Sixers skipper Moises Henriques (21) provided some resistance to guide the Sixers out of the murky power-play. The seventh and eighth overs, bowled by Bresnan and Ashton Agar, were fruitful for the visitors with 27 runs plundered from those 12 deliveries.

With the half-way mark in sight Haddin chased a short pitched delivery from Richardson only to top edge pull to Klinger on the circle edge at mid-wicket.

Richardson then bolstered his wicket tally to three for the match, snaring both Henriques and Silk in his third over.

Bresnan was taken to by Haddin in his opening over but responded to also claim three wickets – Sean Abbott, Dwarshuis and Johan Botha.

Abbott swung hard but picked out Agar at wide long-on while Dwarshuis was beaten and bowled by a full length yorker ball. Botha meanwhile was seemingly in cruise control before he top edged for Richardson to take the catch at fine leg.

Some consolation for the Sydney Sixers, their Women’s team earlier today won the Women’s BBL against the Scorchers by seven runs.

2016/17 Big Bash League – Big Final:

Sydney Sixers 9-141 (20 overs)
Haddin 38, Botha 32, Henriques 21, Richardson 3-30, Bresnan 3-40

Perth Scorchers 1-144 (15.5 overs)
Klinger 71no, Whiteman 41, Bell 31no, Lyon 1-28

Match Result: Perth Scorchers won by nine wickets
Player of the Final (match): Jhye Richardson (Scorchers)
Player of the Tournament: Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)

Toss: Perth Scorchers, bowled first
Umpires: Mick Martell, Paul Wilson
Match Referee: Bob Stratford
Venue: WACA Ground, Perth
Crowd: 21,832 (new venue record).

Perth Scorchers: Michael Klinger, Sam Whiteman (wk), Ian Bell, Adam Voges (c), Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Agar, Tim Bresnan, Mitch Johnson, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye.

Sydney Sixers: Daniel Hughes, Michael Lumb, Moises Henriques (c), Nic Maddinson, Brad Haddin (wk), Jordan Silk, Johan Botha, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.