England’s James Vince shot 95 and took a crucial catch when the Sydney Sixers beat the Perth Scorchers for their third title in Australia’s Big Bash final on Saturday in Sydney. Vince’s fireworks propelled the Sixers to 188 for six and they narrowed the Scorchers to 161 for nine to win with 27 points. 80s before he was fired, just five less than a century.
Vince topped off his evening with a sensational dive catch on short extra cover to dismiss the big hit Mitch Marsh for 11 and the defending champion Sixers firmly at the top in the 15th over.
“I really enjoyed my time here. I’m glad I made the contributions, but I couldn’t have done it without the guys who did it the whole game,” said Vince.
Vince previously overcame his role in the troubling ending of opening batting partner Josh Philippe for nine in a massive confusion.
Failed to make contact, he retreated into his crease as Philippe stormed off the field, leaving both batsmen on the same side.
Vince went frenzy on his run and was dropped at 82 by Marsh who ran backwards as he skied Aaron Hardie in the night sky and then was narrowly missed by diving Cameron Bancroft before finally getting out.
He cut Fawad Ahmed to Marsh short third man to end his blistering 60-ball knock.
Just a week ago, Vince stranded at 98 when AJ Tye finished his team’s qualifier with a bouncer who was called wide at the Sixers’ nine-wicket win in Canberra.
Bancroft hit 30 of the 19 balls in the Scorchers’ innings before skying Jackson Bird to Vince for the first break in the fifth over.
Bird got the big wicket from Englishman Liam Livingstone who unleashed a big hit but was caught on the ropes by Jordan Silk for an explosive 45 of 35 balls with two sixes in the 11th over.
Man of the Match Vince waved the tide for the Sixers with his athletic catch to clear the menacing Marsh.
That took the task further than the Scorchers, and they fell quite short in a fit of lecherous swings and wickets.
“It’s a special atmosphere, we’ve gotten used to playing in front of empty stands and it was fantastic to cheer our home crowd for us,” Sixers captain Moises Henriques told the audience during the presentation.
“We’ve had a list of great players. I think all 18 players have played. We’ve had to make so many tough decisions and that’s why we finish in the top two.”
The Scorchers and Sixers, both three-time champions, are the only two clubs to have won multiple titles in the Australian T20 competition.
The Sixers and the Scorchers have been so successful that only three BBL finals have come and gone without either participating.
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