Both the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers have edged towards securing qualification for the Big Bash League knockout stage, after wins over Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat respectively.
The Scorchers now sit top of the table with five wins after an 18-run victory over the Hurricanes. Adam Voges’ side batted first and set a relatively poor total of just 141/8, with Ashton Turner (37 off 25) and Sam Whiteman (36 off 32) starring with the bat to sharing a fifth wicket stand of 62.
An excellent death bowling from Tim Bresnan restricted the chase to 142 though, taking 3-18 in the process.
Hurricanes fail to deliver
Despite a vast array of batting talent amongst their top five, the Hurricanes never really got going. Michael Hill top scored with 64 off 55 balls but was one of only three batsmen with a strike rate above 100 and the lack of quick scoring, which coupled with the clinical and economical bowling from all of the Scorchers attack prevented George Bailey’s side from ever threatening to reach the target, eventually finishing 19 runs short.
Over in Brisbane there was a similar story for the Brisbane Heat, who like the Hurricanes had disappointed throughout the tournament and after being sent into bat could only post 147/6 from their 20 overs.
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Heat fail to qualify
Peter Forrest (62 off 56) and Andrew Flintoff (46 of 32) added credibility to an otherwise disappointing total. The Sixers were set 148 to win and made light work of the total, chasing it down with 14 balls to spare.
Englishmen Michael Lumb (25 off 19) and Riki Wessels (28 off 20) got the Sydney outfit off to a good start before Aussie pair Jordan Silk (29* off 23) and Ryan Carters (30* off 23), shared an unbeaten partnership of 57 to see their side home.
Their loss at the Gabba means that the Heat are now unable to qualify for the next stage, but the Sixers chances have been boosted as they move up to third in the table. The Scorchers win sees them through and will now look to top the group and despite defeat the Hurricanes remain in contention to get that fourth qualifying spot.