The Sydney Sixers have locked up their spot in the Big Bash finals and put the Thunder in a perilous position as the season draws to a close.
Sixers topple Thunder in Sydney Smash
Sydney bragging rights were on the line and the Sixers were the ones to emerge victorious on a wet night at the SCG.
After rain interupted their innings on two separate occasions, the Sixers strolled to a comfortable victory and jumped into second spot on the Big Bash ladder.
James Vince and Daniel Hughes guided the Sixers home after the rain brought the run chase down to only 84 runs required.
The Thunder innings got off to a hot start thanks to some blistering hitting from Shane Watson, but they weren’t able to build a big total.
Hughes played a role in the field despite clearly being bored and instead using his time to chat with Fox Cricket’s Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee.
As the match unfolded Hughes predicted he’d become a part of the action and shortly after he was in the thick of it.
An errant sweep from Callum Ferguson went high into the sky and landed safely in Hughes’ hands.
A mic’d up Dan Hughes was itching to be part of the action.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) February 2, 2019
The loss means the Thunder now face an uphill battle if they’re to secure a place in the Big Bash finals with only one game remaining in their schedule.
For the Sixers however they’re now locked in for a finals berth.
Most boring hat-trick ever
A surprise hat-trick by Josh Lalor helped Brisbane restrict the Perth Scorchers to 9-128 in Friday night’s Big Bash League clash at the Gabba.
Only teammate Alex Ross realised Lalor had claimed the rare feat, pointing it out to the left-arm seamer after he nabbed one wicket with the last ball of his second over and scalps with the first two balls of his third late in the Scorchers’ innings.
It is the fourth hat-trick in BBL history.
“We didn’t even know,” Heat skipper Chris Lynn said.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 1, 2019