Sixers make it six in a row

December 28, 2014 08:46:06 UK

The Sydney Sixers maintained their dominance over rivals the Thunder with a 16-run victory in front of a record crowd at Stadium Australia.

The Sixers have now won all six of the BBL meetings between the two teams, and sit on top of the standings with a maximum three victories this season.

The Thunder had used a brilliant batting display by Jacques Kallis to win their opening game against the Brisbane Heat, but this time not even an unbeaten knock of 80 from 42 balls from Aiden Blizzard was enough.

Blizzard lacked support, with Daniel Hughes the only other Thunder batsman to reach the 20s.

In contrast, all of the Sixers’ top six made it into at least double figures and scored quickly. Riki Wessels led the way with 50 from 33 balls, including two sixes and five fours, and combined in a 51-run stand with Moises Henriques for the third wicket.

Jordan Silk and Ryan Carters continued the momentum before both were bowled in consecutive Gurinder Sandhu overs.

The Thunder’s hopes that Kallis would reproduce his opening effort were thwarted when he was bowled by Mitchell Starc for just three, to leave them 1-24 in the fourth over.

They were well behind the asking rate at 4-79 from 12 overs when Eoin Morgan became Sean Abbott’s second victim.

Only at that point did they put together their first partnership of note, with Blizzard and Hughes adding 85 before Hughes was run out off the final ball of the match.

Sixers veteran Brett Lee overcame a nightmare first over, when he bowled five wides to David Hussey and Kallis. He had Hussey caught for 17 and finished with 1-28 from his four overs.

The Sixers areĀ 1.80 to beat defending champions Perth Scorchers in their next match, with the Scorchers 2.00.

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