Billings And Botha Too Hot For The Scorchers

Perth Scorchers 130/8 (20.0)

Sydney Sixers 132-4 (18.0)

The Sydney Sixers recorded their second victory of BBL06, and their first in 7 against the Perth Scorchers, by 6 wickets.

Sam Billings and Johan Botha starred for the Sixers, in front of over 30,000 people at the SCG.

The Scorchers’ innings never really got going.

Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh are central to everything that’s good at the top of the order, but neither made an impact here.

Sam Whiteman (28) and Ian Bell (21) threatened, but their contributions were nothing more than decent starts that ended abruptly where the Scorchers were concerned.

The Sixers’ bowlers were excellent, though, sharing the wickets around.

Once more, the control offered by the spin of Johan Botha (1/26) and Steve O’Keefe (1/23) played a huge role, whilst William Sommerville looked good value for his 2/10.

Ben Dwarshuis closed out the innings expertly for the home side, finshing with deserved figures of 1/21 from his 4 overs.

For a line-up that bats so deep, it was a miserable effort from the Perth side who’d shown so much promise in their first game. The middle/ lower order offered nothing and fell away with a whimper.

If it had’t been for a late contribution from Mitchell Marsh, hitting 31* at just a shade over a run-a-ball, the Scorchers would have had nothing to bowl at.

Andrew Tye got the better of Brad Haddin early on in the Sixers’ reply, the Sixers’ keeper gone after playing a loose shot to a clever slower ball.

In the absence of Jason Roy at the top of the order, Sam Billings (40) was motoring, seemingly with a point to prove.

A flurry of boundaries off the Scorchers’ pace bowlers saw the score race up before the Englishman fell to Marsh, caught in the deep.

Moises Henriques (24) and Jordan Silk (28) both made good starts before being dismissed by the impressive Tye (3/15), to give the Scorchers a way back into the game.

Johan Botha ensured the Sixers crossed the line though, hitting an unbeaten 30* to see his side home.

The next game sees the Brisbane Heat travel to Sydney’s Spotless Stadium to face the Thunder, in a must-win game for the home side.

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