Scorchers miss home qualifier as Sixers qualify top
The Perth Scorchers will face the Sydney Sixers in the qualifier as part of the BBL10 finals, after a blockbuster final day of games in the home and away season on Tuesday.
The Scorchers fluffed their lines with a six run loss to the Adelaide Oval in the first match of the day, Brisbane securing all four points to secure their finals berth and keeping the door ajar for the Sixers to snatch top spot, having each started the day on 32 points.
The Melbourne Renegades needed to beat the Hobart Hurricanes to keep the hopes of both the Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers alive in the middle game, the bottom placed Renegades able to cause an upset to win by 11 runs thanks to a five wicket haul from Zak Evans, defending 150 to end the Hurricanes tournament.
That left the Melbourne Stars needing to secure all four points to advance to the finals, the Sixers only one to finish on top of the table and host the qualifier on Saturday evening.
The Stars managed 72 in their first ten overs, chased down easily by the Sixers with more than two overs remaining to book top spot as they tuned up for finals with a five wicket win achieved with one ball remaining.
Both Melbourne clubs missed the finals for the first time in BBL history, the Hurricanes the other side that failed to qualify after blowing a great opportunity against the Renegades.
The finals set up sees the Heat host the Strikers at the Gabba in the eliminator on Friday night, the winner going through to face the Sydney Thunder in a knockout match.
The Sixers will play the Scorchers at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday in the qualifier, the winner straight in to the final and will host the decider while the loser of that match gets a second opportunity, to play the winner of the Thunder and their opponent in the knockout.
The BBL final will be played on Saturday 6th February.
IMAGE: Sydney Sixers website.