Sixers in to BBL final
James Vince's unbeaten 98 has helped the Sydney Sixers to their second consecutive BBL final, thrashing the Perth Scorchers by nine wickets at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday night.
Perth's total of 6-167 proved inadequate despite 69 not out from wicketkeeper Josh Inglis, Vince and Josh Philippe in fine form as the Sixers won with three overs remaining, the game ending in somewhat controversial circumstances when Andrew Tye delivered a wide, ending the match with Vince stranded on 98.
The Scorchers chose to bat and slumped to 2-39, Jason Roy (3) and Liam Livingstone (15) falling to Sean Abbott and Carlos Brathwaite respectively.
Colin Munro and Inglis recovered things with a 42 run stand, the New Zealand left hander reaching 30 before Jackson Bird broke through with Jordan Silk completing a catch in the deep.
Mitch Marsh was controversially given out caught behind off Steve O'Keefe, voicing his displeasure after umpire Sam Nogajski adjudged him caught down the leg side, despite replays confirming he was nowhere near the ball.
It left the visitors 4-85 and in trouble, before Inglis and Turner gave the innings momentum with a 59 run partnership, taking the power surge to cash in with the field up in the dying overs.
Turner made 33 from 22 balls but the star was Inglis, who made his fourth half century of the tournament to lead the Scorchers to a competitive total.
13 runs came from the first over from Jhye Richardson as Phillippe and Vince set the tone, scoring at ten runs to the over through the first ten overs as Perth had no answer for the Sixers opening pair.
The part time leg spin of Liam Livingstone broke through when Philippe holed out to short fine leg for a 28 ball 45, but it was to be the only success of the night with the ball for Ashton Turner's men, Vince with his highest BBL score in a knock that featured 14 fours and one six.
Daniel Hughes eased to 21 not out but with scores level and Vince on strike looking for a century Scorchers bowler AJ Tye sent down a wayward bouncer, umpire Paul Wilson signaling a wide to bring the contest to a close.
Vince looked none too pleased with Tye's tactic, despite the bowler appearing to offer an apology when the teams shook hands.
Regardless it didnt change the fact that Sydney were the dominant side on the night, qualifying for their second BBL final in as many seasons, a match they will host at the SCG next Saturday night, against either the Scorchers, Sydney Thunder or Brisbane Heat depending on finals results.
Perth return home to play a home final against the winner of the match between the Thunder and Strikers, who meet tomorrow in Canberra.