VICTORIA: Ben Dwarshuis’s took a five-fer to help Sydney Sixers seal an emphatic victory over Melbourne Renegades by 45 runs in the 45th match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
Dwarshuis returned with a stunning figure of 5/26; assisting the Sixers bowling out the Renegades for a skimpy 106, while chasing 151.
Batting first, the Sixers were off to the worst possible start; losing their first wicket for none as Josh Philippe bagged a three-ball duck. Jack Edwards and Daniel Hughes then partnered briefly; adding 44-runs to the team’s total before Hughes walked back to the pavilion after scoring just 17.
The skipper – Moises Henriques then joined Edwards at the crease and added 27 runs for the third wicket. Edwards departed in the 11th over after scoring a valiant 40 off 34 balls, including three boundaries and a six.
The side then began to lose wickets at a consistent rate as Dan Christian departed in the 17th over; scoring 22, whereas, Pakistan’s leg-spinner Shadab Khan walked back to the pavilion after scoring a quickfire 12 off seven balls; smashing two boundaries.
Henriques, on the other hand, missed his half-century and dismissed after scoring 49. He faced 35 balls and scored five boundaries and a six. Following his contribution, the Sixers, in the end, managed to post a commendable total of 150 on the scoreboard.
For the Renegades, Cameron Boyce and Kane Richardson bagged two wickets each, while Will Sutherland and Josh Lalor made one scalp each.
Set to chase 151, the Renegades’ batter struggled throughout the innings and could only score 105 before getting bowled out. Sam Harper scored 15, followed by the top-scorer for the side – Shaun Marsh, who managed to score 39; facing 36 balls.
For the Sixers, Dwarshuis shone with his five-fer, while Sean Abbott bagged two wickets. Todd Murphy, Hayden Kerr, and Jackson Bird shared one wicket apiece.