EM – Sixers beat Heat to almost second place


The Sydney Sixers took a big step towards second place on the BBL|11 leaderboard with a 27-run win over the struggling Brisbane Heat at the Gabba

The Sydney Sixers secured second place on the KFC BBL|11 rankings and lost the Brisbane Heat for the sixth straight season.

In a potential BBL bye for Brisbane icon Chris Lynn, the Sixers easily defended their 6-178 at Wednesday’s Gabba, with the Heat falling to 4-43 in the ninth over and falling short at 8-151 27.

That means the Sixers are on Saturday at Marvel Stadium for a seat in the finals on January 28 against league leaders Perth Scorchers unless the Sydney Thunder can pull off a monster win over the Melbourne Renegades.

Lynn hit 3,000 BBL runs on his way to 19 before haughtily ducking for cover, a familiar scene in a season where he only surpassed 32 once in 12 innings.

The E inbruch is a far cry from the form he was in despite a string of injury setbacks when he signed a rich five-year deal that expires this season.

The stalwart Heat servant, captained by Jimmy Peirson this season replaced could be forced to look elsewhere or retire from the BBL and continue touring the international T20 circuit.

The loss of Brisbane leaves the Heat in jeopardy of picking up the wooden spoon, with the Renegades later finding them on Wednesday by beating the Thunder.

The Thunder could still outrun the Sixers at run rate, but Daniel Hughes (59 of 45) and Moises Henriques (28 of 18) did their best to round them out of reach on a warm afternoon.

Marnus Labuschagne’s dismissal of Henriques on his return from Test tasks and Michael Neser’s 3-39 ensured the hosts the two-time defending champions r held on to a respectable result.

Lynn’s elimination after a brilliant start was followed by Labuschagnes for just three, while the returning Nathan Lyon gave Sam Heazlett’s lead to 4-43.

Josh Philippe takes off!

With that, Marnus Labuschagne’s #BBL11 cameo is done and dusted 😢 #BBL11 pic.twitter.com/N6YaVr0V7f

Peirson (42 of 23) and Max Bryant (56 of 55) put some pressure on the Sixers together, with Bryant at the notched two straight half centuries in the BBL for the first time.

The excitement ended, however, when the captain potted to the miserly Stephen O’Keefe (1-21 of four) and left them 51 to get 19 balls, before Bryant followed soon after.

Hayden Kerr (3-23) took his tournament tally to 22 wickets, down one from leading wicket-taker Peter Siddle.


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