Big Bash final: Powerhouse Scorchers crush Sixers for third title

The Perth Scorchers have stamped themselves as the undisputed Big Bash League (BBL) powerhouse after claiming their third title with a crushing nine-wicket victory over the Sydney Sixers at the WACA in Perth on Saturday (January 28). In their fifth final from six BBL editions, the Scorchers were almost flawless throughout reaching the victory target…

Mitchell Johnson magic takes Perth to fifth BBL final

Mitchell Johnson delivered one of the greatest ever Twenty20 bowling spells to spearhead Perth Scorchers to a decisive seven-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars in the first semifinal of the Big Bash League (BBL) – one which handed them a berth in the sixth edition’s final. The Scorchers’ talisman ripped through the Stars’ vaunted top…

Renegades stay alive after Heat lose 3 for 3

Nine deliveries, 16 runs and three wickets featured in one of the most bizarre final overs in BBL history. But the Melbourne Renegades kept their finals hopes alive with a nail-biting one-run win over the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba. The equation was simple at the beginning of the final over. The Heat needed 18…

Swepson’s spin helps Heat into playoffs

Brisbane Heat 3 for 139 (Ross 46*, Burns 42*) beat Melbourne Stars 7 for 138 (Wright 60*, Swepson 2-14) by seven wickets It took 27 games for a team to fall out of contention for this BBL’s finals, and 28 for one to qualify, but – shorn of their captain Brendon McCullum, their smiter-in-chief Chris…

Harris, Perera help Renegades stay alive

Melbourne Renegades ensured they stayed alive in the competition with a six-run win over Adelaide Strikers on Monday (January 16), much to the disappointment of the Adelaide crowd who had to watch their home side’s campaign come to an end. Strikers and Renegades came into Match 27 of the Big Bash League with only one…

Stars brush aside Scorchers to take top position

Melbourne Stars 3 for 137 (Pietersen 44*, Stoinis 40*, Richardson 2-26) beat Perth Scorchers 7 for 134 (Tye 42, Agar 29*, Beer 2-12, Hilfenhaus 2-15) by seven wickets Fawad Ahmed and Carlos Brathwaite laid the platform with the ball for Thunder and the top-order ensured that their side remained in the hunt for the knockouts…

Klinger, Tye inspire Scorchers to top spot

After suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Brisbane Heat in their previous encounter last week, Perth Scorchers would have been doubly charged up to trounce their opponents to tie with them on equal points in the table. On Wednesday (January 11) at the Gabba in Brisbane, riding on a belligerent 54-ball 81 from…

Big Bash: Allround Sixers go second with six-wicket win

Sydney Sixers 4 for 171 (Hughes 41, Haddin 31*, Perera 2-26) beat Melbourne Renegades 6 for 170 (Finch 57, Ferguson 39, Dwarshuis 3-25) by six wickets Amid a confusing conclusion, Sydney Sixers pulled off the highest successful BBL chase at the SCG – hauling down Melbourne Renegades’ 170 with three balls to spare – to…