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Half-centuries by Alex Hales and Daniel Sams weren’t sufficient for the Thunder who suffered a middle-order hunch

Sydney Sixers 5 for 132 (Philippe 64, Sams 2-25) beat Sydney Thunder 6 for 166 (Hales 54, Sams 50*, O’Keefe 3-15) by 5 wickets (DLS technique)

Sydney Sixers stayed high of the desk with a convincing victory within the first derby of the season towards Sydney Thunder as Josh Philippe‘s 24-ball half-century ensured they had been all the time forward in a rain-adjusted chase.

Alex Hales offered the Thunder with a flying begin as he made a 29-ball half-century, however they misplaced their method towards Steve O’ Keefe, who claimed career-best figures for the second time this season, and it wanted a measured half-century from Daniel Sams to make sure the innings didn’t fully fall away.

After a heavy bathe on the change of innings, the Sixers had been left with a 14-over chase and Philippe put them on target by taking 23 off the second over from Jono Cook dinner. Throughout his innings, he turned the main scorer for the season, a tag that modified palms twice in the course of the night with Hales briefly in pole place.

O’Keefe’s greatest

Though issues had slowed after a Hales-inspired cost, the Thunder had been properly positioned at 2 for 85 within the tenth over. That modified within the area of three balls as Sam Billings picked out long-on and Hales clubbed to deep midwicket towards O’Keefe. It meant there have been two new batsmen in on the halfway level, forcing the Thunder right into a interval of consolidation and they might find yourself holding again the Energy Surge for the ultimate two overs. O’Keefe then added Alex Ross, lbw lacking a sweep, and completed with 3 for 15 from a spell that conceded only one boundary and included 12 dot balls. Jackson Chicken’s function was additionally noteworthy; he picked up 1 for 23 in his 4 overs which meant the eight between him and O’Keefe went for simply 38.

Philippe seems prepared

After a few single-figure scores, it was regular service resumed for Philippe as he launched the Sixers’ chase by tucking into Cook dinner with 4 fours and 6 in 5 deliveries. By the top of the decreased three-over powerplay, he had 31 off 11 balls and the Sixers had been 0 for 41. After the six-over mark, he began to lose a few of the strike because the chase obtained a bit tighter however was in a position to deliver up a 24-ball fifty – the quickest of his BBL profession. There are lots of people eager to bat on the high of the order for Australia in T20Is however it’s turning into troublesome to see how a lot Philippe will be denied his probability. Maybe the collection towards New Zealand in late February?

Final probability dropped

The wickets of James Vince and Daniel Hughes within the area of 5 balls gave the Thunder some hope and when Jordan Silk fell to the primary supply of the Energy Surge – which was restricted to at least one over – as he spliced Sams into the leg aspect the Sixers wanted 32 off 23 balls. Two balls later, Dan Christian skied his first supply into the off aspect however Ross couldn’t maintain over his shoulder as he ran again from contained in the ring. Within the subsequent over from Nathan McAndrew, Christian launched two sixes and the sport was carried out.

Hales begins, Sams finishes

It had all appeared so promising for the Thunder early on as Hales confirmed his damaging energy by taking 21 off the third over towards former England team-mate Jake Ball which included two leg-side sixes. After briefly consolidating following the lack of Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson, one other six, a skimming sweep off Lloyd Pope, took him to a 29-ball fifty. After the stuffing had been knocked out of the center order, Sams nursed the innings to a stage the place they may push arduous within the remaining few overs though 24 from the final two – which had been the Energy Surge – was manageable for the Sixers. Sams’ resurgent batting type continued together with his second fifty of the season, introduced up with a boundary off the ultimate ball after Carlos Braithwaite had managed three consecutive dots within the final over.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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