Sydney Sixers became the second side to qualify for the 2015 Champions League T20 as they qualified for the finals of 2014-15 Big Bash League after getting better of the league leaders Adelaide Strikers by 87 runs in the first Semi-Finals at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. Sixers followed New Zealand’s Wellington Firebirds (the winners of New Zealand’s premier T20 competition Georgie Pie Super Smash) in the line-up of Champions League T20 teams. Sixers well face either defending Champions Perth Scorchers or Melbourne Stars in the finals of the Big Bash League. Both the teams lock horns in the second semi-finals at the WACA, Perth tomorrow.
Adelaide Strikers, who topped the league table did not get anything going their way in the chase of 182 as they kept on losing wickets in regular intervals. Sixers’ skipper Moises Henriques kept on rotating his bowlers which turned out to be successful at the end of the day. It all started with Craig Simmons who was caught behind off Sean Abbott in the second over of the innings and in no time Adelaide lost the wickets of Tom Ludeman, Travis Head and Ryan Ten Doeschate, which reduced the hosts to 38-4 at the beginning of the sixth over. Brad Hodge and Johan Botha seemed the only hope for the Strikers making a great comeback. But all those hopes were dashed when Bollinger dismissed Botha, Alex Ross and Brad Hogde in quick succession to put the game in their kitty. It all became a formality for the bowlers as they cleaned the tail for just 94 runs despite Ben Laughlin’s 10 ball 22 towards the fag end of the innings. Doug Bollinger was the pick of the Sydney Sixers bowlers as he finished with 3-21 with all the other bowlers chipping in with results.
Earlier choosing to bat first, Michael Lumb’s 19 ball 32 set the tone for Sydney Sixers and this knock, backed up by Nic Maddinson’s 48 ball 85 and Henriques’ 19 ball 27 propelled them to 181-4 at the end of 20 overs. Maddinson was named as the Man of the Match.