Highlights Big Bash League 2016/17 final, Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers: Perth scorch Sydney to lift trophy

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Highlights Big Bash League 2016/17 final, Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers: Perth scorch Sydney to lift trophy
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    That's it from us in our coverage of the BBL 06 final! Hope you enjoyed it, and feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below. For tennis fans, you can follow live coverage of the Australian Open men's doubles final here

    With that, I, Amit, bid you guys goodbye! 

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    Justin Langer (Perth Scorchers coach): Playing at the WACA, Im not sure how many more games we will get to play henceforth. 

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    Adam Voges (Perth Scorchers skipper): Incredible evening, everything went to plan tonight. Boys were fantastic tonight. Our point of difference, we maintain a squad very similar to the WA squad. To moises and the sixers, commiserations. They've been incredible. We just can't thank everyone enough! 

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    Moises Henriques (Sydney Sixers captain): They came out firing and got on top early. We got a bit of a partnership, but they just kept taking wickets. Its always a great effort to make it to the grand final. Unfortunately today, we couldn't get over the top today. Fantastic crowd, and apologies we couldn't put up a better show. 

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    Richardson: Very happy indeed. It is a new experience indeed. Its been awesome playing along an experienced side, and being able to fast-track my cricket. 

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    Jhye Richardson is the BBL player of the final (Man of the Match)

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    Chris Lynn is the BBL player of the tournament! 

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    Abbott: We had to go away and work pretty hard on how I bowled this season.

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    Sean Abbott is the Under-25 Young Gun of the tournament!

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    Perth Scorchers got home with a plenty of deliveries to spare, and boy have they maintained their legacy of domination in the tournament by winning the final in the most one-sided manner possible! 

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    Mitchell Johnson (4-0-13-1): It's pretty awesome. Brings back memories, but this is pretty special. Top opposition, they're always pretty confident. Im enjoying my cricket. It's a big part of the season for me, and I don't stress on anything, just go out and have fun.

    (On possible international return) You always think about those things, but I don't think I'll play international cricket again, and that is done and dusted. I had fun while it (international cricket) lasted, and I'm having fun right now.

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    Michael Klinger (71 not out): Credit to our bowlers. They set it up, and we finished it off. Our coaching staff is second to none.We got guys to step up, and that's all you can ask for, whether it is the youngsters or veterans.

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    PS 144/1 after 15.5 overs (Michael Klinger 71, Ian Bell 31)

    Botha into his second over, with victory just one hit away for the Scorchers now. Klinger attempts to finish things off after coming down the track, but miscues it towards the vacant gully region. SIX! What a way for Klinger to guide Perth Scorchers to their third BBL title! The Scorchers win by 9 wickets, and the WACA crowd go wild with celebrations after the winning shot!

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    Perth Scorchers need another 7 to win from 5 overs. 

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    PS 135/1 after 15 overs (Michael Klinger 63, Ian Bell 30)

    Abbott into his third over. Bell cuts towards deep point to collect a double in the first delivery. SIX! Less than 10 needed for the Scorchers to win the title for the third time. Can they finish it off in this very over! Bell lofts that one over the long-off boundary with ease! Just a single at the end of the over, with nine coming off it. 

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    Perth Scorchers need 16 off 36 balls. 

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    PS 126/1 after 14 overs (Michael Klinger 63, Ian Bell 21)

    Lyon into his final over. Can Gazza help get a breakthrough at this stage, even if they are virtually out of the game by now. FOUR! Clever late-cut by Klinger to allow the ball to run away towards fine third-man. Dot to end the over. Lyon finishes with figures of 1/28 at the end of his quota. 

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    PS 119/1 after 13 overs (Michael Klinger 59, Ian Bell 18)

    Dwarshuis into his final over. Bell collects a double off his first ball, followed by a single. SIX! Klinger smashes the ball over long-off to collect his fourth six! Looks like I was wrong about the Scorchers easing their way towards the target. Klinger advances and looks to steer it towards point, but ends up with two dots to end the over.  

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    PS 110/1 after 12 overs (Michael Klinger 53, Ian Bell 15)

    Sixers skipper Moises Henriques introduces himself into the attack, with his side fast losing their grip on the winner's trophy. Turns out to be another slow over for the Scorchers, with singles being taken in all six deliveries (the second was a leg bye). Looks like Klinger and Bell want to take things easy from this point onwards, and get their team past the target with ease, rather than with a bang. 

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    PS 104/1 after 11 overs (Michael Klinger 50, Ian Bell 13)

    Dwarshuis back into the attack for his third over. Two dots, followed by three singles, as Dwarshius keeps it tight for the most part in this over. FIFTY for Michael Klinger, his third in the sixth edition of the BBL, and he gets there with a quick single off the last ball! 

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    PS 100/1 after 10 overs (Michael Klinger 48, Ian Bell 11)

    Botha introduced into the attack for the first time, and both Klinger and Bell decide to keep the ball rolling along the ground to collect singles and doubles. That is until the fifth delivery, when Klinger comes down the ground and smashes the ball towards the long-on boundary! Brings up the team 100, and moves to 48 with that shot! 

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    PS 90/1 after 9 overs (Michael Klinger 39, Ian Bell 10)

    Abbott into his second over. Single taken by Bell at the sart of the over. FOUR! Klinger keeps the scoreboard ticking at the other end, pulling towards backward square-leg to get his fourth boundary. Bell pulls towards backward square-leg in the penultimate delivery to get his first boundary, with Abbott grabbing his hair in despair. FOUR! Three boundaries scored in the over, with Bell cutting the last ball towards backward point to move to double-figures in no time! 

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    PS 76/1 after 8 overs (Michael Klinger 34, Ian Bell 1)

    Lyon into his third over. Has not been a very good outing for the experienced spinner so far. Single by Klinger at the start of the over, followed by a sweep by Whiteman for the keeper-batsman to get his fifth four. OUT! Lyon finally gets some success for the Sixers in this innings, after Whiteman comes down the track looking for a straight smash, and misses completely to get stumped for 41. And that brings Ian Bell to the crease. Take a bow Whiteman! What a bruta display of power-hitting that was to get the Scorchers off to a rollicking start! 

    Whiteman st Haddin b Lyon 41(21)

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    PS 70/0 after 7 overs (Michael Klinger 33, Sam Whiteman 37)

    Bird into his second over. FOUR! Klinger comes down the track and smashes the ball between extra-cover and mid-off. Tries to cut the next delivery, and misses. Has been an easy ride for both openers so far, and will look to waltz all the way to the target. Couple of singles run in the next two deliveries. Decent over for the Scorchers with 9 coming off it. 

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    PS 61/0 after 6 overs (Michael Klinger 25, Sam Whiteman 36)

    Lyon into his second over, and he has been among the better bowlers in the innings so far. Klinger, who had earlier welcomed him into the attack with a glance down long-leg for a four, runs down the track and lofts over extra-cover for his second four. SIX! Klinger smashes the fifth delivery into the orbit straight over the bowler's head, and it finally lands behind the sight-screen. The ball seems to have disappeared around that area, with the umpires fetching a different ball. Single off the last ball, with 11 coming off the over. 

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    PS 50/0 after 5 overs (Michael Klinger 14, Sam Whiteman 36)

    Sean Abbott introduced into the attack, with the Sixers desperately looking to stop the onslaught. FOUR! Pulled away by Klinger towards fine-leg and it is starting to become one-sided right now. Klinger is slowly joining the party at the moment. Couple of singles follow, before Klinger brings up the 50-opening stand with a quick single. 

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    PS 40/0 after 4 overs (Michael Klinger 6, Sam Whiteman 34)

    Nathan Lyon into the attack. FOUR! Now Klinger gets into the attack, guiding the first ball down towards long-leg to get his first boundary. Five dots follow, however, and it turns out to be good over in the Sixers' favour for a change. 

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    PS 36/0 after 3 overs (Michael Klinger 2, Sam Whiteman 34)

    Klinger reaches out for a drive in the first delivery off a full, wide delivery, but only gets a single after sending the ball towards the third-man fielder. SIX! Whiteman is on song right now, clearing a full-toss from Dwarshius over the fine-leg boundary. SIX MORE! Whiteman already has three sixes to his account! That pull looked effortless, and the ball landed well over the square-leg boundary! 13 off the over, and the Scorchers seem to be cruising towards the target right now! 

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    PS 23/0 after 2 overs (Michael Klinger 1, Sam Whiteman 22)

    Klinger gets the strike for the first time, with Jackson Bird bowling the second over of the innings. The veteran batsman gets off the mark with a single in the second ball, before Whiteman sends the third delivery over the midwicket boundary for a six, the first in the innings! FOUR! Whiteman is on a roll right now, lofting the all over mid-off for his second four. FOUR! Whiteman swings his bat around the leg side to send the ball towards backward square-leg, and ends it with a rollicking cover drive! 19 runs off the over, and that would have shattered Bird's confidence! 

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    PS 4/0 after 1 over (Michael Klinger 0, Sam Whiteman 4)

    Dwarshuis gets some bounce at the start of the Scorchers' innings. Whiteman attempts to go for a cover drive in the fourth delivery, FOUR! After four dots, Whiteman finally gets the first runs on the board for Perth Scorchers with an expansive pull towards midwicket.  

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    Ben Dwarshuis gets the ball at the start of the Scorchers' innings. Klinger and Whiteman to open the innings. 

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    The Sydney Sixers never really got going right from the start, though the Haddin-Henriques partnership giving them some hope, especially with the former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman going hammer-and-tongs in his 38 off 25 balls. The Scorchers will need some quick runs in their first few overs in order to lift the winner's trophy in the sixth edition of Australia's premier Twenty20 tournament. 

Preview: Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League will increase the number of games next season, Cricket Australia said Friday, as it looks to capitalise on huge turnouts at matches.

The Big Bash League -- a quick-fire, high-octane format -- has drawn huge crowds across Australia over the past few weeks, with the final to be held in Perth this Saturday.

Eight matches are being added to the competition although the venues have yet to be announced, CA said.

Perth Scorchers battle with Sydney Sixers for the BBL 06 title. Twitter/ @CricketAus

Perth Scorchers battle with Sydney Sixers for the BBL 06 title. Twitter/ @CricketAus

One option was to hold the opening round in Hong Kong to capitalise on the league's popularity, Cricket NSW chief Andrew Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday.

"We're always looking at opportunities to grow the game and expand our fan base beyond traditional markets and demographics," Big Bash head Anthony Everard said in a statement.

"We haven't yet finalised the locations of these additional matches yet, but we are working closely with clubs to explore options."

He added that there were no plans at this stage to increase the number of teams in the league.

More than one million spectators attended matches this season, while the league has attracted an average television viewership of more than a million each night, CA said.

The final between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers at the 24,500-capacity WACA Ground sold out in just over an hour, The West Australian reported Thursday.

The enormous turnouts for the Big Bash place it narrowly ahead of the US Major League Baseball's most recent season with an average attendance of just over 30,000, according to the Herald.


With inputs from AFP

Published Date: Jan 28, 2017 16:55 PM | Updated Date: Jan 28, 2017 17:04 PM

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