Big Bash flashback

On Saturday night (January 28), the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers play in BBL06’s “Big Final” at the WACA.

If it’s anything like their epic finish to BBL04 (2014/15), then we’re in for a treat.

The 2014/15 Final was important for a couple of reasons: it was the first decider played at a neutral venue – Canberra’s Manuka Oval – and it was legendary fast bowler Brett Lee’s final competitive match.

In an incredibly close round robin season, both the Scorchers (second) and Sixers (fourth) finished on 10 points, separated by the third-placed Melbourne Stars, also on 10 points, with Adelaide comfortable minor premiers on 13 points.

The Sixers pulled off a minor upset in Adelaide, beating the Strikers easily in the semi-final. After making 4/181, Doug Bollinger took 3/21 to dismiss the Strikers for just 94. Perth easily covered the Stars in the second semi, winning by 18 runs in Perth, dismissing the Stars for 126 after posting 7/144.

So it was a Perth v Sixers Final in Canberra; Sydney searching for their second title and Perth seeking revenge after losing to Sydney in 2011/12.

Batting first in the Final at Manuka Oval, captain Moises Henriques scored 77 from 57 balls, supported by Ryan Carters’ 35 not out from 25 as the Sixers posted 5/147 from 20 overs.

Perth began their chase positively, with openers Shaun Marsh (73 from 59) and Michael Klinger (33 from 37) compiling 70 in 11.3 overs. A second wicket stand of 43 with Marsh and captain Adam Voges (20 off 13) looked to have Perth cruising towards their second BBL title. With less than four overs left, Lee and Nathan Lyon gave the Sixers some hope. Lyon dismissed Marsh and Ashton Turner in the 18th over, with Perth still 16 runs short.

Entering Lee’s dramatic final over, Perth needed eight runs with six wickets left. Surely they had this won. When Michael Carberry hit four, two and one from the first three balls, the scores were tied and Perth needed just one run…

…Lee bowled Nathan Coulter-Nile with the fourth ball, pulling out his trademark chainsaw celebration, then bowled Sam Whiteman with the fifth ball.

The dramatic final ball was hit by Yasir Arafat, who scrambled for the winning run as Henriques missed a simple run out chance backing up the bowlers end stumps.

While it wasn’t the victorious farewell Lee deserved, it was definitely memorable.

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