BBL: Sixers edge Stars by 6 wickets in drama-filled MCG thriller in Big Bash 2023, Match 31

Despite a DRS dispute in the last over, James Vince leads the Sixers to a BBL record eighth consecutive victory against the Stars. English recruit James Vince fell short of a century but delivered at the top of the order to help the Sydney Sixers beat the struggling Melbourne Stars by six wickets.

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BBL Sixers edge Stars by 6 wickets in drama-filled MCG thriller in Big Bash 2023, Match 31-2

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Marcus Stoinis smashed 52 off 28 balls to push the Stars to a challenging 5-173 at the MCG on Friday night, but the Sixers won with one ball to spare thanks to Vince’s unbroken 91 off 59 deliveries and some late hitting from Jordan Silk.

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Silk smashed a six off the third ball of Luke Wood’s thrilling last over before being controversially caught behind before Dan Christian scored the winning runs. As a consequence, the Sixers won their ninth straight game against the Stars, setting a KFC BBL record for one club’s domination over another.

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The Stars (2-6) are again in last position, while the Sixers (5-3) are tied for first place with the Scorchers and Thunder. When Vince hit back-to-back sixes off Trent Boult, the Sixers needed 36 runs off the final three overs (1-39).

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A total of 11 runs were needed from the last over, and Vince should have been run out looking for two off the first delivery, but fellow Englishman Joe Clarke missed his initial swipe at the stumps with the batsman short of his ground.

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Silk’s tremendous six (15 off 10) swung the game in the Sixers’ favor, but he was adjudged to have pinched Wood’s following ball behind and was given his marching orders. Christian subsequently struck his sole ball faced against Wood for four points, propelling the Sixers to win with one ball remaining. Vince’s season-high innings featured nine fours and two sixes, falling just shy of being the Sixers’ first player to hit a century.

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Stoinis has already shown his worth as one of BBL’s top performers. The Stars’ top power hitter was running at run-a-ball for the first 12 pitches he encountered before exploding for 38 of the next 12, energizing the home fans.

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Stoinis hit seven fours and two sixes as the Stars scored 34 runs off Chris Jordan and Hayden Kerr during the power outburst. Tom Rogers, acquired as a substitute for injured captain Glenn Maxwell, rode his luck at times and finished with a career-best 48 off 33 deliveries.

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However, he was denied his first BBL half-century by Jordan’s spectacular diving grab in the outfield. Sean Abbott (3-31) was the only player to capture three wickets. The Stars lost Campbell Kellaway to a cut hand when he was injured while attempting to capture Daniel Hughes (28).

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