Scorchers' bowlers break Sixers' winning streak
Perth Scorchers 3 for 114 (Gibbs 40) beat Sydney Sixers 9 for 113 (Beer 2-19, Thomas 2-27, Cartwright 2-41) by 7 wickets
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Chastened by the cloudy circumstances of their heavy defeat to the Melbourne Stars, the Perth Scorchers summoned a sharp display in the field to defeat the Sydney Sixers in the BBL match at the SCG.
In doing so, the Scorchers ended the Sixers' winning streak at 12, a run that had taken the team to both last summer's BBL title and that of the Champions League in South Africa. The hosts were never likely to add a 13th win from the moment they slid to a wretched 6 for 28 after being sent in by Perth, leaving only the most mediocre of targets that Herschelle Gibbs' strokeplay hastened into view.
The Scorchers' bowling ensemble was strong, led by Nathan Coulter-Nile's parsimonious 1 for 9 from his four overs, while Michael Beer dismissed Daniel Smith and Brad Haddin with deliveries that spun enough to draw outside edges.
No Sixers batsman passed 10 before a trio of rearguards by Steve O'Keefe, Ian Moran and Brett Lee swelled the tally a little. Perth's batsmen needed only to avoid early wickets for their chase to find safe passage, and Gibbs added 51 with Shaun Marsh, who had recovered from a hamstring strain to take part.
Gibbs and Marcus North fell in consecutive overs, but by then the damage had been well and truly done.
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