Sixers v Scorchers, BBL, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

Simmons 112 powers Scorchers to final

The Report by Alex Malcolm

February 5, 2014

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Perth Scorchers 5 for 193 (Simmons 112) beat Sydney Sixers 6 for 48 (Maddinson 36) by five runs (D/L method)
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Craig Simmons scored his second T20 century, Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, BBL 2nd semi-final, Sydney, February 5, 2014
Craig Simmons scored his second T20 ton of the season © Getty Images
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Craig Simmons produced another extraordinary performance with the bat to score his second century of the tournament and send Perth Scorchers to the Champions League 2014 and ensure they host their third successive BBL final, against Hobart Hurricanes on Friday.

Remarkably, despite Simmons' innings, they were two minutes from elimination after an agonising downpour delayed the start of Sydney Sixers' run-chase. The game had to restart by 10.37pm local time or it would have been abandoned and the Sixers would have progressed without facing a delivery. But the rain relented at 10.35pm and the Sixers were asked to chase 54 from five overs and fell five runs short.

It would have been unjust if Simmons' work was washed away in vain. Few could have predicted he could have produced another innings as spectacular as his record-breaking 39-ball century against the Adelaide Strikers. This innings was different in some ways, but so similar in others.

The anomaly was his start. Halfway through the eighth over, Simmons had scored just 6 from 16 balls, having watched Simon Katich take most of the strike before he was caught at third man for 26, off 21 balls

Simmons then kick-started his barrage of sixes with a mis-hit over long-on off Trent Copeland. It took until the 11th over before his score overtook his balls faced. But thereafter, he hit 10 sixes in 32 balls. The only man who was spared was Mitchell Starc but he inside-edged the left-arm seamer to fine leg for four to bring up his century. Simmons received great support from Adam Voges who quietly accumulated 31 at the other end.

The Scorchers' euphoria of scoring 5 for 193 was quickly tempered as the rain fell swiftly and without interruption.

The Sixers' large chase was reduced to 54 from 30 balls and it initially played into their favour. Michael Lumb and Nic Maddinson took eight runs from Alfonso Thomas' first over. Then Jason Behrendorff swung the game back in Scorchers' corner with a double-strike in one over. Lumb and Ravi Bopara both holed out and Maddinson was also dropped at deep cover by the substitute Hilton Cartwright.

That nearly proved costly as Maddinson smashed 36 from 16 balls to take the Sixers closer. He needed seven runs off the final two deliveries of the match having already found the boundary twice off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the final over. But Maddinson was run out trying to scramble back for two on the penultimate ball, with Sam Whiteman brilliantly gloving an awkward throw from the deep. Brett Lee failed to lay bat on ball, needing to hit the last ball over the rope.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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Posted by Chris_P on (February 6, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

@nikhil_syal . Whether the D/L rule was fair or not is inconsequential in this case. We are talking about a 20 over match being reduced to 5 overs for a result. Whether the Sixers won or not, I still feel the fans have been slam dunked on this. The only way this could be construed as fair is for the BBL final & CL matches are played under the same scenario, i.e. the team batting second have 5 overs to decide the match.

Posted by nikhil_indian_fan on (February 6, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

for a match as important as a semi-final there must always be a reserve day in case of rain. the target given to sixers was totally unfair, making 54 in 5 overs is way easier than 193 in 20. if sixers had won it wud have been thanks to rain and not because they were the better team. in the end the better team did go through but for a moment the sixers were given a totaly unfair chance which shud not happen. i hope the organizers keep a reserve day from next time.

Posted by DaveFromFreo on (February 6, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

Actually for the first time in my many years of seeing it decide matches - finally the Duckworth Lewis method made some sense!. Sixers needed just short of 10 off 20 overs - that being marginally increased to 10 and a bit of less overs. With such vastly reduced chances to lose all wickets ( would have had to lose a wicket every three balls ) that seems a totally reasonable target. If they couldn't get that there was no way they would have average 9.8 over 20 overs!!! Did you guys who criticised it actually think it through first? Of course the whole idea of a match over 20 overs a side being taken seriously is complete nonsense - but if that's what it takes to get the money to keep people in the game, that boys is how it will be!

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 6, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

his second 50 came off 16 balls............

Posted by CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

@bren19 I reckon D/L is more unbalanced in T20s. My favourite example is England vs West Indies in 2010- England scored 190 odd in 20 overs- West Indies needed 60 from 6

Posted by Chris_P on (February 6, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Seriously, 5 overs to decide a match? Is this the depths we have sunk? Is it me or do serious minded fans enjoy getting slam dunked? This is the future of cricket? And some say Test cricket is dying!

Posted by badyon on (February 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

@Swan_Drought

Yeah dorf was good - but the Cummins over began with the Sixers (for the first and only time during the match) favourite to win - right after Maddinson took Hoggy to the cleaners. If there was a "turning point" - it was that over. The quality of the dismissals was also much better - caught behind and a bowl (not outfield slog catches) and there were more dismissals (3 wickets fell in the Cummins over). His over was unreal. To not even rate a mention in the post match write up was bizarre. Cummins will change the face of world cricket.

Posted by Swan_Draught on (February 6, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

@baydon as great as the Cummins over was I believe that Behrendorff managed an even better over. Got 2 for 5 and really should have had Maddinson as well.

Posted by badyon on (February 6, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

No mention of the Cummins over? Serious class, that was. Even the 4 was a great ball. Someone needs to put him on a plane to Jo'berg.

Posted by LoungeChairCritic on (February 6, 2014, 0:02 GMT)

@Tarun Goyal & @Afridibest yes he is available for the IPL auction. At 31 he thought his cricket career was over. He is currently an apprentice electrician with Western Power (A semi government power provider) probably on about $40k to $60k Aus per annum (The median wage in Perth is probably $70k per annum). If an IPL team comes knocking on his door, I am sure Western Power will be an understanding employer. Simmon's is playing with pure freedom because he has nothing to loose. As a former Australian under 19 player who played with George Bailey and Shaun Marsh, he always had the potential to make it.

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