Thunder out of finals race

14 January 2018 20:58:31 GMTPlus11
James Vince

Sydney Thunder are officially out of the running to make the Big Bash League finals, after going down to rivals Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

The Sixers won by eight wickets on the last ball thanks to last-over runs from the returning Moises Henriques.

After the Thunder made 156-6 from their 20 overs their rivals, who hadn't won all season, got a telling contribution from Englishman Joe Denly in his first game for the club.

He smashed 42 off 29 balls including three sixes to put them in a commanding position, before the tight bowling of spinners Chris Green (0-22) and Fawad Ahmed (1-22) brought the Thunder back into the match.

The Sixers needed nine from the last over and Henriques, who had taken 2-25 with the ball, got them over the line with 18 from 13 balls to lift them off the bottom of the table.

It means the BBL is now a five-horse race with two weeks to play to the finals, with the Hurricanes the only team who can knock Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or Melbourne Renegades out of the play-offs.

Denly's opening partner Daniel Hughes anchored the innings with an unbeaten 66 from 55 balls.

Earlier, Green put the Thunder back in the game with the bat with a quick-fire 49 off 27 balls as part of a 59-run stand with Arjun Nair (17).

Having scored at a run a ball in the first 10 overs, the visitors added 96 runs in the second half of their innings.

Englishman James Vince made 34 before holing out to Ashes foe Nathan Lyon on the long-on boundary.

Sydney Sixers are 2.10 to win their next game against Melbourne Stars, who are 1.80.

Joe Denly is 4.00 to be the Sixers' top batsman.

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