Scorchers keep Sixers winless

02 January 2018 23:13:17 GMTPlus11
Adam Voges

Michael Klinger scored 83 as Perth Scorchers pulled off the biggest ever chase at the WACA Ground to beat Sydney Sixers.

The visitors had good contributions from Nic Maddinson, Jordan Sink and Sam Billings as they made 167/4 from their 20 overs, with 52 coming from the final five overs.

But it proved too little as they slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat and slipped from contention to make the Big Bash League semi-finals.

On a bad night all-round for the Sixers, they lost left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe when he hurt his ankle while fielding at short fine leg. Even before the match started they had in-form Daniel Hughes pull out after he strained his quad in the warm-up.

It forced the away team into a late reshuffle which saw Peter Nevill included and asked to open the batting.

Perth got over the line for their seventh BBL win in a row with five balls to spare as Klinger belted 83 from 61 deliveries and Ashton Turner made 45 from 32 balls.

The pair combined for a matchwinning 96-run stand after the Sixers had reduced them to 17/2 following a calamitous run out of Hilton Cartwright for 10.

Debutant Tim David, who made 17 from 10 balls, and captain Adam Voges sealed the deal.

David had a memorable night beginning when he was handed his Scorchers debut cap by Australian cricketing great Adam Gilchrist before the game and ending with a victory.

He was unbeaten at the end and his six off the last ball of the 19th over was a crucial moment in the contest.

Sydney Sixers are 2.87 to win their next game against Melbourne Renegades, who are 1.44.

Perth are 2.20 to win their next match against Brisbane Heat, who are 1.72.

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