Englishman and Sixers fan favourite Michael Lumb has returned to the Sixers and was back with a bang on Monday night against the Renegades.
Opening the batting alongside in-form Daniel Hughes with the team needing 171 to win, the pair had a clear plan to take on the Renegades fast bowlers.
And the ploy worked as they combined for a 72-run opening partnership, with Lumb smashing 31 runs off 22 balls including four 4s as the side eventually won by 4 wickets at the SCG.
“It was nice to get out there and get on the field again,” said Lumb on Wednesday afternoon.
“It was good to get a few runs, it felt pretty good! But the main thing is two points.
“All the boys played really well - it was a good team effort.”
The win over the Melbourne Renegades gave the Sixers their fourth win of the season and Lumb says the atmosphere inside the team is contributing to the success.
“There is always a good vibe in our camp,” said Lumb.
“It’s a pretty good bunch. Confidence is high, the guys are playing some good cricket and we’re pretty relaxed.
“We know our plans and if we can execute we know we can hopefully be on top for most of the games.”
Signed in BBL|06 as a replacement player for compatriot Jason Roy, Lumb had nothing but praise for Roy and fellow Englishman Sam Billings following their five-match stint with the Magenta.
“They were unbelievable!” said Lumb.
“I watched a lot of it back home and two fantastic players. They’re really good to watch, really dynamic, destructive players.
“It looks like they played well and had a good time. They fitted in really well with the group and stuff. But yeah, good players and they did really well.”
Lumb’s focus, and that of his team mates, now switches to the Sydney Smash at the Sydney Cricket Ground this Saturday January 14.
With the A-League’s Sydney Derby taking place at Allianz Stadium on the same night, the Sydney Sixers, Sydney FC, Sydney Thunder and Western Sydney Wanderers will celebrate ‘Derby Day’ this Saturday.
It is shaping as the largest sporting crowd in the precinct at once since the 1965 NSWRFL grand final, when 78,056 fans watched St George beat South Sydney to win their 10th straight premiership.
This will be one of the busiest nights of sport in Sydney all year. There will be high levels of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the lead up to and after these concurrent events.
The SCG Trust, Sixers and Sydney FC have been working with the NSW Police, Transport NSW and other key stakeholders to ensure fans enjoy a historic night of sport at Moore Park.