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The BBL|07 season that was: Sixers

07 February 2018

After a slow start to their BBL|07 campaign, the Sydney Sixers stormed home to win their final four matches and finish the regular season as arguably the form side of the competition.

Position: 5th

Wins: 4 Losses: 6

Highest total: 5-190 v Melbourne Stars, January 23

Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars Match Highlights

Highest individual score: Joe Denly, 72 v Melbourne Stars

Best individual bowling figures: Sean Abbott, 4-11 v Brisbane Heat

Highlights: The Sixers started their BBL|07 campaign with a narrow final-ball loss to cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder, and while that result itself was not a highlight, the performance of BBL debutant Daniel Sams certainly was. Sams picked up the impressive figures of 4-14 on his debut in magenta and announced himself as a player to keep an eye on in future Big Bash seasons.

The mid-season acquisitions of Joe Denly and Carlos Brathwaite provided the impetus to the Sixers' fast finish to their season. Denly impressed with 146 runs at a strike rate of 131.53, while Brathwaite picked up six wickets and added plenty of flair to the Sixers' line-up with his energetic on-field persona and funky dance moves.

 
Brathwaite celebrates Yasir's wicket with a dance


Bowling ace: While it was Abbott who took the mantle of the Sixers' leading wicket-taker for the second season running, the impact made by Nathan Lyon at the back end of the season cannot be overstated enough. After returning to the magenta from international duty, Lyon used all his experience and guile to finish with seven wickets at the superb economy rate of 5.88 from his four matches.

Batting star: Nic Maddinson finished the BBL|07 campaign as the Sixers' leading run scoring with 291 runs at a strike rate of 145.50. After making a handful of starts early in the tournament, Maddinson hit his straps in the final few matches including a pair of explosive half-centuries against the Melbourne Stars.

Nic Maddinson Innings

On the rise: After missing the first two matches of the season through injury, Ben Dwarshuis established himself as a key member of the Sixers' best XI. Dwarshuis made life difficult for opposition batsmen

What they need for BBL|08: To start the season faster. Had the Sixers won just one of their opening six matches, they would have found themselves with a semi-final berth. The nucleus of the squad will remain together for BBL|08 and with the potential addition of new faces in some key areas, the Sixers will look to return to finals action next campaign.

Every Sixers Six from BBL|07

 

In a nutshell: Despite their impressive finish to the season, the Sixers were ultimately made to pay for their slow start to the campaign. It was a case of what might've been for the men in magenta, with the of the Sixers' losses being decided on the final ball of the match. The fact the Sixers finished with the second best net run rate of any team in the competition is a fair reflection of how close they came in their losses and how dominant they were in their victories.