As we continue to build towards the opening ball of BBL 06, we take a look back at the top 6 moments in the history of the Sydney Sixers!
1. With the re-modelling of the T20 tournament in Australia to city based franchises, BBL 01 in 2012 brought a lot of memories for the newly formed Sixers but none more so, than their emphatic win in the inaugural Big Bash League season.
The Sixers went through the preliminary round with five wins and two defeats to qualify in 3rd They then defeated the Hobart Hurricanes in the Semi Final before a triumphant seven-wicket win against the Perth Scorchers in the final at the WACA where the Sixers chased down 158 with seven balls to spare on the back of a brilliant 70 off 41 balls to Moises Henriques
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2. Backing up the magenta’s marvelous win in BBL 01, the Sixers qualified for the Champions League T20 in South Africa. Facing some of the best T20 teams in the world, the Sixers proved that they weren’t afraid of the big stage cruising through the group stage with four wins out of four matches.
In the semi-final’s they won off the last ball against South African side Titans after Pat Cummins held his nerve to collect a quick single.
The final wasn’t nearly as dramatic with the Sixers dismissing Highveld Lions for a modest 121 and then crunching home to win in the 13th Michael Lumb’s blistering 82 not out from 42 balls had fans ducking for cover in the grandstands in one of the great T20 innings.
3. One of the mainstays since its inception, Brett Lee was a fan favourite for Sixers fans young and old. His final match in magenta was a typical Brett Lee performance full of guts and determination.
In the final of BBL 04 against arch-rivals the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Lee was tasked with bowling the final over with the Scorchers requiring eight runs to win.
Seven runs from the first three deliveries dashed Sixers hopes but Brett wasn’t done yet. In the next two balls he showed his class and experience by bowling Nathan Coulter-Nile and then Sam Whiteman first ball with an absolute cracker of a delivery.
Perth scampered home off the final ball but Brett Lee was written in to Sixers folklore with an amazing performance finishing with figures of 3-25 off four overs.
4. Jordan Silk caused the Thunder and more specifically Josh Lalor nightmares with the bat in this thrilling Sydney Derby in BBL 04.
In front of a record Sydney crowd of 36,487 at the SCG, the Sixers looked down and out against their cross town rivals requiring 56 runs off the last three overs followed by 23 runs off the final over.
Facing Josh Lalor who had remarkable figures of 4-8 off three overs, he dispatched the Thunder seamer for two huge sixes over mid-wicket off the second and third balls of the over to set up Steve O’Keefe to hit two fours off the last two balls (including a match winning boundary off the final ball where the Sixers required four runs to win) to pull off one of the greatest Sixers wins of all time.
5. Labelled by Ricky Ponting as the best fielder in Australia, Jordan Silk didn’t waste any time in endearing himself to the Sixers faithful with an amazing catch against the Heat in BBL03 diving full stretch to his left aided by a superman dive to dismiss Craig Kieswetter.
Not content with one amazing fielding achievement Silk removed Thunder batsman Chris Green in BBL 04 after he hit a length ball from Sean Abbott high on the leg side, Silk sprinted in from the deep, avoided a clash with team mate Steve O’Keefe and dived full length scooping up the ball inches off the grass for the catch of the tournament.
Can Silk break the internet again this season?
6. Mitchell Starc’s quick Yorker did more than just remove Jacques Kallis’s middle stump, it also removed the stump cam!
In BBL 04 in the Sydney Derby, Starc Bowling at speeds in excess of 145 km/h delivered a devilish in-swinger that deceived Kallis, knocked out his middle stump and ripped the stump cam right out of the ground leaving it decimated on the ground!