Monday, December 24, 2018

It was a costly blow, one which former

Jos Buttler, Fawad Ahmed lead Thunder to crushing win over Sixers in Sydney Smash

It was a costly blow, one which former

On the back of a thundering half-century from Jos Buttler and three wickets to Fawad Ahmed, the Sydney Thunder have got past their cross-town rivals Sydney Sixers by 21 runs.

Set 170 for victory at Spotless Stadium, the Sixers’ innings appeared over before it got started. After nine overs, the Sixers were 6-56.
That was until an 88-run partnership between English quick Tom Curran (62 off 40) and Sean Abbott (35 off 28) added some respectability to the scoreboard, but the target always seemed beyond reach as they were finished 9/148.
Veteran spinner Ahmed proving to be the destroyer for the home side, grabbing the impressive figures of 3-33.
Only three of the Sixers’ top six managed to get into double digits, but each of Moises Henriques (15), Daniel Hughes (13) and Josh Philippe (12) failed to get past 20.
Left-arm quick Daniel Sams (3-30), Jonathan Cook (1-17 off 4) and Chris Green (1 for 19 off 3) also bowled well.
Earlier, English wicket-keeper batsman Buttler powered the home side into a position of strength.
The hard-hitting right-hander cracked 63 off 37. He was helped after being dropped by Hughes at slip for six.
It was a costly blow, one which former Australian spinner Kerry O’Keeffe immediately said in commentary could cost his team the match.
Indeed it did.
No other top order batsman from either side looked completely comfortable on a low, slow wicket particularly against the slow bowlers.
Buttler eventually fell trying to slog Australian left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe to the fence.
O’Keefe was the pick of the Sixers’ bowlers, taking 2-27, including English captain Joe Root, while Curran also took 3-24.
The 21-run victory saw the Thunder join the Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes as the only undefeated teams after two matches.


  1. THUNDER WIN! Brilliant effort by Buttler with the bat to set the game up before our bowlers took control 👏 Scorecard brought to you by

  2. Out! Ferguson juggles a catch in the deep to dismiss Abbott for 35 off the bowling of Sams ☝️ Sixers 8-148 with three balls remaining
  3. ☝️Curran caught in the deep by Cook off the bowling of Green! Sixers need 26 runs from the final over to win
  4. 12 balls remain in the innings with the needing a further 33 runs. Green to bowl the penultimate over.
  5. McAndrew back into the attack as the equation now reads 50 runs from 18 balls. Ahmed finishes with 3/33 from his four overs.
  6. With just 4 overs remaining the require a further 63 runs. Ahmed to bowl his final over
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  9. Three for Fuzz 🔥 He traps Philippe LBW for 12! Sixers 6-56 after 9 overs
  10. Doesn’t get much better!

  11. Two for Ahmed! A brilliant ball finds the middle stump and Hughes is out for 13 ☝️ Sixers 5-39 after 7 overs
  12. Fawad Ahmed has joined in on action! He’s bowled Silk for a duck ☝️ Sixers 4-34 after 6.2
  13. Out! Henriques lofts one high and Greeny takes the catch in the deep☝️Key wicket for us! Sixers 3-32 after 5.4
  14. Very tidy over from Jono Cook, the Sixers managed just two runs! Sixers 2-28 after 5 overs
  15. Wicket! First-gamer Jono Cook has trapped Jack Edwards LBW for 9☝️ Welcome to Jono!
  16. OUT! Denly bowled by Rainbird for 1 ☝️ Our first of the evening and Rainbird’s first wicket for Thunder! Sixers 1-8 after 1.3
  17. Debutant Jono Cook is opening the bowling! Sixers need 170 to win 🏏
  18. Big hitting from Jos Buttler and Daniel Sams helped us set the Sixers a chase of 170. Now it’s time to defend! Scorecard brought to you by
  19. McAndrew run out trying to rack up some late runs ☝️ Rainbird joins Cooks for the last ball! Thunder 8-169 after 19.5
  20. We need a few more of these from the final over!

  21. Another wicket falls in quick succession. Sams out after a quick fire 28 from 11 deliveries ☝️ Cook joins McAndrew in the middle now! Thunder 7-147 after 17.1
  22. ☝️Green caught out before he got a chance to get going. Almost identical dismissal to Sangha. Nathan McAndrew joins Sams in the middle as Thunder move to 6-147 after 17
  23. Sangha caught out for just 3 ☝️ Chris Green making his way to the middle now! Thunder 5-147 after 16.4
  24. Two sixes and a four to start the fifteenth over! Daniel Sams certainly not taking it easy against his old side 🔥
  25. And he’s off! Sams finds the boundary with the first two balls 💥
  26. ☝️ Root bowled by O’Keefe for 9. Big hitting Daniel Sams joins Sangha at the crease! Thunder 4-116 after 14.2
  27. Some confusion in the middle and Ferguson has been run out for 23 ☝️Jason Sangha joins Root in the middle now! Thunder 3-111 after 13.3
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  29. ☝️Buttler goes for another big shot but is caught in the deep. Fellow Englishman Joe Root to replace him at the crease now! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Thunder 2-102 after 11.5
  30. SIX! Buttler has smashed his third of the innings and counting 💥
  31. At the halfway mark we’re 1-87 with Buttler (52) and Ferguson (14) looking strong out there in the middle 💪
  32. 50 for Buttler from just 29 deliveries! He’s seeing it well tonight 🔥
  33. Huge six from Buttler* - sorry Jos!

  34. HUGE six from Ferguson to finish the seventh over! Thunder 1-73 after 8
  35. Handy 54-run partnership from Buttler and Watson to get us started tonight!
  36. Watson bowled by Abbott for 19 ☝️ Ferguson joins Buttler in the middle now! Thunder 1-54 after 5.5 overs
  37. Solid start here at Spotless Stadium! We’re 0-23 after three overs
  38. Here we go! Buttler and Watson to open the batting ⚡️