Josh Philippe claims for the Aussie call-up after playing a match-winning knock for Sixers against Perth Scorchers
Sydney Sixers stays on the top of the table after an easy win over Perth Scorchers in match 41 at Manuka Oval on Saturday, Josh Philippe starts with his match-winning knock.
It was the fightback from Sixers bowling unit which kept them alive in the game although they had a rough start. They remained on the top after bowling, performing their job and Josh Philippe starring in the chase.
It all started when the skipper, Daniel Hughes put down the run machine Liam Livingstone in the powerplay of first innings, the right-hander batsman survived many chances before making his half-century near the 10th over mark.
But his departure on 67 in the 11th over brought a terrible collapse for Scorchers right when the Power Surge was implemented.
Ashton Turner, Josh Inglis and Cameron Bancroft all of them deceived their side after scoring only in single figures, which left Scorchers helpless on 121-5 in 14 overs.
It was Colin Munro and Aaron Hardie who took their side to a competitive total of 163-7 in 20 overs. Carlos Brathwaite, Jake Ball and Dan Christian took double wickets each from the bowling side.
While chasing Josh Philippe put a strong hand after hitting multiple boundaries inside 4 overs and claiming his half-century. He was partnered with the powerhouse, James Vince and both of them thundered on Scorchers with a massive 106 runs stand.
The masterclass match-winning innings from Josh Philippe can help him find ways to earn the national Jersey of green and gold in the upcoming summer, as a 23-year-old debutant for the Australian cricket team.
He already scored three half-centuries in the BBL season 10 and this was his highest score of the league so far. Eventually, Jhye Richardson got rid of him but he had already done his job after scoring 84 off just 52 balls including 10 fours and a six.
James Vince was dismissed on 52 a few balls later but it was too late for Scorchers as both the batsmen had already done the damage and Daniel Hughes scored the winning runs to take his side home in match 41. Sydney Sixers stood firm on top of the table, like a boss!
Sydney Sixers: Josh Philippe (WK), Justin Avendano, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (C), Jordan Silk, Dan Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve O‘Keefe, Jackson Bird, Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope.
X-factors: Ben Manenti, Hayden Kerr
Perth Scorchers: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (WK), Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Turner (C), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
X-Factors: Kurtis Patterson, Joel Paris