Sydney Sixers secured back-to-back BBL titles by defeating Perth Scorchers in this year’s final.
James Vince hit 95 as the defending champions posted 188-6 after being put into bat.
Cameron Bancroft (30) and Liam Livingstone (45) got the Scorchers chase off to a solid start before wickets began to fall at regular intervals at the SCG.
Sixers bowler Ben Dwarshuis accounted for Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh and Aaron Hardie as Perth’s middle order failed to halt the slide.
It was Vince back in the spotlight gain for the Marsh dismissal as he pulled off a full-length catch in the field to back up his batting heroics.
Sydney, who topped the BBL league table and previously defeated Perth in the Qualifier contest, went on to complete the job with a 27-run victory.
The Big Bash League win was Sydney’s third success in the tournament and saw them equal Perth’s three previous titles.
Vince the Star for the Sixers
Englishman Vince, 29, said he felt extra responsibility after being involved in the run-out that accounted for opening partner Josh Philippe.
Speaking after the victory, he said: “It was nice to contribute, especially when Flip [Philippe] got run out. I felt that extra responsibility to try and get us going.”
Meanwhile, Vince also said he'd be keen to return to Sydney next season as the team looks for a hat-trick of Big Bash League trophies. However, he would have to enter a proposed draft system for all internationals.
He added: “I’d love to come back here, I’ve been here two-and-a-half years and I can’t speak highly enough of not just the lads but everyone behind the scenes, the coaching staff, it’s a real pleasure to be here.”
Henriques Thanks SCG Crowd
Sydney skipper Moises Henriques was quick to acknowledge the support they had at the SCG, which was sold out to a 75% capacity.
“We got used to playing in front of empty grounds so to come home tonight and have the home crowd behind us, cheering for us, is fantastic,” Henriques said.