Maxwell masterclass in vain as Sydney Sixers emerge triumphant


Aryan Surana

Glenn Maxwell's scintillating hundred was in vain as Josh Philippe, with his unbeaten 99, guided Sydney Sixers to a seven-wicket victory in a thrilling run-fest at the MCG on Wednesday. Coming in to bat at 6 for 2 after Melbourne Stars were put in to bat, Maxwell plundered a dozen boundaries and three sixes in his 57-ball knock of 103, helping his side recuperate to post a challenging total of 177/5. The skipper first combined with Nick Larkin to weave a 53-run partnership that helped stabilise the innings before stitching an 85-run partnership with Hilton Cartwright.

Having taken 35 balls to his fifty, Maxwell doubled his score in the next 19 deliveries he faced, at the close of the 18th over, shortly after losing Cartwright. He perished in the penultimate over of the innings but a couple of boundaries in the 15-run final over meant Sixers needed 178 to claim the crown of the points table.

It was a pair of centuries for Maxwell on the night as he also brought up 100 sixes in his BBL career when he whipped Dwarshuis over square leg in the fifth over, becoming just the second batter behind Chris Lynn (173) to reach the milestone.

But Sixers young gun Josh Philippe marmalised 99 not out off 61 balls, falling agonisingly short of posting the visitor's first-ever century in the competition as he ushered the Sixers to a table-topping victory. The Sixers next face the Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday at home while the Stars travel to Tasmania to take on the Hobart Hurricanes on Christmas Eve. It wasn't an outcome that the shrewdest of punters would've seen coming. For those who aren't, cricket betting tips Big Bash would be instrumental to the cause going ahead.

Maxwell masterclass not the first century-act of BBL 11

Mitchell Marsh smashed his maiden T20 ton as Perth Scorchers hammered Hobart Hurricanes by 53 runs and pocketed their third win on the bounce. Marsh made 100 not out off 60 while Tymal Mills returned figures of 23/3 to ensure the Hurricanes were no match on the night.

Recently, Colin Munro struck the maiden hundred of BBL 11 to star in Perth Scorchers' facile win against Adelaide Strikers at the Sydney Showground Stadium. Out of favour with the New Zealand side, the 34-year-old opener had a point to prove as he powered the Scorchers' innings from start to finish, with 68 of his total runs coming in boundaries – 8 fours and 6 sixes. BBL 11 has produced quite a few high-scoring affairs so far and the entertainment quotient is only going to ramp up moving forward.