BBL 2014/15 32nd Match: Silk’s heroics leads Sixers to thrilling last-ball win

Silk walloped one boundary and five sixes during his match-winning knock of 69

Silk walloped one boundary and five sixes during his match-winning knock of 69

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Sydney Sixers batsman Jordan Silk hammered an unbeaten 69 to lead his side to a thrilling last-ball win over their crosstown rivals, the Sydney Thunder.

However, Thunder batsmen Jacques Kallis and Aiden Blizzard deserve a lot of credit as they both made half-centuries.

Sixers captain Nic Maddinson would have been mulling over his decision to bowl first after Kallis and Cameron Delport amassed a 74-run partnership before Delport was caught by Riki Wessels at deep midwicket off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 30.

Kallis went on to score 56 off 43 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Doug Bollinger off the bowling of Lyon.

Kallis made a gutsy 56

Kallis made a gutsy 56

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Debutant Chris Green only made three runs before he was brilliantly caught by Jordan Silk off the bowling of Sean Abbott.

Thunder skipper Michael Hussey mustered nine runs before he was caught by Bollinger off the bowling of Lyon.

Thanks to Blizzard’s unbeaten knock of 51, which came off 36 balls and included five boundaries, the Thunder finished on 154/4 off their 20 overs.

Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with three wicket, while Abbott chipped in with one.

Chasing 155 to win, the Sixers got off to a poor start as opening batsman Michael Lumb was given out lbw off the bowling of Josh Lalor for one run.

Maddinson scored 15 runs before he was clean bowled by Lalor.

Lalor struck again just three balls later when Ed Cowan was caught by Nathan Hauritz for a duck.

Wessels managed to make 30 runs before he was cleaned up by Ahillen Beadle.

Ryan Carters failed to have an impact with the bat as he was clean bowled by Lalor.

Silk and Abbott steered the innings back in the right direction with a 54-run partnership, during which Silk registered his half-century, before Abbott was caught by Daniel Hughes at long-off off the bowling of Chris Tremain for 21.

Needing 23 to win off the last over, Silk smashed 15 runs off the first four balls.

With eight runs separating the Sixers from beating their rivals, Steve O’Keefe hammered boundaries off the last two deliveries to lead his side to a stunning come-from-behind win.

Silk ended up making a career-best 69 off 43 balls, which included one boundary and five sixes, while O’Keefe remained undefeated on nine off three deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Lalor was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Beadle and Tremain claimed one wicket each.

Lalor finished with a career-best 4-29 off four overs

Lalor finished with a career-best 4-29 off four overs

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Silk was named Man of the Match for his spectacular knock of 69.

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