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Jordan Silk smashed an unbeaten 67 and Steve O’Keefe took three wickets as the Sydney Sixers beat the Perth Scorchers by 17 runs.
Choosing to bat first, the Sixers lost debutant Jack Edwards early on as he was caught by Ashton Agar at extra cover off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for 13.
Captain Moises Henriques and Joe Denly fell shortly after, but Daniel Hughes and Silk came to the rescue with a 124-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.
Hughes ended up making a 44-ball 62, which included four boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Agar at long-on off the bowling of Andrew Tye.
With Silk going on to score an unbeaten 67, which came off 49 deliveries and included three boundaries and a six, the Sixers finished on 164/4.
Behrendorff was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Tye and Jhye Richardson chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 165 to win, the Scorchers got off to the worst possible start as Sam Whiteman was stumped by Josh Philippe off the bowling of O’Keefe on the first ball of the innings.
O’Keefe then struck twice in his next over as he removed David Willey and Michael Klinger for four and three runs respectively.
With the Scorchers struggling at 9/3, skipper Ashton Turner and Hilton Cartwright came to the rescue with a 99-run partnership before Turner was dismissed by Sean Abbott for a 39-ball 49, which included four boundaries.
The Scorchers began to lose wickets at regular intervals once Turner fell, including Cartwright, who was run out for a 39-ball 53, which included four boundaries and a six.
As a result of this, the Scorchers fell short of their target as they finished on 147/8 off their 20 overs.
O’Keefe and Abbott snapped up three wickets apiece, while Ben Dwarshuis claimed one.
O’Keefe was named Man of the Match.