BBL 2018/19 8th Match: Buttler leads the way as Thunder triumph in Sydney derby

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Jos Buttler hammered six boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 63

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Jos Buttler walloped an entertaining 37-ball 63 as the Sydney Thunder defeated their crosstown rivals, the Sydney Sixers, by 21 runs.

Being put in to bat first, the Thunder got off to a great start as Buttler and captain Shane Watson amassed a 54-run partnership before Watson was clean bowled by Sean Abbott for 19.

Buttler and Callum Ferguson kept the runs flowing with a 48-run stand, during which Buttler surpassed his half-century, before he was dismissed by Steve O’Keefe for 63, which came off 37 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes.

Ferguson went on to make 23 before he was run out.

Once Ferguson was gone, the Thunder began to lose wickets regularly, but Daniel Sams’ 11-ball 28 helped his side finish on 169/9.

Tom Curran was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while O’Keefe took two, and Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 170 to win, the Sixers got off to a poor start as opener Joe Denly was clean bowled by Sam Rainbird for one run.

Jack Edwards only scored nine runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Jonathan Cook.

Captain Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Daniel Hughes and Josh Philippe fell soon to leave the Sixers in serious trouble at 56/6 in the ninth over.

However, Curran and Abbott put up a valiant fight as they forged an 88-run stand, during which Curran brought up his fifty, before he was dismissed by Chris Green for 62, which came off 40 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Abbott went on to make 35 before he was sent packing by Sams.

Despite Curran and Abbott’s efforts, the Sixers ended up losing as they finished on 148/9.

Sams and Fawad Ahmed snapped up three wickets apiece, while Cook, Rainbird and Green claimed one wicket each.

Buttler was named Man of the Match.

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