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Sixers claim bragging rights in Sydney Thunder derby

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Sydney Sixers to remain atop BBL ladder after claiming the bragging rights of the Sydney Thunder in the Wednesday night derby.

The Sixers, who had set a goal of 129 to 14 overtakes due to a delay in rain during the heats break, had little trouble chasing the total, hitting their goal with eight deliveries to spare.

Today’s win puts the Sixers six points clear at the top of the ladder.

Josh Philippe played for the Sixers with the bat, shooting 64 of 36 deliveries, while spinner Steve O’Keefe produced career best 3/15 bowling tricks from four overs.

O’Keefe’s big night earned him Player of the Match honors.

“I think the feeling we have for us is to take wickets in the middle,” O’Keefe said after the game.

“We win by design. We don’t have a fixed format with the bat or the ball. We go out there and support our abilities.”

Despite a total of 166 opening innings, the Thunder will no doubt be disappointed that a higher score was not awarded after opener Alex Hales scored 54 of 34 deliveries.

With Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson and Alex Ross all starting for less than five points apiece, it was up to Daniel Sams for the Thunder who scored half a century to give his team a respectable score to defend.

Hales go bang!


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