MELBOURNE: The Sydney Sixers fell six runs short of a miraculous run chase on Thursday night as the visiting Adelaide Strikers held their nerve to thrust the home side’s Big Bash campaign into disarray.
Chasing 168 for victory, all looked lost for the Sixers as they slumped to 4-58 in the ninth over but a Jordan Silk half century and superb late hitting from Steve O’Keefe (28) and Ben Dwarshuis (21 not out) almost plucked the result from the fire.
The pair needed 34 off the final two overs and then 16 off the last six balls. It came down to O’Keefe needing to plunder a six off Michael Neser’s final delivery but he was bowled and the game ended.
Earlier on Strikers wicketkeeper Alex Carey proved the destroyer but it was Jonathan Wells who stole the show, almost blasting one ball out of the SCG with the longest maximum of the Big Bash so far this summer.
Wells deposited the returning Dwarshuis on top of the Bill O’Reilly Stand with a sweetly timed sweep shot that travelled 104m, one of the largest sixes ever witnessed at the historic SCG, but it was Carey’s anchoring 83 not out in front of 25,879 fans that set up the win over a weakened Sixers.
Carey opened the batting and was unbeaten throughout taking two sixes and eight fours from his 59 balls.