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Live Big Bash League Semi-Final: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers

Big basher: Craig Simmons launches into another powerful shot during his innings of 112 at the SCG.
Big basher: Craig Simmons launches into another powerful shot during his innings of 112 at the SCG. Photo: Getty Images

Scorchers win. Scorchers win. Brett Lee unable to collect with a ball wide of the off stump. Scorchers win by five runs. Drama? There was plenty. Andrew Wu's report from the match will be up on the Sydney Morning Herald website shortly. Thanks to everyone who read the blog tonight. In the end Perth scored a deserved win. 

Brett Lee is on strike. What price he launches this? The SCG Members Stand is in his sights.

 

Run out. Maddinson is gone. Umpire Paul Wilson doesn't go upstairs. GONE. Sydney now six wickets down. 1 ball, five runs needed. Six to win. 

Who is the favourite now??? 

Four to Maddinson. Seven off two balls. Six runs for a super over.

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Boundary for Maddinson. 11 off 3 needed. This is exciting stuff.

Now we have a referral. Not out. 15 off 5 needed. 

Daniel Smith his a four off his first ball. Then he gets bowled. One over remains. Sydney need 17 runs and have six balls to go. 

Sean Abbott has been run out trying to sneak a single from a ball that went through to the keeper. The good news for Sixers is that Maddinson is still there. Cosgrove goes for a golden duck. Sydney now need 21 off 8 balls.

 

The red bails light up but Maddinson makes it back for a second run. Maddinson, who was dropped earlier, looms as Sydney's match winner.

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Brad Hogg's over goes for 14 runs, with Maddinson to the fore. 24 needed of 12 balls.

wicket!

Michael Lumb is out and the Sixers are in trouble early. Lumb scores one off six balls before being caught in the deep on the leg side. Horrible result considering the task at hand. Sixers 1-8 off 1.2 overs.

Nic Maddinson hits a four off his first ball. Lumb ends the first ball with a leg bye. Eight runs for Sydney. They now need 46 off 24 balls. 

Thomas hits back well with two dot balls. Every dot ball hurts the Sixers. Michael Lumb is one off 3 balls. 

Alphonso Thomas to bowl the first over. This is the powerplay. Starts with a wide. 

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What should the Sixers do? Use their regular openers? Lumb and Maddinson and coming out, so that answers that.

The equation is simple. 54 runs off 30 balls. 10 wickets. This could be something else.

In other news, Craig Simmons won't field due to a hip injury. Hitting 11 sixes will fatigue anyone.  

They're gonna be back. Five overs for the Sixers. They need 54 runs.  Fielding restrictions for one over. Each bowler gets to bowl one over. 

Man, this is agonising stuff. Will they play, or won't they? Uncertainty abounds. 

In other news, a big shout out to each of the 403 people sticking solid with the blog and waiting for play to resume. It as also started to rain again. The covers are going back on. Perth look to be in strife again. 

The rain has stopped. I repeat the rain has stopped. Perth are a hope again. Or are they? It is now looking like the Sixers will get five or six overs.

 

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