Out: Chris Tremain celebrates the wicket of David Warner. Photo: Getty Images
DAVID Warner squared off against Chris Tremain on Saturday night at the SCG in what would have been billed as a mismatch of epic proportions - that is if the latter's name mistakenly popped up on the Big Bash League's promotional material.
As it stood, in the lime green Thunder corner was Tremain - an unheralded paceman from Yeoval, population 317, near Dubbo in western New South Wales. The 21-year-old has played one first-class game for the Blues but is best known for his red-ball work with Sydney grade club University of NSW.
In the pink Sixers' corner was Warner - arguably the world's premier Twenty20 batsman and the man that most of the crowd had come to see.
The knockout came not from Warner's willow but the swing and pace of Tremain. After a probing short ball, Tremain floated a wide delivery, a good way outside off stump. The 26-year-old, earning more in his two-ball appearance than Tremain will in his entire BBL campaign, could not resist and wicketkeeper Ryan Carters snaffled the edge as Warner left for a duck.
Tremain later bowled Nic Maddinson to claim figures of 2-27 and be the Thunder's best.
The Sixers strolled to a seven-wicket win, reaching the victory target of 144 with eight balls to spare.
Sixers skipper Brad Haddin clubbed 59 from 48 balls before being bowled by Sean Abbott with the scores tied. But the wicketkeeper had put on 83 with Steve Smith, who remained 41 not out, to set up the emphatic victory.
Moises Henriques struck a boundary off his first delivery to bring up the winning runs - and the Sixers' 12th straight Twenty20 win.
The fixture was played in front of a crowd of just 15,279 - a far cry from the 25,000 organisers had hoped for.
The Thunder was reduced to 5-143 off 20 overs. It crashed only four sixes, struggled to rotate the strike regularly and failed to form a partnership of note until No. 6 Ryan Carters (33 not out) and No. 7 Sean Abbott (24 not out) put on an unbeaten 55-run stand off 28 balls.
Paceman Luke Feldman was the best of the Sixers' bowlers with 2-19, but Mitchell Starc (2-27) sent a timely reminder to Australia's national selectors. Fresh from snaring eight wickets in the WACA Ground Test, left-armer Starc swung the ball with venom to snare Usman Khawaja (19) and Cameron Borgas (11).
The 22-year-old reduced the Thunder to 4-77 when he rattled the stumps of Borgas.