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Sixers v Heat: Sixers’ double strike forced Heat reset

The final for BBL13 has arrived at a sold-out SCG, with a red-hot Brisbane Heat taking on the perennial threats Sydney Sixers.

Heat opener Josh Brown is coming off a mammoth 140 to secure the Heat’s passage to the decider.

8.05PM – SIXERS STRIKE

Brisbane Heat skipper Nathan McSweeney has holed out to deep backward square for 33 off 31.

McSweeney had been looking good in support of Brown, but tried to sink a ball into the crowd and was well caught on the rope by Todd Murphy.

The next over, veteran Steve O’Keefe had the danger man Brown caught LBW in his final over after Moises Henriques sent the not-out call upstairs.

The replay showed the ball hitting the pad on the way through to the bat, overturning the on-field not-out call.

O’Keefe has 99 BBL wickets in his career.

7.55PM – BROWN GOES BANG TO BRING UP 50

Josh Brown has hit back-to-back sixes off Hayden Kerr to motor along to 50 off 32 in the Big Bash decider.

Brown was scratchy early but has now fired up, and made his way to a half century.

Nathan McSweeney is ably supporting him at the other end with 27 off 24 as we bring up the 10 over mark.

How big can he go?

7:40PM – HAS BEN DWARSHUIS DROPPED THE BIG BASHES?

Sixers fielders would have been psyching themselves up for the past 48 hours to catch anything Josh Brown hit their way, but they failed at the first attempt with the left-arm quick spilling a tough chance in the outfield.

Just days after he whacked the equal second-fastest century in BBL history, Brown struggled to get going on a slow deck at the SCG.

The Heat opener was three off 10 when he whipped Jack Edwards to the leg-side boundary where Dwarshuis came forward but couldn’t hold on.

The ball trickled to the boundary and was the reprieve he needed with Brown letting loose the following over with a six and a four to help the visitors recover after they lost Jimmy Peirson in the opening over.

7:20PM – SIXERS RISK PAYS OFF EARLY

A gutsy decision to bowl first has paid off with the Sixers striking in an action-packed over to leave the Brisbane Heat on the back foot.

After surviving first ball when an edge landed just short of Josh Philippe, Jimmy Peirson continued to ride his luck when he slashed a short ball past Hayden Kerr who got a hand to it.

But the opener’s luck ran out with Sean Abbott finding the outside edge to leave the visitors 1/5 with big-hitting Josh Brown still at the crease.

EARLIER: HENRIQUES NAMES DESPITE TESTING POSITIVE

Sydney Sixers skipper Moises Henriques has confirmed he’ll isolate in a separate change room for the BBL final after the club revealed he had tested positive to Covid on Monday.

The veteran all-rounder did media at the SCG on Tuesday afternoon and spoke to reporters for more than 18 minutes before he took photos with Heat captain Nathan McSweeney who knew he was sick.

Some concerns have been raised with how the Sixers and Cricket NSW delayed announcing Henriques’ positive Covid test for almost 48 hours.

The pre-match press conference on Tuesday had at least a dozen media members in attendance, all in proximity to Henriques despite his positive test.

However, Cricket NSW is adamant that duty of care was adhered to as social distancing was maintained and the press conference took place outside.

“Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques tested positive to Covid on Monday and as a result has had modified contact with others since,” the club wrote in a statement just hours before Wednesday’s final.

“Sixers players and staff, the Brisbane Heat, match officials and broadcast/media have been informed so they can determine appropriate action. Henriques is in no doubt to take his place in the KFC BBL|13 Final.”

Covid has been running rampant in the Australian team this week with Travis Head dealing with the virus, before Cricket Australia revealed on Wednesday that coach Andrew McDonald and Cameron Green had also tested positive.

Henriques hit 59 against the Heat on Friday to help the Sixers qualify for a seventh BBL final, with the competition’s most-capped captain getting close to returning to full health.

He spoke to Fox Cricket an hour before the game on Wednesday night but kept his distance from the panel members.

“I knew there was a reason I was struggling to come back for two the past couple of games,” he joked, with Dan Hughes replacing him at the bat flip.

“I got tested at the end of last game and tested positive, but I’ve actually been starting to feel better the past couple of days so hopefully I’ll be able to come back for a couple of twos tonight.

“In terms of tonight, I’ve got a separate change room to the rest of the team.

“I probably feel better than I did the past two nights so maybe the horse has bolted a little bit.

“Hopefully our boys get through tonight okay and I haven’t infected any of the team or the staff over the past couple of games.

“Thankfully for the vaccinations and all this new-age technology and all that where we’re able to play rather than get locked up for two weeks.”


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