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Big Bash preview: Pride on the line at SCG

Local pride and bragging rights will be at stake on Friday when Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder clash at the SCG.

The Sixers will be heading into finals and are priced at 5.50 to go all the way and win BBL 13, while the Thunder have missed out after a disappointing campaign.

However there is still all to play for between the two arch rivals and we could be in for a cracker at the iconic venue.

The two sides did meet on 30th December but unfortunately bad weather also played a part and the game was abandoned.

Thousands of supporters were left disappointed at the SCG and hopefully we will get a result one way or the other on Friday.

WhatSydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder
WhereSCG, Sydney
When18:15 (AEST) Friday 12th January 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo 

Sixers target strong finish

The Sixers are once again in the mix for BBL glory, and with just two games of the regular season to play, they will be looking for a strong finish.

First up is the derby clash against the Thunder, before they travel to the west to take on the Perth Scorchers.

It has been a frustrating campaign for the Sixers, with two of their games washed out, while they have also lost a couple.

There have still been four wins, including the seven-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars on Saturday.

After winning the toss and deciding to bowl, the Sixers restricted the Stars to 156-4 off their 20 overs, and it proved to be enough.

Todd Murphy was the pick of the bowlers when taking two wickets for the loss of just 15 runs off his four overs.

Tom Curran and Ben Dwarshuis also took a wicket each as the Stars failed to put on the big score that was needed.

The Sixers then impressed with the bat when reaching the target with 11 balls to spare.

James Vince was the Team – Top Batter on this occasion when smashing 79 runs off 57 deliveries, while Daniel Hughes also made 41.

Jordan Silk finished 13 not-out and the Sixers have a handful of players who are capable of a match-winning innings.

Season over Thunder

Sydney Thunder have nothing but pride to play for after winning just one game so far this season.

The seven-wicket defeat they suffered against the Perth Scorchers on Monday ended any hopes they had of making a late charge for finals.

There were some positives to take from the loss, including the performance of Alex Hales with the bat.

The Englishman smashed 72 runs off 55 deliveries, but did not have the support of his team-mates as the Thunder struggled to 137-8.

They did have to deal with Ashton Agar however, with the spin bowler posting outstanding figures of 2-6 off his four overs.

The Thunder attempted to fight back with the ball with Nathan McAndrew the pick of the bowlers taking 2-27, while Chris Green picked up the only other wicket as Perth got home with five deliveries to spare.

The Thunder will now be keen to finish strongly and avoid the wooden spoon. They can be backed at 3.00 to finish bottom.

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