James Vince led the Sixers to a nail-biting final over win over the Stars, despite a chaotic finish that saw him nearly run out before a contentious review on Jordan Silk’s dismissal.

The Sixers made 4-176 from 19.5 overs in reply to the Melbourne Stars’ 5-173 at the MCG, with Vince leading the visitors to a six-wicket victory with an unbeaten knock of 91 that included nine fours and two sixes.

A Dan Christian four off the second last ball guided the Sydney Sixers to victory, despite a frantic final over.

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Stars wicketkeeper Joe Clarke firstly missed an opportunity to run Vince out, catching a long throw from the outfield but producing an air swing when attempting to take the stumps as an exhausted Vince scrambled to make his ground.

“Is that the season (for the Stars)?” Brett Lee said on Fox Cricket.

After a Vince single, Silk heaved a Luke Wood delivery over the long-on boundary for six, meaning the Sixers only required two runs to win off three balls.

Then after Silk missed a cut shot that went through to the keeper, Vince called Silk through for a single. Wood gathered the shy from the keeper and hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end, leading to a unique ‘combined review’ for the umpires to check the run out and the Stars to question whether Silk edge the ball through to Clarke.

Silk was ultimately given out caught behind, despite replays showing a distance between the bat and ball when a spike on ‘snicko’ appeared.

Silk appeared to strongly disagree with the decision, staying out on the field and giving the ‘review’ signal — despite the fact the decision had already been reviewed by Adam Zampa. But he had to go.

Asked if he nicked the ball, Silk told Fox Cricket post-game: “I definitely heard a noise as it went past my bat and I saw up there that there was a spike on snicko as it was going past (my bat). But then the front-on camera showed I was about that far away from it, so I’m not sure how they’ve come up with that.

“That’s what I saw on the screen, so that what was I was going off (when I tried to review). But I reckon I was run out at the other end anyway.

“It’s following me at the moment, controversy. I don’t know, it was a bizarre moment. I went from thinking I was out on the snicko and then I saw a gap on the other camera.

“It could’ve blown up, no doubt.”

But Christian’s boundary ensured there would be no significant post-match fallout for the Sixers.

Josh Philippe was first man out for the Sixers caught by Campbell Kellaway off Nathan Coulter-Nile for 10 from 13 balls.

Daniel Hughes scored 28 from 22 before he was caught by Kellaway off Beau Webster.

Moises Henriques smashed two fours and a six in his 23 from 14 balls before he was caught by Rogers to give Trent Boult a wicket in his last match of BBL12.

Earlier the Melbourne Stars made 5-173 from their 20 overs after being sent in by the Sydney Sixers at the MCG, with Marcus Stoinis top scoring with 52 from just 28 balls for the hosts.

Clarke was first man out for the Stars caught behind by Josh Philippe off the bowling of spinner Izharulhaq Naveed for 12.

Tom Rogers blasted three fours and two sixes in his 48 off 33 balls, before he fell to a brilliant diving catch from Chris Jordan in the deep.

However, the umpire sent it upstairs for review with a soft signal of not out much to the dismay of Jordan.

But replays confirmed Jordan made the catch with ease and had his fingers were under the ball at all times.

Hilton Cartwright got 36 from 31 after being promoted to No. 3, before he was caught by Jordan Silk off Sean Abbott.

Marcus Stoinis continued his season revival after a slow start, blasting 52 from 28 balls, including seven fours and two sixes, before he was Abbott’s second scalp caught by Dan Christian.

“That is Marcus Stoinis at his very best. He’s back,” West Indies legend Brian Lara told Fox Cricket

“He played a beautiful innings a couple of matches ago, tonight this has been special.”

Beau Webster only managed 8 and Nick Larkin 5 and Campbell Kellaway 2 finished unbeaten to take the Stars to 173 from their 20 overs.


Stars XI: Joe Clarke (wk), Tom Rogers, Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa (c)

Sixers XI: Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Dan Christian, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Chris Jordan, Todd Murphy, Izharulhaq Naveed

Originally published as ‘Could’ve blown up’: Final over CHAOS as Sixers overcome ‘bizarre’ call to claim thriller

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