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Saturday, 22 December 2018

O'Keefe masterclass leads Sixers over Scorchers


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Spinner Steve O'Keefe has revealed he 'slept in' and ate chocolates before his Big Bash masterclass guided the Sydney Sixers to a 17-run win over arch-rivals the Perth Scorchers.

The former Test spinner ripped through the Scorchers' top order as the Perth powerhouse franchise could manage only 8-147 on Saturday evening from their 20 overs.

But, when questioned about 'what he had for breakfast' ahead of the strong performance O'Keefe revealed he had nourished himself with the diet of a loafing teenager.

"I slept till one so I actually skipped it(breakfast), and had some chocolates out of the fridge ," the spinner told Fox Cricket.

Steve O'Keefe

Without skipper Mitch Marsh due to Australian duties, the Scorchers slumped to two losses to open the season.

The win was crucial for the Sixers, who last year limped out of the blocks with six losses in their first six games.

After being set 165 for victory - thanks to Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes half-centuries - man-of-the-match O'Keefe rocked the Scorchers with his first two overs to have them on the brink at 3-9.

Hilton Cartwright (53) and Ashton Turner (49) steadied with a 99-run partnership but their fightback eventually collapsed.

After Turner was out lobbing a poor Sean Abbott delivery to Jack Edwards at backward point, the Scorchers lost four wickets for 28 runs.

Steve O'Keefe

The Sixers were superb in the field, with Joe Denly reeling in a spectacular catch at long-on to remove David Willey. Hughes produced arguably the moment of the match when he threw up a hand and took a juggling catch to send Will Bosisto back to the pavilion.

O'Keefe was the undoubted star of the show, finishing with 3-19, while debutant legspinner Lloyd Pope (0-32) copped a harsh initiation.

Abbott was also crucial in the dying overs, taking 3-29.

Earlier, Silk (67 not out) and Hughes (62) resurrected the Sixers' innings after the Scorchers had claimed the early ascendancy.

After coming to the crease with the home side at 3-30 in the fifth over, Silk shook off a couple of blows to his body - including when Jhye Richardson caught him on the shoulder with the first ball of his innings - to help them to post a winning total.

The pair put on 124 for the fourth wicket after Jason Behrendorff (2-28) had the Scorchers on top early when he removed Edwards (13) and Moises Henriques (2) with his first two overs.

Spinner Steve O'Keefe has revealed he 'slept in' and ate chocolates before his Big Bash masterclass guided the Sydney Sixers to a 17-run win over arch-rivals the Perth Scorchers.

The former Test spinner ripped through the Scorchers' top order as the Perth powerhouse franchise could manage only 8-147 on Saturday evening from their 20 overs.

But, when questioned about 'what he had for breakfast' ahead of the strong performance O'Keefe revealed he had nourished himself with the diet of a loafing teenager.

"I slept till one so I actually skipped it(breakfast), and had some chocolates out of the fridge ," the spinner told Fox Cricket.

Steve O'Keefe

Without skipper Mitch Marsh due to Australian duties, the Scorchers slumped to two losses to open the season.

The win was crucial for the Sixers, who last year limped out of the blocks with six losses in their first six games.

After being set 165 for victory - thanks to Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes half-centuries - man-of-the-match O'Keefe rocked the Scorchers with his first two overs to have them on the brink at 3-9.

Hilton Cartwright (53) and Ashton Turner (49) steadied with a 99-run partnership but their fightback eventually collapsed.

After Turner was out lobbing a poor Sean Abbott delivery to Jack Edwards at backward point, the Scorchers lost four wickets for 28 runs.

Steve O'Keefe

The Sixers were superb in the field, with Joe Denly reeling in a spectacular catch at long-on to remove David Willey. Hughes produced arguably the moment of the match when he threw up a hand and took a juggling catch to send Will Bosisto back to the pavilion.

O'Keefe was the undoubted star of the show, finishing with 3-19, while debutant legspinner Lloyd Pope (0-32) copped a harsh initiation.

Abbott was also crucial in the dying overs, taking 3-29.

Earlier, Silk (67 not out) and Hughes (62) resurrected the Sixers' innings after the Scorchers had claimed the early ascendancy.

After coming to the crease with the home side at 3-30 in the fifth over, Silk shook off a couple of blows to his body - including when Jhye Richardson caught him on the shoulder with the first ball of his innings - to help them to post a winning total.

The pair put on 124 for the fourth wicket after Jason Behrendorff (2-28) had the Scorchers on top early when he removed Edwards (13) and Moises Henriques (2) with his first two overs.

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