Sixers roll Renegades by 145 runs with biggest win in BBL history

The Sydney Sixers have notched the biggest win in Big Bash history by claiming a 145-run victory over the Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena on Sunday night.

Sixers star Josh Philippe also wrote his own page in the history books by claiming the highest-ever individual score for his franchise with 95.

His efforts proved instrumental in the Sixers running away to 4/205 before the Renegades managed just 60 in reply.

Their effort was the second-worst total in Big Bash history. The dubious honour also belongs to the Melbourne side, who made just 57 in a crosstown match against the Stars during the 2014/15 season.

“Runs on the board is always crucial when you bat first. We got a really nice total there and got some early wickets,” Philippe said.

“Even the other night when we didn’t get over the line we had some positive signs … hopefully, we can continue this on.”

The Sixers’ innings got off to a less than ideal start with Jack Edwards dismissed for just 1, thanks to another stunning bowling effort from Renegades rookie Peter Hatzoglou.

James Vince was then dismissed for 17 before a much-needed partnership between Philippe and Daniel Hughes kicked into gear.

Before being sent back to the sheds for 32, Daniel Hughes first starred in the supporting role for Philippe who surprisingly started off shakily at the crease.

But with Jordan Silk joining him in the middle, Philippe took off and came agonisingly close to the Sixers’ first-ever century with 95 off 57 balls.

“I play my best when I hang in there and get through the tough stages at the start and I tend to find I score a lot quicker at the back end,” Philippe said. “I try to set myself up to bat the whole innings and it was nice to spend some time out in the middle.”

Silk also helped by making an impression during the power surge with five boundaries in a single over, forcing Melbourne to chase 206.

After the water break, the Sixers were determined to stay in control of the game and finished the first three overs with 3/17.

Silk showed off his fielding skills once again, backing up his viral boundary save with a stunning catch to send Benny Howell to the sheds for a duck.

After the huge wicket of Shaun Marsh, the dominoes continued to fall with the Renegades falling to an embarrassing 9-43.

But an almost-century by Philippe and the massive margin unable to distract fans enough to ignore the lack of spectators.

With the competition battling declining interest in recent years, Sunday’s two matches – which began with an 11-run win for the Hobart Hurricanes over the Adelaide Strikers – attracted a combined crowd of just 4000.

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