The Big Bash League is Australia’s premier Twenty20 competition, featuring all of the country’s most powerful cricketers, plus a spattering of the world’s best talent.
The Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers have emerged as the two powerhouse teams in the BBL, winning three titles apiece. Who will be the first to clinch it for the fourth time?
3/158 (18.5 overs)
5/156 (20 overs)
|Sixers by 7 wickets||Moises Henriques|
5/167 (20 overs)
9/133 (20 overs)
|Heat by 34 runs||Nathan Hauritz|
4/191 (20 overs)
7/152 (20 overs)
|Scorchers by 39 runs||Brad Hogg|
6/148 (20 overs)
5/147 (20 overs)
|Scorchers by 4 wickets||Shaun Marsh|
7/181 (19.3 overs)
9/176 (20 overs)
|Thunder by 3 wickets||Usman Khawaja|
1/144 (15.5 overs)
9/141 (20 overs)
|Scorchers by 9 wickets||Jhye Richardson|
2/202 (20 overs)
5/177 (20 overs)
|Strikers by 25 runs||Jake Weatherald|
5/145 (20 overs)
7/132 (20 overs)
|Renegades by 13 runs||Dan Christian|
5/116 (12 overs)
6/97 (12 overs)
|Sixers by 19 runs||Josh Philippe|
6/188 (20 overs)
9/161 (20 overs)
|Sixers by 27 runs||James Vince|
2019-20: Sydney Sixers defeated Melbourne Stars
Having botched the previous year’s final, the Melbourne Stars were back in the big dance in 2020 as they continued the search for a maiden BBL title. This time they were up against the Sydney Sixers, who had earned the right to host the final when they downed the Stars in the first round of the playoffs.
There was never any doubt that the game would be affected by rain; the question was whether or not we would get a result at all. In the end, the innings were condensed to 12 overs each. The Sixers batted first and Josh Philippe got them off to a flyer, belting 52 off 29 balls. Jordan Silk (27) and Steve Smith (21) also played important roles as Sydney set a competitive total of 5/116.
Once the talismanic Marcus Stoinis was dismissed for 10, the Stars were in trouble. In no time they were 4/25 with Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscomb all back in the sheds. Nick Larkin played an admirable hand with 38 from 26 balls, but he had very little support as Melbourne limped to 6/97 in yet another losing Big Bash final.
2018-19: Melbourne Renegades defeated Melbourne Stars
At last, it was time for one of the star-studded Melbourne franchises to taste BBL success. The Stars unseated the top-ranked Hobart Hurricanes to reach the big dance after finishing dead last the year before, while the Renegades edged out the Sydney Sixers to make the Big Bash final for the first time.
It was the Stars’ game to lose after they held the Gades to 5/145 and put on 93 runs for the first wicket, but T20 cricket is a fickle game. Five wickets in four overs destroyed the Stars’ momentum as the Renegades completed a stunning comeback to claim their maiden title.
MOTM honours went to veteran allrounder Dan Christian, who hit an unbeaten 38 and followed up with the critical wickets of Seb Gotch and Dwayne Bravo. Renegades quick Kane Richardson topped the BBL bowling charts with 24 wickets at 17.70, while D’Arcy Short retained both the batting title and Player of the Tournament honours with 637 runs at 67.62.
2017-18: Adelaide Strikers defeated Hobart Hurricanes
Both the Strikers and the Hurricanes had a shot to win their first BBL title. Hobart looked hard to beat after a big win over the Perth Scorchers in the semi-finals, but Adelaide took the advantage through a 70-ball 115 from opener Jake Weatherald.
Chasing 203 for victory, the Canes were tracking well with a big partnership between D’Arcy Short (68) and George Bailey (46). Ben McDermott and Matthew Wade failed to carry on that momentum, however, as Peter Siddle (3/17) bowled the Strikers to a 25-run win.
Short finished the season as the BBL’s top runscorer with an impressive 572 runs at 57.32, which earned him the Player of the Tournament gong. Strikers spin sensation Rashid Khan was the top bowler with 18 scalps at an incredible 13.83 in his maiden Big Bash campaign.
2016-17: Perth Scorchers defeated Sydney Sixers
Perth’s victory was set up by a great bowling performance, which restricted the Sydney Sixers to 9/141 from their 20 overs. English import Tim Bresnan (3/40) and Jhye Richardson (3/30) were the chief destroyers with three wickets each from a full complement of overs.
In response the Scorchers eased to 1/144, passing the Sixers total in the 16th over the innings. Sam Whiteman (41 from 21) and Michael Klinger (71 from 49) were the pick of the batsman as they easily picked apart the Sixers bowling attack.
Richardson was named man of the match for his bowling performance, while Chris Lynn was again named player of the tournament, after a scintillating run of form during the home and away games.
2015-16: Sydney Thunder defeated Melbourne Stars
Finally the BBL glamour team Melbourne Stars, that had featured players of the ilk of Shane Warne and Kevin Petersen in the past, made it into the grand final.
But there was more heartbreak for the Stars, with the Thunder chasing down 177 with three balls and three wickets in hand.
The Stars made 9/176 with Petersen top-scoring with 74 off 39 balls. All-rounder Shane Watson and Jacques Kallis were both economical and snared two wickets for the Thunder.
In reply Usman Khawaja was dynamic with 70 runs off 40 balls at the top of the order for the Thunder. Despite the best efforts of Marcus Stoinis (3/30 from four overs) it wasn’t enough for the Stars.
Khawaja was named man of the match, while Chris Lynn took player of the tournament honours.
2014-15: Perth Scorchers defeated Sydney Sixers
The Perth Scorchers went back to back with a BBL grand final win over the Sydney Sixers.
The win came on the back of a domineering 73 from 59 balls from Shaun Marsh, which solidified his reputation as one of the best players, ever, in the BBL.
The Sixers compiled 5/147 from their 20 overs with Moises Henriques (77 from 57) the shining light in the innings. Brad Hogg and Jason Behnrendorff were both miserly and it was almost enough for the Sixers.
The Scorchers run chase came down to the final ball of the innings, with Yasir Arafat scampering through for a single. Sixers star Brett Lee took wickets on the second and third last balls of the innings to truly send a scare through the Scorchers camp.
Marsh was named play of the match, while South African import Jacques Kallis notched up another record, being named player of the tournament.
2013-14: Perth Scorchers defeated Hobart Hurricanes
The Scorchers finally got the monkey off their back, winning the 2013-14 Big Bash league, after making the final of the previous two incarnations.
The Scorchers batsman set up the victory over the Hobart Hurricanes, compiling a mammoth 4/191 from their 20 overs. Craig Simmons (45 from 36), Shaun Marsh (63 from 43) and Mitchell Marsh (37 from 12) scorched the Hurricanes bowling attack with Ben Hilfenhaus (1-23 from four overs) the best of them.
In reply George Bailey gave the Hurricanes some hope with 58 off 32 balls, but when Pat Cummins dismissed him the match was as good as over.
Evergreen veteran Brad Hogg was awarded man of the match for his 3/17 from four overs, while Ben Dunk was named player of the tournament.
2012-13: Brisbane Heat defeated Perth Scorchers
The Brisbane Heat won the second BBL competition by 34 runs, with the grand final victory coming over the Perth Scorchers, who went back to back runner up.
The Heat bowlers take much of the plaudit for this victory, with a short pitched bowling strategy paying dividends. West Indian import Kemar Roach (3-18) produced his best display while Alistair McDermott and Ben Cutting both claimed two wickets. Surprisingly Nathan Haurtiz was named man of the match for his miserly 0/11 from three overs, opening the bowling.
While the Heat batted first and posted a total of 5/167, they did not have a stand out performer, or a player reach 50. With Luke Pomersbach (37 from 38), Joe Burns (43 from 27) and Dan Christian (37 from 21) the most prolific.
The Heat were coached by future Australian-coach Darren Lehmann with his ability to gel the team noted by powerbrokers.
2011-12: Sydney Sixers defeated Perth Scorchers
The Sydney Sixers defeated Perth Scorchers in the inaugural Big Bash League final
The Scorchers batted first and compiled 5/156 from their 20 overs, with Mitchell Marsh (77 from 57) and English import Paul Collingwood (32 from 25) the mainstays in the innings. The intimidating pair of Brett Lee and Mitchell Starc were the pick of the bowlers taking 2/21 and 2/40 respectively.
In reply the Sixers chased down the total with seven balls to spare. Moises Henriques (77 from 41) and Steve O’Keefe (48 from 46) were the cool heads in the run chase. Left-arm Chinaman Brad Hogg (1-29) and Ben Edmondson (2-30) were the pick of the Scorchers bowlers.
Henriques was awarded the man of the match. while Player Of The Series went to David Hussey.