Cricket: Sixers into Big Bash final

Brett Lee of the Sydney Sixers celebrates taking the wicket of Jonathan Wells. Photo / Getty Images
Brett Lee of the Sydney Sixers celebrates taking the wicket of Jonathan Wells. Photo / Getty Images

A bloodied Brett Lee has helped ensure the Sydney Sixers will play the Perth Scorchers in Saturday's Big Bash League final after a seven-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive.

Sporting a bleeding nose after a mid-pitch collision with Hurricanes batsman Phil Jaques, Lee and captain Steven Smith grabbed two wickets each as the Sixers defended what had appeared to be a below par 6-153.

The former Test spearhead finished with the impressive figures of 2-22 from his four overs after making the initial breakthrough to remove in-form opener Jonathan Wells for 11 and then hammering one of the final nails into the Hurricanes' campaign with the wicket of Jason Krejza.

Smith finished with 2-22 from two overs, while old-stager Stuart MacGill got the vital wicket of BBL top-scorer Travis Birt for 11 to begin the home side's collapse.

Only Jaques offered any real resistance with 63 off 48 before Smith bowled him trying to reverse sweep to all but end the Hurricanes' fight.

Classy Sixers batsman Nic Maddinson top-scored for the visitors with 58 off 51 balls and eight fours as his side managed just two sixes for the innings.

The Hurricanes were in unfamiliar waters when they lost big guns Birt (11 off 15) and Owais Shah (0 off 3) within the space of one run to be teetering at 3-51.

Needing one of their lesser lights to step up, `keeper Tom Triffitt looked likely in making 16 off 14 before he was caught superbly by a diving Stephen O'Keefe at 4-85.

Jaques brought up his 50 off 42 balls by pulling Stuart MacGill for four but when Matt Johnston went for just six the home side were staring down the barrel at 5-107.


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