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Live Reporting

Jack Skelton

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  1. Farewell

    And that's your lot for the 2019-20 Big Bash League.

    Thanks for joining me for live coverage of the final - very pleasing to get some cricket in!

    We'll be back from 07:20 GMT tomorrow - hopefully - with coverage of England's third ODI against South Africa.

    Do your anti-rain dances - there is a bit of wet weather forecast in Johannesburg.

    For now - the Big Bash final report is building here.

    Catch you soon.

  2. Post update

    Sixers captain Moises Henrique pays tribute to the groundstaff for getting the game on and congratulates the Stars for topping the group table.

    Scant consolation for the Stars though as the pink confetti goes off to celebrate the Sixers' win.

  3. Post update

    It's remarkable we even got this game on tonight.

    Well played to the SCG groundstaff for getting the surface playable so quickly after the rain finally stopped in Sydney on Saturday.

    It's raining pretty heavily there now as well. Timing.

  4. Post update

    Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell: "I'm extremely proud of our season, to finish top of the table was a great effort.

    "But we let ourselves down tonight. Onwards and updwards, we'll try to get it next year.

    "Congratulations to the Sixers, they beat us comprehensively tonight."

  5. Post update

    Sixers opener Josh Philippe is named player of the final for his excellent 52 off 29 balls.

  6. Post update

    The Sixers senior players stepped up in fine style tonigh.

    Josh Hazlewood, Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon were all superb with the ball, taking those key wickets than ensured the Stars never really got close.

  7. Post update

    Sydney Sixers win their second Big Bash title and first since the inaugural competition in 2011-12.

    Melbourne Stars have now lost three Big Bash finals.

  8. Post update

    Melbourne Stars won the bat flip and made the call to bowl first, which is what most sides do when there has been rain around.

    Sydney Sixers reached 116-5 thanks to Josh Philippe's fine fifty but that felt just about par.

    Yet the Sixers showed the way to bowl on this pitch and made crucial early inroads into the Stars line-up.

  9. BreakingSydney Sixers win Big Bash final by 19 runs

    Melbourne Stars 97-6

    A dot ball to finish.

    A fitting end to a sublime bowling performance by Sydney Sixers.

    The hosts win the 2019-20 Big Bash League title!

  10. Stars 97-6

    Followed by another swing and a miss.

  11. Stars 97-6

    Too little, too late.

    Though the shot is anything but little.

    A supreme square drive over point for six from Nick Larkin!

  12. Stars 91-6

    Target 117

    A swing and a miss from a dejected Nick Larkin.

  13. Stars 91-6

    A full toss but NCN just turns it round the corner for one.

    The Sixers are champions as long as Ben Dwarshuis avoids any costly wides or no balls.

  14. Stars 90-6

    Need 27 runs off five balls

    NCN starts with two down the ground.

    Five sixes needed...

  15. Post update

    So Melbourne Stars need 29 runs off six balls.

    Nathan Coulter-Nile on strike.

    Ben Dwarshius to bowl.

  16. Stars 88-6

    Target 117

    When it's your day...

    Nick Larkin flicks a leg-stump delivery out towards the fence.

    It looks like four all the way but Jordan Silk puts in a superbly-timed dive to flick it back inside the rope and keep the Stars to two.

    What a save that is!

  17. Stars 86-6

    Need 31 runs off 7 balls

    That needed to go.

    A back of a length slower ball and Nick Larkin misses it.

  18. Stars 86-6

    Need 31 runs off 8 balls

    Josh Hazlewood pitches it up wide and Nick Larkin opens the face to slash it through point for four.

  19. Stars 82-6

    But Hazlewood hits back with a fine slower ball that Larkin misses on the cut.

  20. Stars 82-6

    Need 35 runs off 10 balls

    Nick Larkin somehow slices a yorker through backward point for four.

    That was a great ball but he's played it with aplomb.