Sydney Thunder on a hot winning streak, hoping to continue it. (Image: Cricket Australia)

Featuring highlight reels, breakout players and controversial decisions, the BBL had a highly entertaining third round of this BBL season.

With multiple teams having over 200 runs in an innings, teams getting bowled out and impressive bowling performances, any team can get firing hot and shift the momentum of the game in their favour.

The Inner Sanctum recaps all the results and biggest talking points of Round Three of BBL|12.

Round 3 Results:

Sydney Sixers (3-151) defeated Melbourne Stars (5-150) by seven wickets

Sixers: Moises Henriques 52*, James Vince 33, Adam Zampa 1-21, Beau Webster 1-24

Stars: Beau Webster 78, Joe Clarke 27, Hayden Kerr 2-26, Stephen O’Keefe 1-16

Perth Scorchers (7-136) defeated Adelaide Strikers (7-133) by three wickets

Scorchers: Ashton Turner 48*, Aaron Hardie 22, Matt Short 2-11, Henry Thornton 2-46

Strikers: Chris Lynn 35, Colin de Grandhomme 19, Andrew Tye 3-30, Ashton Agar 1-22

Sydney Thunder (0-124) defeated Brisbane Heat (6-121) by ten wickets 

Thunder: Alex Hales 59*, Matthew Gilkes 56*, Matt Kuhnemann 0-7, Xavier Bartlett 0-17

Heat: Colin Munro 43, Xavier Bartlett 28*, Chris Green 2-14, Daniel Sams 2-27

Sydney Sixers (8-149) defeated Melbourne Renegades (115) by 34 runs

Sixers: Josh Philippe 55, James Vince 26, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-29, Will Sutherland 2-22

Renegades: Aaron Finch 36, Shaun Marsh 28, Ben Dwarshuis 4-17, Sean Abbott 2-17

Sydney Thunder (6-182) defeated Brisbane Heat (9-171) by 11 runs 

Thunder: Rilee Rossouw 39, Daniel Sams 36*, James Bazley 4-22, Matt Kuhnemann 1-8

Heat: Colin Munro 98, James Bazley 29, Nathan McAndrew 4-32, Daniel Sams 2-41

Perth Scorchers (4-136) defeated Melbourne Stars (135) by six wickets 

Scorchers:  Ashton Turner 53, Adam Lyth 35, Luke Wood 2-29, Nathan Coulter-Nile 1-24

Stars: Hilton Cartwright 36, Joe Clarke 33, Jhye Richardson 4-25, Andrew Tye 2-24

Sydney Sixers (4-126) defeated Melbourne Renegades (7-124) by six wickets

Sixers: James Vince 39, Kurtis Patterson 38, Akeal Hosein 2-24, Will Sutherland 1-8

Renegades: Shaun Marsh 35, Jonathan Wells 28, Hayden Kerr 2-25, Chris Jordan 2-25

Sydney Thunder (6-228) defeated Hobart Hurricanes (166) by 62 runs

Thunder: Alex Hales 77, Oliver Davies 65, Nathan Ellis 4-37, Riley Meredith 2-49

Hurricanes: Matthew Wade 67, Tim David 25, Brendan Doggett, 4-35, Ben Cutting 2-16

Melbourne Stars (7-186) defeated Adelaide Strikers (5-178) by eight runs

Stars: Marcus Stoinis 74, Joe Clarke 42, Wes Agar 3-27, Henry Thornton 2-46

Strikers: Adam Hose 56*, Henry Hunt 49, Liam Hatcher 2-29, Beau Webster 1-21

Perth Scorchers (5-156) defeated Melbourne Renegades (6-155) by five wickets

Scorchers: Josh Inglis 47, Faf du Plessis 39, Kane Richardson 2-21, Will Sutherland 1-32

Renegades: Aaron Finch 65, Jonathan Wells 22, Andrew Tye 3-32, Jason Behrendorff 1-17

Brisbane Heat (5-224) defeated Sydney Sixers (209) by 15 runs

Heat: Nathan McSweeney 84, Josh Brown 62, Dan Christian 1-5, Hayden Kerr 1-30

Sixers: James Vince 41, Jordan Silk 41, Michael Neser 3-41, Ross Whitely 1-2

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Five Talking Points:

  1. Should it be six or out?

The Brisbane Heat took a very controversial wicket in a high-contest matchup with the Sydney Sixers to end the round. 

It was declared out and not a six as the first contact was made inside the boundary and the fielder wasn’t touching the ball and the ground beyond the boundary at the same time.

The fans of the league and even the experts and commentators were divided and insisted that the rules around this issue be changed.

The controversy was only heightened by the timing of the decision, the Sixers needing 26 of the final 11 balls when Silk was declared out. Had it been called a six, Silk would have amassed 47 runs off just 23 balls and needed only 20 to win.

The tail couldn’t produce any late game magic and the Sixers would go on to lose this game by 15 runs.

2. Thunder on a roll

The Thunder have been on a winning streak, they’ve been impressive in their ability to both win convincingly and close out the tight games. 

Against the Heat, they would win the back-to-back games, successfully chasing the target at home before going north and defending their innings.

The Thunder would bowl out the Hobart Hurricanes before the end of the round by 62 runs, defying their struggles at the start of the season.

The batting performances of Alex Hales, Oliver Davies and Matthew Gilkes have shined in their recent winning streak.

They will be more tested against a strong form Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers in round 4.

3. Adelaide’s hot streak fading away

The Adelaide Strikers after their hot start went 0-2 in recent games and their quality of play has dropped tremendously.

What looked like a highly talented team has now become a team struggling to make use of its star power, especially against the Perth Scorchers.

When matching up with the Melbourne Stars, who have been cold this season, Adelaide’s star-studded bowling attack couldn’t counter the Melbourne Stars’ batting to defend their score, as Marcus Stoinis went for 74 runs and Joe Clarke followed up with 42 of his own. 

Losing these two games has put them fourth and will be looking to return to their strongest form and sustain a spot in the top 4.

4. Josh Brown heating up with a strong performance

The newest sensation in the BBL|12 campaign is now Brisbane Heat’s Josh Brown. 

With his batting performance against the Sixers, in what has been an up and-down season for the Heat, has more light shined on the team with his 62 runs off 23 balls faced and had consecutive boundaries that led them to score 224 runs, beating their previous highest score.

With a strike of 269.67, Brown hit 6 sixes and 4 fours, coming out aggressive and on the front foot in an important game to keep their season alive.

5. Who are legitimate contenders for the BBL|12 title?

A couple of teams that started the season on high notes but have since struggled such as the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers, the contender list for the title this season has shrunk. 

The Perth Scorchers are on top of the table and looking comfortable, while the Thunder’s three consecutive wins have all but erased memories of being bowled out for 15, their matchup will be the key game of round four..

The Sixers are also in the conversation, having a strong team and have had experience in the finals and high stake games as well.

The Heat and Strikers are dark horses to claim the 4th spot, having impressed and can play with the current top 3 of the competition, it will be important they win the games they are expected to win and have strong games against the best in the competition.

Both are able to match the top teams, and have shown their best when things are going their way. If either sides finds a run of momentum, they’ll become very hard to stop.

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