Sixers too strong for Hong Kong
THE Sydney Sixers had the perfect tune up for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League comfortably accounting for the Hong Kong national team.
The Sixers entertained the crowd of more than 1600 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium when they made a massive 210 in their alloted 210.
A slow middle period of the Sixers innings had many doubting the boys in magenta could reach the magical 200 mark but a whirlwhing finish provided by Daniel Hughes set the scene.
Hughes scored 30 off the final over and made an impressive 49 runs off his final 15 balls faced to make an unbeaten 67.
Earlier in the innings Jason Roy (27) and the hard hitting Sam Billings (53 off 34 balls) laid the platform for the big score.
Hughes has made a habit of making runs in Coffs Harbour.
Little more than 12 months ago the stylish left-hander made a triple century at the Stadium when he represented New South Wales in Futures League fixture against Tasmania.
"I missed out in the Shield game here earlier in the year but nearly every time I come here I make runs," Hughes said.
"It's a beautiful wicket, beautiful facilities. The practice wickets are first class, the wicket's first class and the outfield is first class. It's an ideal place to play cricket."
When Hughes was joined at the crease by South African veteran Johan Botha the run rate took a dip for a while but the top scorer said neither batsman was too worried.
"Twenty overs is a long time to bat. You've just got to give yourself two overs, give yourself a chance to get in and then you're away," he said.
"If you're 15 off 15 so be it. You can catch up at the end.
"When you've got these big hitters in the team like (Jason) Roy, (Sam) Billings, (Brad) Haddin, you just have to work the ball around and get them on strike. They'll do their thing and then your runs will come at the end.
"It's all about not panicking at the start of your innings."
In reply Hong Kong were never truly in the hunt after losing a their openers within three overs of the resumption of play.
Captain Babar Hayat (20) showed strong resistance while Shahid Wasif (29 not out) and wicketkeeper Chris Carter (20) ensured the Hong Kong team could hold its head high after play even though the visitors fell 91 runs sort of the Sixers.
The Sixers next game is their first Big Bash League game of the upcoming season, the 'Sydney Smash' against cross-town rivals the Thunder on Tuesday.