MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Sean Abbott of the Sydney Sixers celebrates with team mates after taking a catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen of the Melbourne Stars during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

It all came down to the final day of the regular season to decide the finals spots in BBL06.

Perth nabbed a crucial win over Hobart to secure top spot and a home final, while the Stars faltered at home to ensure the Sydney Sixes finished in third spot.

The bowlers stepped up for the Scorchers on Saturday night, with Mitch Johnson and Tim Bresnan claiming two wickets each, as the Hurricanes were restricted to just 6-134. Darcy Short top scored with 36 from 24 balls.

Perth then chased down the target with ease in just 13.5 overs, with Shaun Marsh top scoring with 57 from 34 balls.

It then came down to the following match and final game of the tournament to decide who the Scorchers would host at the furnace.

A win for the Stars, who were guaranteed a finals spot, would have seen them finish second and secure a home final, while the Sixes needed to win to leapfrog the Renegades and finish inside the top four.

Batting first, the Stars looked set for a big target, with Rob Quiney (35 from 19) and Luke Wright (62 from 47) getting the hosts off to a magnificent start.

The Stars were going at 10 an over after the first six overs, before Nathan Lyon (2-18) and Ben Dwarshius (3-25) limited the damage. Melbourne lost 7-26 in the final third of the innings to reach just 8-156 off 20 overs.

The Sixes then reached the target with one over remaining, with Sean Abbott the unlikely hero with the bat, finishing with an unbeaten 33 off 17 balls.


Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes

3. Mitchell Johnson (Scorchers)

Finished with brilliant figures of 2-15.

2. Tim Bresnan (Scorchers)

Was just as impressive and economical with the ball.

  1. Shaun Marsh (Scorchers)

Despite a small target, did the job with the bat to ensure Perth got over the line and secured a home final.

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixes

3. Sean Abbott (Sixes)

Batted brilliantly when the Sixes needed someone to step up at the death with the game evenly poised.

2. Daniel Hughes (Sixes)

Played a good innings at the top of the order for Sydney to get them off to a good start, in what proved a tight chase.

  1. Luke Wright (Stars)

Played an outstanding knock in what looked to be a seemingly match defining innings at the start of the game, however, his teammates couldn’t oblige.