Hampshire star James Vince claims third T20 winners medal as Sixers defeat Stars in rain-hit Big Bash League final

James Vince has collected his third T20 winners medal - and his first outside of England.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 12:37 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 4:10 pm
James Vince (fourth left, back row) and his Sydney Sixers colleagues celebrate victory after the Big Bash League final against Melbourne Stars. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.

The Hampshire skipper was part of the Sydney Sixers side that defeated Melbourne Stars to lift the Australian KFC Big Bash League title at the weekend.

In a rain-hit final reduced to 12 overs a side, Sydney hit 116-5 before restricting Stars - skippered by ex-Hampshire all-rounder Glenn Maxwell - to 97-6.

Nathan Lyon - who will be an Ageas Bowl colleague of Vince’s this coming summer - opened the Sixers bowling and dismissed dangerman Marcus Stoinis with his fourth ball.

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That was after Stoinis - who had plundered an unbeaten 147 against the Sixers in a group match - had hit a four and a six off his previous two deliveries.

Lyon ended with 2-19 off his two-over stint, while fellow spinner Steve O’Keefe dismissed Maxwell for just five.

Vince himself had managed just two off nine balls after walking out to open the Sixers innings with man of the match Josh Felippe (52).

In all, he scored 323 BBL runs in 15 innings at an average of 23.07 - well down on his 2018/19 average of 44.83 (269 runs from eight innings) for the same franchise.

The Sixers won 260,000 Aus dollars for lifting the title - around £135,000 in English money. Of that, 160,000 Aus dollars (around £82,000) will be shared out amongst the players.

Vince had won his previous two T20 winners medals for Hampshire in 2010 and 2012.

The Sixers’ Big Bash League triumph, though, continued an impressive winter for the England batsman in the shortest form of the game.

Prior to the BBL starting, Vince had helped Paarl Rocks reach the final of the South African domestic Mzansi Super League.

Due to an overlap with his Sixers commitments, he couldn’t play in the final - which Paarl won.

Vince hasn’t got much of a rest before his globe-trotting continues.

That’s because he is playing for the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League which begins next week.

Among his Sultans colleagues are former Ageas Bowl team-mates Imran Tahir, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir and Rilee Rossouw.

Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson is also playing in the tournament for Peshawar Zalmi, alongside fellow Englishmen Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone and Luke Gregory.

Unlike Vince, Dawson hasn’t played any T20 cricket since Hampshire’s Vitality Blast campaign ended with a group stage elimination last summer.