Usman Khawaja was the standout performer in the semi-finals round of Big Bash Fantasy amassing a whopping 124 points after his match-winning knock for the Thunder on Thursday night. In the second semi-final, Marcus Stoinis and Kevin Pietersen were the leaders with the bat while Dan Worrall also performed well with the ball to get the Stars over the line. For a full recap and review for the BBL|05 Grand Final check out Pinidu’s article here.
In the SCHQ Gayle League, Declan managed to pip me by 17 points in the end to complete his comeback and earn a spot in the Grand Final matchup. He will face off against Kyle who defeated Matt by 54 points in the second semi-final face-off. In the minor premiership Jaycob and Josh recorded easy wins to progress through to the final round of Big Bash Fantasy.
Looking ahead to Sunday, the Sydney Thunder have named their 13-man squad for the Grand Final with the veteran Jacques Kallis coming in for the New Zealand international Henry Nicholls and Jake Doran replacing Andrew McDonald. The Melbourne Stars have named an unchanged squad after their first semi-final win in five seasons.
With the WBBL Final between the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers also taking place, Sunday is shaping up to be a huge day of domestic cricket to finish this season with a bang.