BBL: Sydney Sixers opened with a triumphant win over Melbourne Stars

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BBL: Sydney Sixers opened with a triumphant win over Melbourne Stars

BBL: Sydney Sixers opened with a triumphant win over Melbourne Stars
Josh Philippe kicked off the BBL season with a 152-run thrashing of the Melbourne Stars, giving the Sydney Sixers their largest win in the tournament's record.

Philippe scored 83 off 47 balls in a dominant performance to start the T20 summer on Sunday, helping the Sixers to their highest-ever total of 4-213. In front of an audience of 10,013, the Stars were bowled out for 61, just escaping the lowest score in BBL history.

Stephen O'Keefe collected two wickets in the Stars' first over before concluding with career-best figures of 4-14, while Sean Abbott took 3-14. Only two Stars batsmen hit double figures, with debutant Hayden Kerr taking 2-6.

It was Philippe that got the things started. The 24-year-old, who was named Player of the Tournament last summer after scoring 508 runs at a strike rate of nearly 150, was left out of the World Cup squad this year.

He appeared to be on his way to become the team's first-century maker until his share of the strike withered in the closing overs, and he was finally caught on the legside boundary by Hilton Cartwright.

The right-hander smacked eight boundaries and three sixes, the most impressive of which came from Sam Rainbird in a 22-run power surge over the Members Pavilion.

Philippe stated that he believes it was the biggest six he will ever hit in his life.

Philippe's amazing knock comes after he was passed over for the World Cup team by fellow West Australian Josh Inglis, despite playing 10 T20s for Australia in the previous year.

Philippe commented that it was fantastic to get a glimpse of what it is like. He said that it didn't exactly go as planned, but it's definitely something he would like to return to. He explained that he has always liked playing for Australia since he was a child, and it's no different today. Philippe added that he is hoping to continue doing well and putting my reputation forward.

Philippe's innings also included a 90-run opening stand with James Vince, who was the partnership's quickest scorer before being dismissed for 44 off 29 by Glenn Maxwell.

In a 102-run partnership with Philippe, Moises Henriques hammered an unbeaten 76 from 38 balls, bringing up his 50 with a six down the ground off newcomer Sam Elliott.