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Sixers crowned BBL champions as Stars collapse in rain-curtailed contest
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Sixers crowned BBL champions as Stars collapse in rain-curtailed contest

Melbourne Stars' wait for a maiden Big Bash League title has been prolonged once again as Sydney Sixers clinched their second trophy in a rain-affected final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The home team posted 116 for five in the 12-overs-a-side contest with the help of a batting blitz from Josh Philippe.

The young opening batsman blasted 52 off just 29 deliveries, thrashing the Stars bowling attack to all corners of the park.

His ballistic charge at the top was supported by a 12-ball 21 from Steve Smith and middle-order batter Jordan Silk, who contributed with a brisk contribution of 27.

While Adam Zampa and skipper Glenn Maxwell tried hard to apply the breaks to the Philippe and company's scorching batting display, the Stars' fast bowlers were rendered ineffective on the skiddy surface.

Haris Rauf, the visitors' most prized asset in the bowling department, leaked 36 runs in his three-over spell whereas Nathan Coulter-Nile conceded at a rate of 11 runs an over.

The soggy affair, which seemed unlikely to commence at the start of the day in light of the persistent rain, then entered its second half with tournament's leading run-getter Marcus Stoinis belting a boundary on the first ball of the chase.

Signalling the Stars' intentions from the get-go, Stoinis pushed his luck too far and miscued a slog off Nathan Lyon on the fourth ball of the first over.

Fellow opener Nic Maddinson, who had been struggling throughout the competition, tamely drove the ball to cover where James Vince gobbled up an easy catch.

The explosive Maxwell clubbed a boundary and looked set to rescue his side from sliding into disarray but he was given out lbw to Steve O'Keefe for just five.

Amidst the calamitous backdrop, the Stars lost another wicket as Peter Handscomb was found short of his crease while attempting a suicidal run leaving them 25-4 in 4.1 overs.

A lack of frequent boundaries and the loss of two more batsmen in subsequent overs completely derailed the Stars' chase.

Coulter-Nile and Nick Larkin produced some late fireworks to get closer to the target but their efforts were insignificant in the face of an improbable task.

"The boys can hold their heads up high, we've had a great year," said Maxwell in the aftermath of his side's defeat.

"Unfortunately we let ourselves tonight, but they can be proud. Two finals in a row. We've been extremely consistent. Onwards and upwards to next year."

An elated Moises Henriques, leader of the victorious Sixers, said: "It's fantastic, it was an entertaining game of cricket. The wicket played pretty well after so much rain. Well done to the ground staff and congratulations to the Stars on a great season."