Holder lifts Sixers to last-over BBL win

Scott Bailey
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Jason Holder gave the Sydney Sixers the perfect parting gift with a 16-run final over to help them to a two-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades.

In his final game in the Big Bash before heading home, Holder saved what appeared to be a lost cause chasing down 6-168 at Metricon Stadium.

Needing 16 from the final Will Sutherland over, the West Indian captain saw the first go past as a dot and scored two off the next to leave the equation at 14 from four.

He then drove Sutherland back down the ground for back-to-back fours, before hitting him long into the grandstand to wrap up the victory with a ball to spare.

"I wasn't timing it as well as I would like up front, but the positive thing was I kept my wicket intact," Holder told reporters.

"I knew if I was there at the start of the last over I could give us a chance.

"I just tried to stay calm."

Holder played just three games for the Sixers but his stint could prove crucial given his 33 not out now has them at the top of the ladder.

"For me it was good to finish off on this note, headed back to the Caribbean tomorrow," he said.

"I thoroughly enjoyed BBL cricket, I hope to be back and hopefully I can make a home here in Sydney."

It came after Rilee Rossouw completed a bizarre catch to put the Renegades on top, removing Jordan Silk for 31 with a ball that bounced off his hands, arms and onto his stomach.

The result compounded the Renegades' woes as they have now lost four in a row but were at least far more competitive than in their previous outings.

And yet, they still only often had themselves to blame.

Josh Philippe taught the Renegades for a second time this month he should not be given a second chance.

After he turned a life on 44 into his highest score of 95 in a big win just two weeks ago, he threatened to do likewise on Tuesday night.

Dropped on four in the first over of the chase by Imad Wasim, he later hit five straight boundaries off one Will Sutherland over.

He eventually fell on 48, before the Renegades mounted a fightback.

Earlier, Shaun Marsh gave the Melbourne side a chance to turn their season around with 67 from 48 balls at the top of the order.

But while he formed part of a 75-run opening stand with captain Aaron Finch (39 from 32), the Melbourne team failed to take full advantage of the platform.

They took double figures off just one of the last nine overs, with Daniel Christian finishing with 2-19 from his three overs.