Potential all-Sydney BBL final looms large

Oliver Caffrey and Callum Godde
Thunder pace bowler Daniel Sams (left) is enthused by the potential for an all-Sydney BBL final

A year after an all-Melbourne final, two Sydney teams could battle it out for the BBL crown for the first time.

If Sydney Thunder get past the Melbourne Stars in Thursday night's sudden-death final at the MCG, they will meet the Sydney Sixers at the SCG in the decider.

Star Thunder paceman Daniel Sams, who has taken the most wickets in the BBL this season, said the prospect of playing their cross-town rivals for the title loomed large.

"Since I've been playing BBL I've always thought it'd be really cool to have a Sydney Smash final," Sams told reporters.

"It's something that could happen. It's something we've thought about, but first thing's first, we've got to get through this game at the MCG."

Gun Sixers paceman Josh Hazlewood is betting on the Stars to rebound but is also crossing his fingers the Thunder can pull off another upset.

"Potentially an all-Sydney match-up," he said when asked on his preferred opponent.

"But I think the Stars will bounce back and get the win there on their home ground."

In a thrilling decider last February, the Stars suffered an almighty collapse of 7-19 to hand the Melbourne Renegades their first title.

Knowing the Stars missed a golden opportunity last year puts them under further pressure to perform against the Thunder.

Compounded by that is Glenn Maxwell's team enters the clash on the back of a four-game losing streak, having finished the regular season with three defeats before last Friday's qualifying final setback against the Sixers.

In contrast, the Thunder are riding high after winning two sudden-death finals, though Sams sounded a note of caution.

"With the Stars, whether they have been winning or losing, they're still a world-class team," he said.

"They've got a lot of really good players, obviously, but we're glad we've got momentum."