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New dad Sean Abbott has celebrated the biggest BBL milestone of his career in style, excelling with ball and bat to help Sydney Sixers edge Adelaide Strikers by four wickets at the SCG.
Man-of-the-match Abbott faced 10 balls, struck two boundaries and finished unbeaten on 19 to shepherd the Sixers to a victorious 6-150 from 19.2 overs, extending their bright start to the season.
The fast-bowling allrounder, playing his first match at any level since last week's birth of baby Ella, also snared three wickets to boost his BBL career tally to 112 scalps.
Abbott became the league's all-time leading wicket-taker, overtaking Ben Laughlin on that list when he removed Adelaide's top-scorer Thomas Kelly with the final delivery of their innings.
"It has been an amazing week. I am proud of Brier, she has been a super mum for our first week as parents," Abbott said on the Seven Network.
"The week in hospital in that little room, I really wanted to get back out and train and bring Ella home.
"I'm stoked I've got that many wickets, but trying to not get as many caught on the boundary. A few more bowleds and caught inside the ring would be nice
"Just to be able to play this long at such a great club is great ... I'm pretty grateful and fortunate."
The Sixers, pursuing a third straight title and forced to omit Steve O'Keefe (calf) and Tom Curran (back) on Tuesday night, now boast a 4-1 record ahead of their Boxing Day derby against Sydney Thunder.
Kelly's knock of 41 helped the visitors scrap together a total of 8-147.
Legspinners Rashid Rashid and Fawad Ahmed wrestled momentum back whenever the Sixers looked to be in control of a stop-start chase.
The most obvious example came when stand-in skipper Peter Siddle threw the ball to Rashid, asking the prized recruit to deliver the 17th over.
Moises Henriques (28) and Jordan Silk (36) had just taken 24 runs from the power surge, leaving their side needing 33 runs from 24 balls.
The Sixers' equation blew out to 30 runs from 18 balls after Rashid removed Henriques and Dan Christian with consecutive deliveries.
Silk went down swinging at George Garton, but Abbott crashed consecutive boundaries off Garton.
Hayden Kerr then clattered a delivery from Siddle over the mid-wicket fence, ending the match.
Dan Christian, who welcomed the arrival of baby Harper a fortnight ago, also celebrated fatherhood with a bag of wickets after Siddle opted to bat first.
Christian snared astonishing figures of 3-8 from three overs.
Top BBL Wicket-takers:
* 112 - Sean Abbott (83 games)
* 111 - Ben Laughlin (96 games)
* 104 - Kane Richardson (82 games)
* 103 - AJ Tye (73 games)
* 90 - Adam Zampa (79 games).