Sangha's Thunder qualify for BBL finals series

Tanveer Sangha and captain Callum Ferguson. Picture: Sydney Thunder/Facebook

Tanveer Sangha and captain Callum Ferguson. Picture: Sydney Thunder/Facebook

Sydney Thunder has qualified for the BBL finals series - in no small part thanks to the amazing debut season of Tanveer Sangha.

The Ingleburn local, who also just earned an Australian call-up, helped his green team reach the finals with an incredible wicket-taking season.

The 19-year-old picked up 21 wickets in the regular season, earning him equal third place on the Golden Arm ladder for top wicket-takers, behind only Jhye Richardson and Mark Steketee, and level with Wes Agar.

The Thunder were able to eke out a win in their rain-affected final match against the Adelaide Strikers on Monday, who had beaten them just the day before.

The results of yesterday's three matches, including a double-header at the MCG, locked down the ladder for and top five teams who would progress to the finals.

Sydney Sixers ended up on top of the table with a win over the Melbourne Stars, which was great news for former St Gregory's College Campbelltown student Dan Christian and Fairfield-Liverpool player Gurinder Sandhu.

However, it wasn't so great for fellow Fairfield-Liverpool bowler and Stars player Liam Hatcher.

Despite his strong individual season for the Victorian green team, the loss to the Sixers meant Hatcher's season was over.

Captain Glenn Maxwell and the Stars team needed to secure all four points on offer in last night's final game of the regular BBL season, but fell just short against the competition heavyweights.

The Stars set a moderate Bash Boost total of 72 runs in their batting innings.

The Stars needed to pick up both the Bash Boost bonus point and the three points for a win to knock the Strikers out of fifth place and make the finals series.

Sadly, Hatcher's teammates were unable to prevent the Sixers from reaching the magic number before the 10th over and the deal was sealed.

The Sixers will now face second-placed Perth Scorchers on Saturday, January 30, with the winner heading straight into the grand final.

The winner of Friday's elimination final between Brisbane Heat and the Strikers takes on the Thunder on Sunday.

The winner of that knock-out faces the loser of the Sixers/Scorchers clash on Thursday, February 4, with the victor heading into the grand final, which will be played on Saturday, February 6.