Vince was not entirely sure if the wide was intentional.
“Only he [Tye] will know,” he said. “One hundred would have been nice, but we’re into the grand final. It was great to contribute. I haven’t had that big score this tournament, so it was nice to be there in the end and see the boys home.”
‘It might look like we’re sore losers, but AJ plays the game in the right spirit and it was unintentional.’
Scorchers skipper Ashton Turner said there was no way Tye bowled a wide on purpose and “anyone who knows him [Tye] knows he plays the game in the right spirit”.
“It’s unfortunate. It might look like we’re sore losers, but AJ plays the game in the right spirit and it was unintentional,” Turner said.
Saturday night’s final was as good as over when Josh Philippe and Vince posted a 92-run opening stand after Perth rallied late to set 168 for victory.
When Philippe departed for 45 from 28 balls in the ninth over, the Sixers needed just over a run a ball for the win.
And Vince made sure there was never going to be doubt about the result by blasting a six to bring up his third half-century of the summer off 26 balls. The quietly spoken Englishman struck the ball beautifully to all parts of the ground.
The Sixers have done a remarkable job this summer considering they have not played a single game in their Sydney backyard. They have played in Hobart, the Gold Coast, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Next weekend will be their fifth final in a competition that has only been running 10 years, and what could be their third trophy.
They could yet welcome back lethal left-armer Mitchell Starc from injury, especially now the game is at home.
Perth play the winner of Sunday night’s clash between the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat next Thursday.
The Sixers lost the bat flip and Perth elected to bat at Manuka Oval.
An unbeaten 69 from 41 balls by Josh Inglis helped the Scorchers post a semi-competitive total of 167.
It was a decent score given they started sluggishly – the Scorchers were 1-11 after three overs – and the fact they lost Mitch Marsh to a dubious caught-behind appeal.
Marsh shook his head at the umpire and was filthy when given out as Stephen O’Keefe and Philippe celebrated.
Replays suggested Marsh did not get bat on ball and if anything should have been called a wide.
Ricky Ponting said on the TV commentary: “He [Marsh] has probably over-reacted to a certain degree there, but it must have been a howler.”
When Marsh exited, Perth were 4-85 before Inglis and Turner put the foot down and piled on nearly 60 runs for a spirit-boosting fifth-wicket stand.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.