The poor bloke had to wait for his first beer as he was singled out by the drug testers after the game.
Vince deserved to reach the milestone as he tonked 10 boundaries and three sixes. He was left stranded on 98 runs a week earlier when the qualifying final ended abruptly because of a controversial wide.
Questions were asked whether Perth quick Andrew Tye had deliberately bounced one extra short to deny Vince his century. The Scorchers denied it but Sixers fans let their feelings known as Tye charged in for his first over.
Vince was dropped by Marsh on 82 and then again on 92 by Cameron Bancroft but Marsh made no mistake a few balls later at backward point. The English import was given a rock-star reception as the Foo Fighters’ My Hero fittingly blared through the stadium speakers.
Sixers fans will be hoping Vince returns next year given he will need to enter a proposed draft for all internationals playing in the BBL.
“I’d love to come back here, I’ve been here two-and-a-half years and I can’t speak highly enough of not just the lads but everyone behind the scenes, the coaching staff, it’s a real pleasure to be here,” Vince said.
The 29-year-old right-handed opener was involved in a run out at the start of the night when he knocked one into the ground and looked for the ball at his feet as Josh Philippe set off down the crease.
“It was nice to contribute, especially when ‘Flip’ [Philippe] got run out – I felt that extra responsibility to try and get us going,” Vince said.
The Sixers total was pushed along by a late cameo from Dan Christian. He cashed in on the power surge, but departed for 20 from 14 balls when caught on the boundary, even though he was convinced the full toss he faced was above waist height and should have been called a no-ball.
The Sixers and Scorchers had met in three previous finals with the westerners having won two of the deciders.
But the Sixers, who had spent the entire summer on the road because of COVID-19 – they were the only franchise not to play a single game in their own backyard – not only finished on top of the ladder, but dominated the Scorchers in their two encounters.
Few cricket fans will argue the Sixers are the best and most consistent T20 franchise on the planet.
Even fewer will argue the final should have started earlier than 7.40pm. How many other sports in Australia have their showpiece event finish after 11pm?
Original Sixer Steve O’Keefe finished with 0-26 – excellent figures when you consider half those runs came from one over – and hoped he had not played his last game in magenta.
He will sit down with Sixers general manager Jodie Hawkins in the coming weeks to decide if he pushes on for an 11th BBL season.
“Maybe, I don’t know,” O’Keefe said after the game when asked about having potentially played his last game.
“I don’t know if Jodes wants a 40-year-old who is bit tubby around the sides … we’ve got some great young spinners in the team and I don’t want to [get in their way]. I’ve had a great 10 years, and whatever happens after this will be a bonus.”
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.