Big Bash League: Perth Scorchers face do-or-die assignment on Thursday after Sydney Sixers loss in Canberra | Ralph Lauren

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The Perth Scorchers are staring down the barrel of a straight-sets exit after a nine-wicket Qualifier Final belting at the hands of Sydney Sixers in Canberra.

The Scorchers will host the winner of Sunday’s Challenger Final between Brisbane and Sydney Thunder on Thursday for a spot in the main event at the SCG next Saturday.

Chasing 168 for victory, the Sixers comfortably reeled in the target with three overs to spare thanks to a franchise-record James Vince knock of 98 not out off 53 balls.

Vince had a chance to become the first Sixers to hit a century but Andrew Tye bowled a leg-side wide which was the winning run.

The openers put 92 in less than nine overs, going blow-for-blow before Josh Philippe (45 off 28) fell to unlikely partnership breaker in part-time leg-spinner Liam Livingstone.

Philippe’s partner in crime Vince produced the fastest half-century of his time in the Big Bash League, bringing up the milestone off just 26 balls.

The Englishman was given a life on 23 and belted young allrounder Aaron Hardie for three consecutive fours straight after to rub salt into the wound.

Not a great deal went right for the Scorchers on their way to a second consecutive loss.

Their woes were compounded when Mitch Marsh gave the umpire a foul-mouthed spray after copping a terrible decision.

The DRS debate popped up yet again after Marsh (2 off 5) was given out caught behind off veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe, despite a clear gap between bat and pad.

Marsh was understandably furious and let the umpire know with a few choice words on his way back to the pavilion which will likely cost him a fine.

“Sorry BBL and Cricket Australia‪ but if your umpires aren’t good enough then spend some of your billion dollar rights money and get DRS…Shocking decision in a final…#BBLFinals,” former WA and Australia ‘keeper Ryan Campbell tweeted.

Philippe wasted to time in dispatching his State teammates all over the ground and putting a serious dent in the target.

The Australian Twenty20 squad member hit the tournament’s leading wicket-taker Jhye Richardson out of the attack in the opening over, producing the shot of the night with a maximum over mid-wicket.

No bowler was spared from the carnage with Richardson (0-36 off four), Tye (0-31 off three), Jason Behrendorff (0-30 off three), Fawad Ahmed (0-27 off three) and Hardie (0-15 off one) all going the journey.

Josh Inglis responded to his New Zealand T20 series snubbing in fine fashion, anchoring the Scorchers’ innings of 6-167 with his third half-century of the tournament.

The innovative right-hander rode his luck, including a dropped catch by fellow WA gloveman Philippe on 40 and a line-ball run out decision 14 runs later, finished unbeaten on 69 off 41 balls.

The last five overs of the arm wrestle-like innings went for 69 with the power surge helping the crucial momentum shift.

Left-arm seamer Ben Dwarshuis (2-40 off four) produced a double-wicket penultimate over, while O’Keefe (1-20) bowled beautifully to go for no boundaries in his four-over spell.

The Scorchers’ start was chalk-and-cheese compared to their last visit to Canberra, with no boundaries in the first two overs and a frustrated Jason Roy (3 off 9) dismissal in the next.

New Zealander Colin Munro (30 off 25) and captain Ashton Turner (33 off 22), who won the toss and elected to bat first, both made starts without kicking on.

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