They issued a war cry to “Smash ‘em Sixers”. And it seems the Hobart Hurricanes took notice.
In a dominant display, the visitors took down the heavily favoured Sixers outfit with a brutal batting display that put a mortgage on the result at the halfway stage.
Despite some strong hitting from English imports Jason Roy (40) and Sam Billings (42,) the Sixers folded in 16.2 for 140, 60 runs short of the Hurricanes’ imposing target.
It was set up by a game high 63 from skipper Tim Paine and one of the most impressive debut performances in BBL history from Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short.
He thumped 8 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s in a 29-ball 61 and at one stage was on track to record the fastest ever BBL half-century.
He eventually fell to Spartan Doug Bollinger who was the pick of the Sixers’ seamers with 1-37.
Although they were tracking at 10 an over through the powerplay, the chase never gathered full steam with wickets falling at regular intervals.
Shaun Tait providing a highlight with a 150km/hr in-swinging thunderbolt which uprooted Billings’ middle-stump to put an end to the Sixers’ hopes.