Big Bash League Finals 2019/20

The 2019/20 Big Bash Final saw the Sydney Sixers defeat the Melbourne Stars by 19 runs

The Big Bash League runs over the summer each season down under and comes to a thrilling conclusion with the BBL Finals in late January or early February. After a host of Big Bash games are played by the eight teams in the domestic Twenty20 competition during the group stage, the Big Bash League finals feature a total of five games for the play-offs including the BBL Grand Final.

Where the BBL teams finish on the Big Bash Ladder at the end of these opening group rounds determines whether they press onto a finals bid that season during the Playoffs Phase. Teams are awarded two points for a win and the squad with the most points sits top of the table moving onto the finals with the other three highest-ranked teams.

The five teams last in the cricket standings at this point are knocked out of the competition. The highest-ranked team playing in the Big Bash League Final has the home ground advantage.

Big Bash betting is open months in advance on exactly which teams will make it to the BBL semi-finals and which club will come up trumps and take out the championship title.


BBL09: Big Bash Playoffs

Big Bash Final Result: Sydney Sixers (5/116) – Melbourne Stars (6/97)

  • Big Bash Champions: Sydney Sixers (2nd title)
  • Runners-Up: Melbourne Stars
  • Result: Sydney Sixers won by 19 runs 
  • Score: Sixers 5/116 (12 overs) v 6/97 (12 overs) Stars
  • Player of the Match:  Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers)
  • When: February 8, 2020
  • Teams: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars
  • Home Team: Sydney Sixers
  • Where: Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Attendance: 10,121
The BBL09 came down to the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars with the home side securing their second title and first since BBL01 with the final going ahead despite the big wet in NSW.
The Sixers won by 19 runs as the Melbourne Stars, runners-up last season, choked again on the big stage. 

BBL09: Big Bash Playoffs Results

Eliminator: Hobart Hurricanes (140) – Sydney Thunder (5/197)

  • Result: Sydney Thunder won by 57 Runs
  • Score: Hurricanes 140 (18.3 overs) v 5/197 (20 overs) Thunder
  • Player of the Match: Jonathan Cook (Sydney Thunder)
  • When: Thursday January 30, 2020
  • Home Team: Hobart Hurricanes
  • Where: Blundstone Arena, Hobart

The Qualifier: Melbourne Stars (99) – Sydney Sixers (7/142)
  • Result: Sydney Sixers won by 43 runs
  • Score: Stars 99 (18 overs) v 7/142 (20 overs) Sixers
  • Player of the Match: Steve O’Keefe (Sydney Sixers)
  • When: Friday January 31, 2020
  • Teams: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers
  • Home Team: Melbourne Stars
  • Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Knockout: Adelaide Strikers (9/143) – Sydney Thunder (7/151)
  • Result: Sydney Thunder won by 8 runs
  • Score: Thunder 7/151 (20 overs) – 9/143 (20 overs) Strikers
  • Player of the Match: Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder)
  • When: Saturday February 1, 2020
  • Teams: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder
  • Home Team: Adelaide Strikers
  • Where: Adelaide Oval

The Challenger: Melbourne Stars (2/194) – Sydney Thunder (8/166) 
  • Result: Melbourne Stars won by 28 runs 
  • Score: Stars 2/194 (20 overs) – 8/166 (20 overs) Thunder
  • Player of the Match: Nick Larkin (Melbourne Stars)
  • When: February 6, 2020
  • Teams: Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder
  • Home Team: Melbourne Stars
  • Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Big Bash League Finals System

The BBL Finals were previously known as the Knockout Phase of the season and featured the Big Bash Semi-Finals and the Big Bash Final.

From the 2019-20 Big Bash Season on, the final system is now known as the BBL Playoffs featuring five games that conclude with the tournament decider.

The four Playoff Big Bash Finals matches ahead of the BBL Grand Final are known as: The Eliminator, The Knockout, The Qualifier and The Challenger.

Big Bash Playoffs

  • The Eliminator: Fourth Placed Team vs Fifth Placed Team
  • The Qualifier: First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team
  • The Knockout: Third Placed Team vs Winner of The Eliminator 
  • The Challenger: Loser of The Qualifier vs Winner of The Knockout 

The BBL Playoffs now feature four games played between the top four teams on the ladder having been revamped ahead of the 2019/20 Big Bash season to give the two teams that finished first and second in the competition the chance to still take part in the final even if they should lose their opening Playoff match.

Big Bash Final

  • The Final: Winner of The Qualifier vs Winner of The Challenger 

Big Bash League Finals Results

Big Bash League Finals betting at Ladbrokes

The Perth Scorchers with three Big Bash League Final wins are the most successful BBL team in the competition. Photo Credit: Ray Strange.

The most successful of the Big Bash teams to date reaching the final of the tournament in five of the eight seasons played from 2011 – 2019 is the Perth Scorchers who enjoyed their third championship in the 2016-17 Big Bash.

Of the six teams to win a BBL competition, the Scorchers are the most successful winning back-to-back T20 Big Bash finals in 2013-14, 2014-15 and taking it out again in 2016-17 . Their home ground – WACA Ground – has hosted the Big Bash Final four times, which is more than any other cricket venue.

Big Bash Finals draw record crowds and there is the incentive of extra prize money allocated by Cricket Australia for those BBL teams to make it to the semis. The BBL Champions also are awarded $450,000 in prize money for the season.

Big Bash Finals: League Champions

Season Final Winner Result Runner-Up Final Host Final Venue
2011–12 Sydney Sixers Sixers won by 7 wickets Perth Scorchers Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2012–13 Brisbane Heat Heat won by 34 runs Perth Scorchers Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2013–14 Perth Scorchers Scorchers won by 39 runs Hobart Hurricanes Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2014–15 Perth Scorchers Scorchers won by 4 wickets Sydney Sixers Neutral Venue Manuka Oval
2015–16 Sydney Thunder Thunder won by 3 wickets Melbourne Stars Melbourne Stars Melbourne Cricket Ground
2016–17 Perth Scorchers Scorchers won by  9 wickets Sydney Sixers Perth Scorchers WACA Ground
2017–18 Adelaide Strikers Strikers won by 25 runs Hobart Hurricanes Adelaide Strikers Adelaide Oval
2018-19 Melbourne Renegades Renegades won by 13 runs Melbourne Stars Melbourne Renegades Docklands Stadium
2019-20 Sydney Sixers Sixers won by 19 runs Melbourne Stars Sydney Sixers Sydney Cricket Ground