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. After 32 Big Bash games are played by the eight teams in the domestic Twenty20 competition during the group stage that is divided into eight BBL rounds, the Big Bash League finals feature three knock-out matches.
Where the BBL teams finish on the Big Bash Ladder at the end of these opening eight rounds, which each feature four BBL matches, determines whether they press onto a finals bid that season during the Knockout 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.
Big Bash League Finals System
The BBL Finals are also known as the Knockout Phase of the season and feature the Big Bash Semi-Finals and the Big Bash Final.
Big Bash Semi Finals
- Semi Final 1: 4th vs 1st
- Semi Final 2: 2nd vs 3rd
The BBL semi-finals feature two games played between the top four teams on the ladder. The two semi finals winners progress onto the Big Bash League Final to decide the Champions of the season. The first and second ranked teams get home ground advantage in the Big Bash League Semi Finals.
Big Bash Final
- Winner of Semi Final 1 plays Semi Final 2 Winner: BBL Championship decided
Big Bash League Finals Results
The most successful of the Big Bash teams to date reaching the final of the tournament in five of the six seasons played from 2011 – 2017 is the Perth Scorchers who enjoyed their third championship in the 2016-17 Big Bash. Of the four 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. The 2016-17 Big Bash Final drew the highest ever crowd in a Big Bash League match at the WACA with 21,832 fans out in force.
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|