Sydney Thunder put themselves on the cusp of a first ever Big Bash League semi-final after completing the double over cross-city rivals Sydney Sixers by 46 runs on Saturday at a packed SCG.
Following years of underachievement - finishing bottom of the table in three of the previous four seasons - a revitalised Thunder blasted their way to an SCG highest team total of 202-5 to end the Sixers' slim hopes.
With net run-rate permutations rattling around in his head, Sixers skipper Nic Maddinson put the Thunder in to bat but proceeded to watch veteran international duo Shane Watson and Michael Hussey put his bowlers to the sword.
They added 60 in just six overs as man-of-the-match Watson clubbed 66 off 41 balls (seven fours, three sixes) while 40-year-old Hussey, hoping to prolong his BBL career into the semis, hit 41 off 29.
Watson was dismissed in the 13th over, followed soon after by Kiwi Henry Nicholls, but that only brought Andre Russell to the crease.
Twenty balls later, the big-hitting West Indian departed with 46 to his name, including four huge sixes and entertainment aplenty, including an incredible shot for four - nicknamed the 'duck hook' as he turned his head away from a bouncer and still clubbed it for a boundary.
The Thunder motored to 202-5, which the Sixers knew they had to chase down in 16 overs or fewer to improve their net run-rate sufficiently to give them a chance of qualifying.
And while captain Maddinson was at the crease, it looked possible as he cracked five sixes in a 40-ball innings of 70 as they reached 58-2 in the Powerplay and 100-2 off just nine overs, adding a stand of 56 in 28 balls with Brad Haddin (17 off 12).
However, the spin duo of Fawad Ahmed (3-39) and 22-year-old Chris Green (3-27) stalled their progress and when Maddinson was dismissed by the former midway through the 13th over, his side went with him as they lost their last six wickets for just 21 - Clint McKay (3-16) wiping away the tail.
A defeat for Melbourne Renegades in their clash with Adelaide Strikers on Monday will ensure the Thunder a place in the semi-finals for the first time in their history.