The BBL and WBBL might be over for now, but your favourite Sixers players continue to ply their trade around the world. Catch up with all their performances as our Magenta players excel in Dubai and Alice Springs.
PSL GETS UNDERWAY
Brad Haddin got his Pakistan Super League campaign off to a brilliant start when he hit 73 runs from 39 balls for Islamabad United against Peshawar in the opening match of the tournament.
Haddin, who is also an assistant in a coaching team that includes Johan Botha, was joined in the batting line-up by Sam Billings who was at the crease on 7 not out when Islamabad hit the winning runs.
In their next match against Jason Roy’s Lahore Qalandars, Billings opened the batting and reached 37 from 28 balls before being bowled by Grant Elliot.
Haddin couldn’t find the same form as his previous appearance, out for just 9 as Islamabad reached 158 from their 20 overs.
Roy opened the batting for the Qalandars and was 60 not out when they chased down Islamabad’s total.
The day before, Roy made his first appearance for the Qalandars when he was out for 27 as his side was beaten by the Quetta Gladiators. In his most recent match, Roy was out for 9 as the Qalandars lost to Peshawar Zalmi.
MAGENTA SWEEP THE INDIVIDUAL HONOURS AT THE NICC
The outstanding performances of the 2017 National Indigenous Cricket Championships were recognised at a presentation dinner on Sunday, with individual player awards announced as well as the men’s and women’s Black Caps squads for 2017.
New South Wales swept the individual player awards for the tournament, with Sixers Academy player Nathan Price named the men’s Player of the Tournament as well as the highest run scorer, and Sixers WBBL player Ashleigh Gardner named women’s Player of the Tournament as well as being the highest run scorer and wicket taker.
Both were selected in their respective Black Caps squads.
New South Wales won the women’s final, however Gardner did not play because of selection in the Southern Stars T20 squad but Haylee Hoffmeister did.
New South Wales made the men’s final, however they lost to Victoria. Price played and hit 78 runs from 115 balls as NSW failed to chase down Victoria’s total of 228 from their 50 overs.
BBL|06 Community Rookie Marty Jeffrey, Sixers Academy player Jonte Pattison and Sixers Indigenous Cup player also played.
INDIA TEST TOUR PREP ALMOST COMPLETE
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Stephen O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon and Jackson Bird have all been in Dubai along with Sixers Official Ambassador Steve Smith as they prepare to play four Tests in India.
On Monday the Australian Cricket Team departed for Mumbai ahead of the first Test in Pune.
WOMEN'S ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Ireland’s Kim Garth and South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp and Dane Van Niekerk are playing in Sri Lanka for their respective countries in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.
South Africa have won their first three matches and currently lead their group, while Ireland are third in their group after two wins and two losses. The top six nations from the two groups will move on to a Super Six stage before a Final on February 21.
The top four teams in the Super Six stage will qualify for the 2017 World Cup to be held in England and Wales in June and July. Australia have already qualified for the World Cup.
In Ireland’s second game of the tournament on February 7, Garth hit 63 runs and took 3 for 24 in Ireland’s 119 run win over Zimbabwe. In the following match against Sri Lanka, Garth was unable to take a wicket from her nine overs in the first innings and in Ireland’s unsuccessful run chase she hit 4 runs before being caught lbw.
In Ireland’s loss to India, Garth took the solitary wicket but managed just 2 runs.
In Saturday’s match against Thailand, Garth again batted at first drop as she reached 98 from 134 balls before being run out. Ireland defended their 218 run total as they kept the Thais to 9 for 172. Garth was not able to take a wicket from her 10 overs.
In South Africa’s first match against Pakistan, Kapp made 38 runs while captain Van Niekerk reached 30. In the Pakistani innings, Kapp was at her economical best as she took the wicket of Nain Abidi thanks to a catch from Van Niekerk, while the latter grabbed two wickets of her own as the South Africans won.
In their next victory over Scotland, Kapp didn’t bowl but leg spinner Van Niekerk took another couple. In the successful run chase, Kapp made 7 runs before getting out while Van Niekerk did not bat.
South Africa beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets in their match on Sunday, bowling the Bangladeshis out for 100 with Van Niekerk continuing her pattern with another two wickets while Kapp grabbed one.
Van Niekerk didn’t have to bat again but Kapp was at the crease on 5 not out as the South Africans won their third from as many games.
NZ WOMEN'S ONE DAY COMP
In the New Zealand Women’s One Day Competition on Sunday, Sara McGlashan was unable to repeat her form of the previous weekend as she hit 10 runs before getting out.
Her Auckland team hit 233 runs but Canterbury beat that total with 20 balls to spare.
FIRST GRADE HEAT WAVE
While men’s Grade cricket was cancelled on the weekend because of a heatwave in New South Wales, women’s Grade cricket went ahead on Sunday.
In First Grade, Emily Leys hit 73 runs from 87 balls for Gordon, including 7 fours, in their victory over Campbelltown-Camden. All-rounder Leys did not bowl in Campbelltown-Camden’s innings.
Sarah Aley continued her wicket-taking form when her Bankstown Sports side beat Universities, with the Sixers player taking four wickets. With the bat, Aley managed four runs while Rhiannon Dick opened the batting and made 29 before being bowled.
SHEFFIELD SHIELD CONTINUES
Sheffield Shield cricket continued over the weekend and Jordan Silk’s Tasmanian state side were beaten by 9 wickets by Western Australia. Silk opened the batting in both innings, hitting 24 in the first and just 2 in the second.
New South Wales faced Queensland at the Sydney Cricket Ground in extreme heat over the weekend. NSW captain Moises Henriques wisely opted to bat first after winning the toss and Sixers Academy Captain Nick Larkin opened the batting with Dan Hughes.
Hughes was out for a golden duck but Larkin stay at the crease for 138 balls and hit 86 runs.
Henriques came in at number five and was in sensational form as he made 265 runs off 327 balls, an innings that included 28 fours and five sixes.
In Queensland's first innings, Doug Bollinger took the one wicket of Marnus Labuschagne, while Will Somerville took an incredible 8 for 136.
The match ended in a draw on the fourth day even though NSW enforced the follow on. Somerville took the only wicket of Queensland’s second innings to claim nine for the match.
Henriques was Man of the Match.