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Win really good way to reward our fans: Healy

01 December 2019

Alyssa Healy celebrates the important wicket of Sophie Devine with Jodie Hicks.

Stand-in captain Alyssa Healy says, although bittersweet, defeating the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday in front of some loyal Sixers fans that came out to Hurstville Oval was a nice way to finish WBBL|05.

Deputising for the injured Ellyse Perry, Healy blasted 84 from just 38 deliveries, including seven sixes, in a 13-run win that saw the Sixers finish fifth on the WBBL ladder, one win outside finals.

Healy said that the Sixers had put the question of finals to one side before the match so as to play with freedom, no matter the result of the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder game on Sunday morning which determined the Sixers fortunes.

“Obviously we found out at the break that it wasn’t going to happen (and the Renegades had won through to the semi-finals), but full credit to the girls for the effort they put in, even in that fielding innings,” said Healy after being named Player of the Match.

“Just shows the culture of this club and hopefully we can take that forward to next year.”

Healy back in form with sizzling knock to sign off WBBL|05

The Sixers finished the season on seven wins and seven losses with Ellyse Perry the leading run-scorer in magenta for WBBL|05, despite missing the final five matches due to a shoulder injury.

Perry scored 469 runs at the remarkable average of 93.8. South African pace bowling allrounder Marizanne Kapp was the strike weapon up front taking 15 wickets at 20.2.

Healy made the only century for the Sixers during the season that came in a record WBBL partnership of 199 opening with Perry at the WACA Ground, Perth.

The younger players in the group also impressed Healy, including 17-year-old fast bowler Stella Campbell, who claimed personal best WBBL figures of 2-12 from three overs in the win over the Strikers on Sunday.

“(Stella’s) been sensational all year,” said Healy.

Stella Campbell speaks about taking her first WBBL wicket earlier in the season.

“I think finally given the opportunity to open the bowling (with Ellyse Perry out injured), she’s really relished that.

“And to see her come out of her shell as well this year, the youngsters in the group are probably the loudest off the field,” said Healy with a smile.

Campbell claimed five wickets for the season at an average of 28.8.

Alyssa Healy Post-Match Interview after defeating the Strikers

Healy also commended the efforts of 16-year-old seamer Hayley Silver-Holmes in her second season as a Sixer, who claimed six wickets in WBBL|05.

“Hayley Silver-Holmes has been special all year as well with the ball being asked to do some uncomfortable things and she’s nailed it.

“Really pleased with everyone’s effort, I think they’ll take a lot of learnings out of this year and hopefully be better again next year."