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Reakes ready for battle of Sydney

11 January 2018

Sixers allrounder Ange Reakes says the team is ready for their second match against cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder on Saturday.

With the ladder of WBBL|03 being extremely close, Reakes says the team would love to be able to get a win over the top of the table Sydney Thunder.

“It’s going to be a very important match for us. The top four or five teams are fairly close. [The] net run rate is probably the only thing coming into play at the moment. To get up over the Thunder is always a good win but hopefully, our day is on Saturday.”

“If you can race away around now in the whole competition then it’s a lot more comfortable but it’s up for grabs at the moment. Everyone’s very close and any team can take it away so hopefully we just come away with the win.”

Although many Sixers and Thunder players come from the same NSW playing group, Reakes says the team looks at the match like any other game.

“I guess it’s a little bit more competitive than most of our games because we know so many of the players’ ins and outs. We like to tackle it like another game but come to the last ball being bowled and when the result comes our way hopefully, it’s a little bit more special.”

“I think that’s the beauty of the Big Bash at the moment. There might be a couple like Stefanie Taylor and Alex Blackwell but just like our team they bat all the way down so you just got to be on your game every single ball.”

“I think it’s much the same as most games. Obviously, there’s a little bit more tactics, you might have a few more people running up to the captain saying they know something about another player but it’s really much the same as any other game.”

Reakes believes a winning result will boost the team’s confidence going further into the season.

“It’ll just give us some good momentum going into some tough rounds. We’ve got the Heat and the Strikers still and they’re obviously very competitive and got some good wins over the line recently. It’ll just be really nice in preparing for the back-end of the competition.”

The women’s game is scheduled to start at 2:30pm on Saturday and will be followed by the men at 7:25pm.