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Around the Wickets: February 21

21 February 2017

We follow the Sixers players as they ply their trade locally and around the world.

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 Geelong and Sri Lanka.


Sixers captain Moises Henriques earned a recall to the Australian T20I team after a stellar year for the Sixers with the bat. The Australians are playing Sri Lanka in a three match series, with the tourists winning the first two.

Henriques batted at number four in the first game and hit a six as he made 17 off ten balls before getting out.

In the second game in Geelong, Henriques top-scored for the hosts with an unbeaten half century of 56 from 37 balls. Henriques bowled in Sri Lanka’s run chase but was unable to take a wicket.

The third and final match of the series will be played on Wednesday in Adelaide.


Ash Gardner’s fairytale summer continued with a debut cap for the Southern Stars in their T20 match against New Zealand at the SCG last Friday. Gardner also became the first Indigenous woman since 1958 to play cricket for Australia.

Gardner was run out for a golden duck in her debut after a mix-up with Meg Lanning and the Sixers star did not bowl in New Zealand’s run chase as the Southern Stars won by 40 runs. Alyssa Healy also played but was not required to bat.

In the second game won by New Zealand after rain interrupted play, Gardner and Healy were both again in the starting XI. Both players hit 5 runs and Gardner was again run out.

In the first innings, Gardner took her first international wicket when she removed Amy Satterthwaite for 13 runs. She finished with figures of 1 for 3 from her lone over.

WBBL|02’s leading wicket taker Sarah Aley is in the Southern Stars squad for the series but is yet to play a game.


Before the Test Tour of India begins on Thursday, Australia played a tour match against India A with Sixers Steve O’Keefe, Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon all in the team. Sixers Official Ambassador Steve Smith also played.

Australia batted first with Smith hitting 107 runs before retiring and O’Keefe made 8 not out. In India A’s first innings Lyon took 4 for 162, O’Keefe 3 for 101 and Bird 2 for 60.

The only Sixers player to bat in Australia’s second innings was O’Keefe and he was unbeaten again, this time on 19 runs, after batting at number four.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are both in the Test squad but neither played in the tour match.


Both Jason Roy and Sam Billings wrapped up their stints in the Pakistan Super League, both selected in England’s upcoming tour of the West Indies.

In Roy’s win with the Lahore Qalandars over the Karachi Kings, the Englishman hit a quick-fire 26 off 16 balls, including a six. In his fifth and final game for the Qalandars, Roy recorded his second half-century of the tournament with 51 runs off 27 balls and three sixes.

Despite helping his side reach 200, the Qalandars were beaten by the Quetta Gladiators by five wickets.

In his third game for Islamabad United this year, Billings was at his best as he smashed 78 runs off 50 balls to help his team defeat Quetta by five wickets. In that same game, Australian Brad Haddin was out for 9 runs.

In the following Islamabad United game against Karachi, Billings was out for a golden duck and Haddin was caught and bowled for six runs. Karachi won by 8 runs in the rain-affected match.

In his final game for Islamabad this year, Billings was moved to the middle order behind Haddin, who scored 2 runs against Peshawar Zalmi, and Billings hit 11 runs before being bowled by Wahab Riaz.

In Islamabad’s sixth game, Haddin came in at first drop and made 1 run from 6 balls as the Qalandars beat the Australian’s side by 1 wicket with four balls remaining.


The ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers continued in Sri Lanka and Kim Garth played three matches for Ireland last week. The allrounder was out for duck against both Bangladesh and South Africa, but against Pakistan Garth reached 33.

Garth bowled in all three matches, but only took a wicket against Pakistan when she trapped Lizelle Lee for lbw. Ireland finished last in the Super Six stage of the qualifiers and couldn’t book a place in the 2017 World Cup.

Marizanne Kapp and Dane Van Niekerk’s South Africa side confirmed their place and will also contest the final against India on Tuesday February 21.

Kapp only got one chance with the bat and that came in South Africa’s loss to India where she made 29. Against India, Kapp claimed two wickets and also a wicket in each of the following matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland.

Against India, Van Niekerk became the first South African woman to take 100 wickets when she bowled Mona Meshram. That was Van Niekerk’s only wicket of the game and she made 20 runs in South Africa’s unsuccessful run chase. Van Niekerk took two wickets in both matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland and like Kapp was not required to bat.


The Futures League domestic competition continues with the states playing each other in Round 6. Jordan Silk is playing for Tasmania at Manuka Oval against the ACT and in the first innings the Sixers player fell just short of his half-century, hitting 46 from 88 balls.

Over in Western Australia, Nic Maddinson returned for New South Wales scoring 38 runs off 41 balls as the Blues were all out for 164. Ryan Carters opened the batting and could only manage five runs.

Both matches are scheduled to end on Thursday February 23.


With a gap between Sheffield Shield matches, a number of Sixers played First Grade cricket for their club sides last Saturday. Both Will Somerville and Henry Thornton suited up for Eastern Suburbs against Penrith and neither were required to bat in the first innings.

In Penrith’s run chase, Somerville bowled nine overs but couldn’t snare a wicket while Henry Thornton took home figures of 2 for 29 from his nine overs. Thornton also contributed in the field when he ran out Michael Castle as Easts won.

Daniel Hughes and Harry Conway made appearances for Northern Districts with Hughes making 10 runs in the opening innings. Conway helped Northern Districts build a total by contributing with 22 runs from 47 balls.

Conway bowled 7 overs but was unable to take a wicket as Gordon won the match.

Against Manly-Warringah at Manly Oval, Doug Bollinger returned for Fairfield-Liverpool and made three runs with the bat as his side were bowled out for 137 in the opening innings.

Bollinger took one wicket from his eight overs but the match was won by Manly after lighting and rain stopped play. 

Sean Abbott played for Parramatta against Blacktown at Merrylands Oval and he took three wickets from his 10 overs. Lighting and rain also stopped play and Abbott’s side won by 61 runs Duckworth Lewis method.

Sutherland captain Ben Dwarshuis helped his side reach 169 runs by making 39 runs from 62 balls but his two wickets weren’t enough to stop St George winning the game.


Lauren Smith and Angela Reakes both played for Sydney Rangers against Campbelltown-Camden with Reakes taking one wicket from 10 overs and Smith none. With the bat, Reakes hit 21 runs from 18 balls.

Carly Leeson played for Universities against St George-Sutherland and took a wicket from her six overs and made 4 runs.

Emily Leys played for Gordon and made 34 runs from 51 balls before being trapped lbw. Rhiannon Dick took 4 wickets for Bankstown Sports in the same match.

Dick opened the batting for Bankstown and made 59 from 122 balls before getting out lbw. Leys was unable to take a wicket from her four overs.


For the RSL Colts in the Dubbo District Cricket Association, BBL|06 Community Rookie Marty Jeffrey made six runs with the bat and didn’t take a wicket from his two overs. The match is scheduled to finish this Saturday.

In the Newcastle District’s First Grade competition, BBL|06 Newcastle Training Rookie Griffin Lea made 15 runs for Toronto Workers in the opening innings of the match. 

In his five overs on Saturday, Lea ended the day with figures of 1 for 27. Toronto’s match is also scheduled to finish this Saturday.

Lea on his week training with the Sixers

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