Her hundred on the WBBL’s opening weekend was something truly special, yet her destructive 72 against the Strikers in Sunday’s semi-final was arguably her most performance innings of the season.
Walking to the crease at 1/3, Gardner timed the ball from the moment she took guard, and combined deft touches and good strike rotation with some truly brutal ball striking. One of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball on the planet showed once again her attacking capacity, clearing the fence no less than six times to go with her five boundaries.
Speaking to Sixers TV after the fixture, Gardner hailed the patience of her knock as the key to her success.
“Patience was the key for me out there today. I was definitely much more patient than I normally am, which meant I got to cash in later in my innings.”
“When they kept mid-on and mid-off up, I knew I could go over the top when they got a little too full. Waiting for the bad ball and targeting my strengths worked for me today.”
As has been the story of the season, the bowling effort was outstanding, and Gardner couldn’t have been more full of praise for the sides bowling unit.
“Our bowlers did an awesome job today. Sarah Aley was great taking 4 wickets, and Kim Garth and Erin Burns were fantastic too. I think they (the Strikers) found it difficult when they bowled back of a length and dug the ball in.”
With the semi-final now behind them, Gardner was clear about what her side wanted to achieve come the final on Sunday afternoon.
“It is so special, being there (in the WBBL final) three times in a row. After that performance – we’re ready to go one better again.”
“Relaxing and taking our minds away from cricket tomorrow is key. Getting our minds around the final later in the week will come, but it’s important to get away now and freshen up.”
The Sixers tackle the Perth Scorchers in a rematch of last year’s final on Sunday afternoon. You can catch all the action on Network Ten.