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Sixers go down to Renegades

30 October 2021

The Sydney Sixers have slumped to a third consecutive defeat, following a 12-run loss to the Melbourne Renegades - who claimed top spot for a brief period.

An economical bowling display and a two-wicket haul from Ashleigh Gardner was not enough to get the Sixers over the line at Lilac Hill, with Renegade Jess Duffin leading the charge with 41 runs.

Sydney restricted the slow-starting Renegades to 7-142, despite Duffin’s 17-run final-over flourish, but their target proved insurmountable as the Melbourne club again relied heavily on their in-form spin attack to restrict their rivals to 9-130.

After a slow start that saw Ellyse Perry remove Eve Jones (4) cheaply, Jemimah Rodrigues settled, striking 25 runs, putting on 34 with compatriot Harmanpreet Kaur for the third wicket.

Another India star Radha Yadav produced the highlight of the day with a stunning return catch to remove Kaur for 43, then Gardner found herself on a hat-trick after taking the consecutive wickets of Sophie Molineux (10) and Josie Dooley (0) in the 19th over, before Duffin’s finishing flourish.

Gardner’s 2-8 led the bowling effort, alongside Perry (1-15), Lauren Cheatle (1-17), Stella Campbell (1-17) and Radha Yadav (1-27), their combined efforts ensuring the Renegades found it difficult to establish a partnership.

Perry returned to the top of the order for the Sixers but they were nonetheless exposed early with bat in hand, with Molineux taking the wicket of Alyssa Healy (1); the sixth time the Australia spinner has removed for national teammate in their WBBL careers.

The Sixers faltered again, with fast reflexes from Rodrigues running out Gardner (4), followed by a boundary catch to knock off Perry for 28 runs, and then a sharp run out by of Nicole Bolton (9).

At 5-50 a partnership was needed, and it came from former Renegade Maitlan Brown and India star Shafali Verma, performing a new middle-order role.

The pair put on 50 runs, but with the required rate climbing the pressure saw Brown caught for 31, just two balls before Verma was caught behind for 20.

The Sixers faded away late, with a fourth run out sealing their fate. Renegade Ellie Falconer led the bowling with two wickets.

Both sides remain in Perth for the weekend, with the Renegades playing Adelaide Strikers tomorrow, while the Sixers take on the Perth Scorchers.

Sydney Sixers WBBL|07 Schedule (All AEDT Start Times) 

Sun 31 Oct | v Perth Scorchers | 4:50pm | Lilac Hill | Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Wed 3 Nov | v Hobart Hurricanes | 1:25pm | WACA Ground | Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Tues 9 Nov | v Brisbane Heat | 2:35pm | Karen Rolton Oval | Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Wed 10 Nov | v Adelaide Strikers | 4:50pm | Karen Rolton Oval | Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Sat 13 Nov | v Brisbane Heat | 7:05pm | Great Barrier Reef Arena | Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Sun 14 Nov | v Sydney Thunder | 1:40pm | Great Barrier Reef Arena | Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Sat 20 Nov | v Adelaide Strikers | 1:40pm | Adelaide Oval | Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Sun 21 Nov | v Perth Scorchers | 10:15am | Adelaide Oval | Seven/Foxtel/Kayo