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Healy hammers the Stars in WBBL season opener

14 October 2021

Alyssa Healy has started the Weber WBBL|07 season in electrifying fashion, hammering 57 from just 27 balls to guide the Sydney Sixers to a six-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars in a rain-reduced encounter.

Elyse Villani’s rapid fire 54no from 31 deliveries helped the Stars to 1-99 from a reduced 11 overs, but with the Stars fielding an inexperienced and undermanned attack – Erin Osborne missed with a shoulder complaint and overseas recruit Linsey Smith is still in quarantine – they had little to counter the power of Healy.

The Australian opener had come into the tournament off back three consecutive single-digit scores against India but showed no signs of rustiness at Blundstone Arena.

Opening with teenage India star Shafali Verma for the first time, Healy took the attack to 18-year-old pace bowler Tess Flintoff, finding the rope from the second ball of the chase and following up with four consecutive boundaries two overs later.

Annabel Sutherland got the better of Verma, who had made a scratchy eight runs before being bowled, but there was no stopping Healy, who hammered back-to-back fours off left-arm spinner Sophie Day to put the chase well in hand.

Healy’s half-century came off just 24 deliveries, two balls behind the tournament record.

Check out the highlights in the video below, including Shafali Verma's incredible direct hit run-out.

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

Sun 17 Oct | v Hobart Hurricanes | 1:40pm | Blundstone Arena | Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Wed 20 Oct | v Melbourne Stars | 4:50pm | Blundstone Arena | Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

Sat 23 Oct | v Sydney Thunder | 3:40pm | UTAS Stadium | Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Sun 24 Oct | v Melbourne Renegades | 1:40pm | UTAS Stadium | Seven/Foxtel/Kayo

Sat 30 Oct | v Melbourne Renegades | 1:25pm | Lilac Hill | Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au

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