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Perry strikes, Sixers bowlers shine

03 January 2017

The Sydney Sixers have climbed to the top of the WBBL ladder after a 4 wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers.

Captain Ellyse Perry was magnificent with the bat as she guided her side home in a Player of the Match performance against the Strikers at the Adelaide Oval.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Strikers struggled to pick the gaps in the field thanks to some classy fielding from the side in magenta.

After claiming the first wicket in the 4th over of the match yesterday, it was a case of déjà vu for Sarah Aley.

In the 4th over, she removed Alex Price after Healy completed a brilliant stumping.

Trademark Healy stumping

Lauren Smith then picked up two quick wickets, including the dangerous Tammy Beaumont.

After top scoring yesterday for the Strikers, Beaumont played all around a well flighted delivery before Healy clipped the bails. With Healy’s second stumping, Adelaide were in trouble at 3/65.

The Sixers proceeded to tear through the middle-order, claiming 3 wickets within the space of one over from Smith. Sthalekar moved well to have Nitschke run out, with Smith trapping Coute LBW two balls later before Perry rounded off the 15th over with another pinpoint run-out.

Lauren Smith Three Wickets

With Adelaide at 6/73, the women in magenta kept their foot on the pedal as they ran through the Adelaide tail with ease. The experienced Sthalekar picked up her second wicket of the season, a beautiful looping ball kissing the bails as Saville departed for a duck.

Aley picked up a run-out of her own in the 19th over, with Sthalekar returning to the attack in the final over to knock over the last two Strikers wickets.

A total of just 94 runs highlighted the ruthlessness displayed by the Sixers, as the spin duo of Sthalekar (3/12) and Smith (3/16) left the field to rounds of applause, claiming six wickets between them.

Strikers Innings Highlights

The Sixers completed the chase within 18 overs as Healy and Perry looked to match their record-breaking opening stand from the previous day.

Healy struck her first boundary in the 4th over with a magnificent six flying over the rope at long on. Megan Schutt claimed the first wicket at the start of the 7th over, as Healy drove a ball into the hands of Coyte at cover to be dismissed for 17.

Alyssa Healy Six

Coming off the back of a blistering batting cameo, Gardener looked to replicate her hard-hitting innings as she struck a couple of classy boundaries.

But a few balls later, Gardener found herself trapped LBW with the score at 2/38 after 8 overs. Things got a little shaky for the Sixers, as McGlashan and Van Niekerk both fell within the space off four balls.

However, Perry was the calming presence out in the middle, taking it upon herself to lead her team to victory. The Sixers skipper struck back-to-back fours to keep the Sixers on track for victory, before Marizanne Kapp departed for 1.

Ellyse Perry Innings Highlights

And with Reakes falling short of her crease in a running mix-up, the scorecard read 6/77. But with Perry exhibiting her skill and composure, the Sixers cruised to victory off the back of four boundaries from the captain in the 18th over.

Thanks to Perry’s season-high score of 48 runs off 41 balls, the Sixers secured their 4th win on the trot to sit in first place on the WBBL ladder.

 The Sixers will look to cement their place at the top when they return to Sydney on Sunday to face the Perth Scorchers at Hurstville Oval.

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