The Hobart Hurricanes needed 16 from the final over, and it was getting close for the Sixers, but as she did with the bat Ashleigh Gardner stepped up to secure a nine-run win in our Pride Party match at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.
After Gardner had smashed 53 from 35 balls, captain Ellyse Perry threw her the ball for the final over and at one stage was on a hat-trick taking two crucial wickets.
She finished with 2-20 from her four overs. The Hurricanes made 8-140 in reply to 6-149.
Gardner said she was a little bit surprised to be given the ball for the final over but was glad she had a few runs in her favour.
“We always say the 19th is probably the most important when there’s only 20 runs on the board, if you can nail that over, which Kappie did perfectly it gives me a few more runs to bowl against,” said Gardner.
“I probably wasn’t as surprised knowing that not many other people had overs left.”
The teenagers were the other stars of the show for the Sixers.
Speedster Stella Campbell (2-21) and fellow pace bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes (2-26) took the first four wickets to keep the pressure on the Hurricanes' run chase.
Silver-Holmes claimed the key wicket of big-hitting South African Chloe Tryon (10) in a very big moment during the match with less than five overs to go.
“We saw last year that she was successful against us. I think that was a big wicket to pick up, like the girls said, it changed the game. She can be so destructive. It was a massive wicket," said Silver-Holmes post-match.
The win puts the Sixers top of the table with their next clash against the Perth Scorchers at Hurstville Oval tomorrow starting at 2.30pm.
More important than the win on Saturday was the recognition of our LGBT+ community. The Sixers are committed to using education to create a safe environment for the LGBT+ community to watch and play cricket and have developed a 3-year strategy aimed at delivering upon this purpose.