Ellyse Perry has once again shown why she is the world’s best allrounder on Friday night leading the Sixers to a 49-run victory in the opening match of the Women’s Big Bash League.
The Sixers captain scored a punishing 81 from 48 balls against the Sydney Thunder at North Sydney Oval then returned 2-13 from three overs both coming in her first over. Perry was named Player of the Match.
Perry dismissed both openers Naomi Stalenberg (2) and Rachel Priest (1) within three deliveries and the Thunder were 2/5 in the second over.
She picked up where she left off with the bat after breaking the WBBL runs scoring record last season with 777 at an average of 86.33.
Perry reached the boundary 13 times and cleared it once on her way to a 15th WBBL half-century.
The Thunder were restricted to 9/143 from their 20 overs in reply to 6/192.
Teenagers Maddy Darke, 18, and fast bowler Stella Campbell, 17, both made their debuts for the Sixers in the win. Darke recovered from an injury scare while batting to take the field when the home side had the ball.
The Thunder also had two debutants with talented batter Phoebe Litchfield, 16, and allrounder Hannah Darlington, 18, making their first WBBL appearance.
It was the batting of Perry in partnership with Alyssa Healy (42 from 32) that stole the momentum away from the Thunder after the Sixers won the bat flip and elected to bat first.
The pair added 83 from 57 deliveries before Healy was dismissed by Thunder recruit Pakistani off-spinner Nida Dar (2-44).
Such was the form of Perry the only way it appeared she was going to get out was to be run out and that was how the Thunder cut her brilliant innings short.
Sixers seamer Marizanne Kapp claimed the key wicket of Thunder captain and Australian One-Day opener Rachael Haynes (11).
A short ball forcing a false shot from Haynes, before she had an opportunity to get into her rhythm, was comfortably taken by Healy behind the wicket. Kapp finished with 1-10 from three overs.