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Strikers push Sixers out of WBBL Top 4

11 November 2021

The results at Karen Rolton Oval has reshaped the WBBL Top 4.

Adelaide Strikers have cruised to a crucial eight-wicket victory to push the Sydney Sixers out of the top four as the WBBL enters the business end of the regular season.

With the top three sides sitting four points clear, the showdown between the Strikers and Sixers was always going to be a critical one in the battle for finals.

The Adelaide club now sit equal on nine points with the Sixers and Stars, but with a superior net run rate and with a game in hand over their magenta rivals.

The Strikers' dominant display in chasing the Sixers' 4-142 with eight balls to spare, led by Katie Mack's aggressive unbeaten 67, presented an ominous sign to the competition.

The Sixers again elected to bat first at the batting friendly Karen Rolton Oval, but as happened against the Heat on Tuesday, they again had their total chased down with relative ease.

A promising start from Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy ended when Perry was run out on 24, caught out by a brilliant save from Bridget Patterson and clinical collect and throw from Dane van Niekerk.

That piece of teamwork was followed by a stunning delivery from Darcie Brown a ball later which bowled Ashleigh Gardner for a golden duck, while Healy became Brown's second victim when she was dismissed for 13.

India star Shafali Verma (53no from 43) and Nicole Bolton (34 from 38) added valuable runs and Maitlan Brown (15no from 9) finished with a flourish.

Brown then bowled van Niekerk (0) to five the Sixers a dream start with the ball, but they struggled to create other opportunities as Laura Wolvaardt joined Katie Mack in a 74-run stand.

Wolvaardt was run out on 33, but Tahlia McGrath, celebrating her 26th birthday, picked up where the South African left off, hitting an unbeaten 40 from 30.

Her efforts combined with Mack's career best 67 from 55 saw the Strikers to their fourth win of the season with 1.2 overs to spare.