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Heat to test where we are at: Healy

06 November 2019

Alyssa Healy sweeps during her 52-ball century against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday.

Centurion in the 45-run win over the Melbourne Stars, Alyssa Healy says this Saturday’s match against the Brisbane Heat at North Sydney Oval will be a good test of where the Sixers are at in WBBL|05.

 

Healy, who recently re-signed with the Sixers until at least the end of WBBL|08, scored 106 not out from just 53 balls and shared a Women's Big Bash record unbeaten 199-run partnership with Sixers captain Ellyse Perry (87 not out) on Sunday in the win over the Stars at the WACA Ground in Perth.

It was the Sixers fourth win of the competition, and first back-to-back on consecutive days, with their only loss coming against the Heat by 92 runs on the opening weekend at North Sydney Oval.

The Sixers also defeated the Melbourne Renegades at the WACA Ground last Saturday.


Healy said the Heat match comes at the right time of the season.

“Having the Heat twice early on in the season, I think is a good thing for us,” Healy said.

“They’re a really good side and obviously defending champs, for us it’s probably the right time of the season at the minute to test exactly where we’re at.”

The Heat match is the first of four games in the space of eight days for the Sixers including a mid-week trip to Tasmania.

The fact that the Sixers were able to become one of only four teams in WBBL|05 to win back-to-back matches on the one weekend was a significant box to tick leading into a tricky week, says Healy.

 

 

“For us to tick that box I think is going to be really crucial heading into a really busy part of this Big Bash.

“If we can handle that the best we can and get some wins in some tough situations, I think it’ll do us some good.”

Reflecting on her century in Perth, Healy said it was nice to put everything together for the first time in this WBBL campaign.

“Knowing the form I’ve been in over the last sort of 12 to 18 months to finally put it all together on Sunday was pleasing and to have a really good partnership with (Ellyse Perry) and set ourselves up in a game.


“We speak a lot about backing up for the second game on a weekend, and it’s been very difficult for a lot of teams to do, so to come out and put a score on the board and then defend it was probably the most pleasing part of the day.”

Healy also expressed how much it meant to continue her association with the Sixers.

“I speak a lot about being loyal to those who have been really loyal to me and the Sixers have been a fantastic club for me to be a part of over the last five seasons and to stay here and … to potentially finish my career here would be something really special.”

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