Speaking at Sydney Airport before flying to the city of churches last week, Aley spoke of how she “wasn’t happy with how the ball was coming out” in her previous bowling efforts. You’d have been forgiven for questioning this sentiment given her 16 wicket season leading into the semi.
There is no doubt, however, that the ball is coming out nicely now, as she made it an even 20 against Adelaide – including the key wickets of Tahlia McGrath and Sophie Devine.
Speaking to Sixers TV after the game, she was full of praise for her teammates, and hailed the effort of the entire bowling unit in securing victory.
“Kimmy’s (Garth) spell in the powerplay was really good, as was Erin Burns’ in the middle overs. She squeezed one end, and that’s what got us there in the end. There’s a few things in the field we can sharpen up on before Sunday – but we’re feeling really good.”
“I’ll take it (the wickets). That’s T20 cricket! The majority of the time it came out pretty well today. I knew that once I was in the middle with the ball in my hand, I just needed to attack the stumps.”
Speaking on the Sixers’ qualification for their third straight season, Aley was excited at the prospect of another WBBL final.
“It’s really good (to qualify), and it’s something that hasn’t happened before (a franchise making three straight finals). It’ll take a while to sink in… Hopefully we can stay in Adelaide and play at this amazing ground come Sunday.”
“It’s not every day you win a major semi-final in a tournament like this. We’ll enjoy tonight and then freshen up tomorrow and make sure we’re ready to hit the ground running come Sunday.”
The Sixers will look to go back-to-back when they take on the Perth Scorchers on Sunday afternoon, live on Network Ten.