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Coyte determined to help Sixers to Big Final

30 January 2018

As cricket fans, we are privileged to be able to watch a group of men and women perform at the peak of their powers, in front of adoring people all around the country.

Indeed, it is easy to get caught up in the cyclical bubble that is a domestic cricket season.

You ride the highs that come with big wins and season ending titles, and you feel the same pain as every other loyal supporter when it isn’t quite all clicking on the field.

Thus, Sarah Coyte’s return to the magenta this weekend was a poignant reminder of how the game pales in comparison to the bigger issues that life can confront us with.

Since quitting cricket at the age of 25 following extremely successful stints with both the Adelaide Strikers and Australian sides, she has been open about the mental and physical issues that followed.

Battling anxiety and anorexia, a move back home to Sydney in early 2017 eventually resulted in her return to club cricket late last year. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Coyte said that it was “going to watch her partner Rebecca play” that got her back into the game, as she “was getting sunburnt anyway, so why not play?”

With the departure of Marizanne Kapp to international duty, head coach Ben Sawyer needed a fiery quick to call upon to do a job leading into the finals, leading to the phone call that saw Coyte roll out at Hurstville Oval over the weekend in a triumphant return to the professional scene – taking player of the match honours in their second fixture on Sunday.

Speaking to after the second match, Coyte admitted making her return to BBL cricket was not as straightforward as her performance might suggest.

“It’s been challenging. I won’t lie about it, I did have a bit of anxiety (this morning) ... But getting out there with the girls made things really comfortable.”

Coyte says she and the rest of the Sixers are primed and ready to make it two titles on the trot.

“It’s been a great weekend for us, and it’s nice to return to the top of the table.”

“The momentum we can take from this weekend is huge, and what a team we have to go on with it. We’ve secured three finals spots in three years, so let’s hope we can keep that going.”

The Sixers will look to book a spot in the Big Final when they tackle the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday afternoon at 2:40pm AEST.