Three of our Sydney Sixers women -Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, and Ashleigh Gardner- played in the national side and put on a quality display of cricket in a thrilling encounter.
Sydney Sixers all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner played a crucial role in the game. She took the most wickets in the match with figures of 3/47 off nine overs with one being the key wicket of Sarah Taylor. With the Southern Stars in a precarious position at six wickets down chasing 229, Gardner put on a game-changing batting display to help the Aussies seal the win. Her 27 (18) runs featured 2 fours and 2 sixes which entertained a nervous crowd.
Gardner's performance capped off a fantastic week for the 20-year-old, who was also honoured at the Women in Sport awards last week with the 'One to Watch' award.
Sixers captain Ellyse Perry made a contribution with her fast-pace bowling. She claimed the big wickets of international WBBL players Tammy Beaumont and Katherine Brunt. With the bat, Perry scored 20 (44) runs with a four and a six on the scorecard. Sixers and Australian wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy helped the Southern Stars get off to a fast start with 18 (15) where she smashed four boundaries in her innings.The next two Ashes ODIs will be played at Coffs Harbour International Stadium on October 26 and 29.