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Opening round loss for Sixers

01 December 2018

Half-centuries to Alyssa Healy and captain Ellyse Perry have been unable to get the Sydney Sixers over the line in their opening match of WBBL|04 at Junction Oval.

A ruthless 102 not out from just 56 balls to South African wicketkeeper, batter, Lizelle Lee ensured a comfortable seven-wicket win for the Melbourne Stars. The hosts finished 3/166 in reply to 7/165 posted by the Sixers from their 20 overs.

Healy was the player of the tournament at the recent Women’s World T20, won by Australia, and top-scored for the Sixers with 70 from 47 balls. Her innings included 10 boundaries and one six.

Alyssa Healy Innings

Perry was equally as impressive. She made 58 from 40 deliveries including seven fours and one six.

The opening pair added 108 from 71 balls. However, the visitors missed an opportunity with the bat. The Sixers lost 7/57 in the final 8.1 overs of their innings.

Pace bowler for the Stars, Nicola Hancock (4-22), was the best of the Stars bowling attack.

After the Sixers won the toss and elected to bat first, Perry and Healy played with absolute freedom to start the match.

Perry was the first to reach her half-century from just 32 balls. Healy brought up her fifty in 36 deliveries.

Ellyse Perry Innings

The century stand was ended when Perry chopped on to her stumps and the Stars worked their way back into the contest from that point onwards.

Player of the Women’s World T20 Final for Australia, allrounder Ashleigh Gardner, followed three balls later for a second ball duck.

It became all the more important that Healy capitalised on her good start. She posted her fifty in spectacular fashion with a massive six over deep mid-wicket.

Healy departed in the 17th over and the Sixers were 4/152.

Hancock was key to the revival of the Stars. She claimed the wickets of South African allrounders Dane Van Niekerk (2) and, Marizanne Kapp without scoring, to be on a hat-trick at one stage.

In reply, the Stars raced to 57 in the sixth over, with Lee leading the way, before Perry (1-25) provided the breakthrough.

Former Sixers’ player Angela Reakes (13) top-edged an attempted pull shot caught by the safe hands of Sarah Aley at square leg.

However, Lee was the wicket that the Sixers needed. She posted her half-century in just 28 balls.

Gardner claimed a wicket with her first ball of the match. She beat the defences of Stars captain Erin Osborne (5) and it was one of two important wickets within five deliveries that kept the hopes alive of a Sixers victory.

Yet Lee continued to find the boundary. Lee struck three sixes and 16 fours during her match-winning century.

She was provided good support by fellow South African Mignon du Preez (33 not out) as the pair guided the Stars to victory in the 18th over.

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