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Sixers show promise in trial loss to Thunder

10 October 2019

Erin Burns and Maddy Darke before heading out to bat at North Sydney Oval on Wednesday night.

A young Sydney Sixers side showed some encouraging signs on Wednesday night during their first trial match before the start of the Women’s Big Bash League in just over a week.

Led by allrounder Erin Burns, returning from national duties with the Australian Women’s cricket team, the Sixers lost their trial at North Sydney Oval by 18 runs to cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder.

The Sixers made 7/126 from their 20 overs in reply to 5/144. The two teams play the opening match of WBBL|05 next Friday at the same venue under lights.

The Sixers team featured seven teenagers and a number of rising stars from the Sixers Academy including allrounder Sam Arnold.

Burns was a stand-out with the bat, scoring 48 from 49 balls, but a number of the Sixers teenagers provided a glimpse of the talent they possess.

Seam bowling allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes, 16, who became the youngest Sixer to make her WBBL debut last season, claimed 2-28 from her four overs and played some powerful strokes in her short but entertaining 17 from 13 deliveries.

Her two wickets were the important dismissals of Naomi Stalenberg (35 from 24) and 16-year-old Phoebe Litchfield (25 from 27) at the top of the order.

Newly contracted Maddy Darke, 18, also made an enterprising 24 from as many balls opening the batting with Burns. The pair added 39 from 35 to get the run chase off to a good start.

Despite the efforts of Burns, some controlled bowling and disciplined fielding by the Thunder prevented a Sixers victory.

Allrounder Lisa Griffith returned best figures for the Thunder with 2-8 from her two overs.

Pace bowler Stella Campbell, 17, also showed good rhythm at the bowling crease opening the attack for the Sixers.