The Sydney Sixers went to Perth this weekend in search of their first WBBL victory, but fell short against some of the competition’s strongest outfits.
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The Sixers fell to 8/35 against the Perth Scorchers in the first game, before a 56-run ninth wicket stand between Sarah Aley and Ashleigh Gardner helped the side to 81. Aley was dismissed for 29, whilst Gardner was the last to fall for a spirited 23.
English international Laura Marsh picked up one wicket as the home side secured a nine-wicket victory.
The side pulled on the magenta again just hours later against the Brisbane Heat. Grace Harris played a starring role with the bat, scoring the first century in WBBL history as Brisbane posted 3/190. Laura Marsh was the pick of the Sixers bowlers, with the accomplished all-rounder claiming 3/17 off three overs.
The Sixers posted 7/155 in reply, with Sara McGlashan scoring the Sixers’ first ever WBBL half-century. The New Zealand international smashed four sixes and six fours on her way to 61 from just 29 deliveries.
McGlashan brought up her fifty from just 23 balls, setting a Sixers record for the fastest half-century in both men’s and women’s competitions.
The Sixers again tasted defeat at the hands of the Heat In the final clash of the weekend. Struggling early at 2/3, an unbeaten 31 from Lisa Sthalekar helped the side to a respectable 7/114.
Angela Reakes took the lone wicket of Brisbane’s innings to finish with figures of 1/24 off four overs as the Heat chased down the target in 18 overs.
Speaking after the weekend’s fixtures, Lisa Sthalekar said there were positive signs for the side to take out from the matches against the top early season favourites of the competition.
“I think we fought back really well today, and obviously the Brisbane Heat with Grace Harris and Beth Mooney at the top are pretty dynamic and when they start seeing the ball like watermelons it can be quite difficult to stop,” she said.
“But we were able to peg them back and I thought our girls bowled really well and really tight throughout that middle patch and the back end of the innings.
“We’ve gone back to what our strengths are, and focusing on what we need to do rather than our opposition. We’re bowling in the right areas that we’re comfortable executing in, and we were able to tie them up which was shown today”
The Sixers now turn their attention to two clashes with the Melbourne Stars this Friday and Saturday at Drummoyne Oval, before a return bout with the Scorchers on Sunday at the SCG.
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