22/05/2024

Sixers' captain Ellyse Perry knows where her side can improve as they look to turn around their poor form in WBBL|07 (Photo: Dani Brown).

Ellyse Perry had some harsh words for her Sixers after letting another match slip against the Strikers, but is confident going forward her side can turn their form around.

Sydney Sixers captain Ellyse Perry hasn’t been very used to failure during her time playing professional cricket. But now at the helm of the Sixers as they continue to slide down the WBBL table, she believes she knows where her side can improve to make a mad dash for the finals.

The Sixers once again showed flashes of brilliance, with a brilliant Shafali Verma half-century from the middle order powering the side to 4/142 in their 20 overs against the Strikers.

But poor performances with the ball and in the field ultimately cost the Sixers, who could only take two wickets as Adelaide romped to an eight-wicket win.

After another fade-out late in the game, Perry says the effort is still there.

“Especially these last two days, you can’t fault anyone’s effort,” she said.

Alyssa Healy takes to the skies to pull down a take, but her Sixers struggled to contain the Strikers at the death (Photo: Dani Brown).

“We’ve been a little off the mark with our bowling, and it’s been punished. It’s happened a few too many times, and it’s disappointing, but at the same time it’s cricket, and we have another opportunity in a few days’ time.”

Needing to improve rapidly if the Sixers are to challenge for a top four spot on the WBBL|07 table, the Aussie all-rounder believes the side’s fielding and bowling discipline is critical to their finals chances.

“I think some of our bowlers missed their execution, our plans are fine, and when we hit the spots we want to bowl we’re good at restricting their batters, but we just missed way too many times today,” Perry said.

“Some of our fielding is a little bit school-girl at the moment, we just look scared of the ball, and are making some naïve errors which are costing us a bit in such a strong competition.”

But it’s not all doom and gloom for the girls in magenta, who have faith that if they “get around their mistakes at training” and “attack the game”, they can get back in the hunt for a finals spot.

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Perry was also quick to praise the efforts of Shafali Verma, who’s unbeaten half-century lit up Karen Rolton Oval, and young bowler Emma Hughes.

“Shafali batted really well, we asked her to do a different role in the middle order, and there’s been a couple of times when she’s come out and attacked that position really well,” Perry said.

“She’s taken the role on really well, and she’s done a great job for us.

“I was also really pleased for Emma Hughes to come into the game with a great over or so.”

With such a star-studded line-up, the Sydney side were tipped by many to be one of the early favourites in this year’s tournament. Although this current WBBL campaign may not be going the way the Sixers expected, Perry is optimistic about the impact the experience will have on the squad’s younger members.

Sixers’ all-rounder Ash Gardner tries to take a vital wicket (Photo: Dani Brown).

“We’re going to have to play well to make finals, especially playing some of the harder teams in the next couple of games. We’ve shown at times when we play good cricket we’re up there with some of the best teams in the competition,” she said.

“It’s all about experience too, we have some really young players out there, and this will be good for them.

“Unfortunately or fortunately for us, we don’t have much room to move now, it’s pretty black and white for us.”

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