Sixers scorched to end tournament with six-game losing streak

Ellyse Perry batting
Ellyse Perry finished 39 not out, but her Sydney Sixers side suffered a sixth straight loss to end WBBL|07. Image: Sydney Sixers/Twitter

The Sydney Sixers have suffered a sixth straight defeat to close out their WBBL|07 tournament, out-batted by the Perth Scorchers in an eight wicket loss.

It has been far from the successful seasons of the Sixers past in the seventh edition of the WBBL, however, the team was still in good spirits today as they fell by eight wickets to the Scorchers. 

When asked on the broadcast what has gone wrong this tournament, Nicole Bolton on the player mic said it just hasn’t come together – particuarly for the senior players this year. 

“I think if you actually look at the tournament and who is leading the runs and the wickets, it’s the top four,” she said. 

“So without going into too much detail, I just think our senior players, we just need to stand up. 

“We’re good enough players, we’ve done it on the international stage, so I think you know we don’t want to go into our shells.

“It only takes a couple of innings’ for people to get away.”

After winning the flip, the Sixers elected to bat and sent out Shafali Verma to open with Alyssa Healy in her 100th WBBL match. It’s a move they’ve made before this season and after Saturday’s collapse a change to the order was required. 

At the end of the Powerplay, the Sixers were looking good at 0/41 in a much steadier start. 

However, all the early work of Verma and Healy came undone in three balls when Alana King came on to bowl. 

With her first ball she bowled milestone player Healy and with her third ball she dismissed Verma lbw. In one over, both set Sixers’ batters were back in the dugout. 

Halfway through the innings the Sixers were 2/58 and well-positioned to launch through the final 10 overs. 

The pair of Ellyse Perry and Nicole Bolton continued at a slower, but steady, pace and started to find the boundary to increase the run rate. 

Perth returned to King for a breakthrough and she struck immediately, bowling Bolton for 19. Bolton was looking to sweep, but the fuller and faster delivery took off stump and sent Bolton packing. 

Angela Reakes and Perry started to tee off, but it was too late to get the total up and over the par mark of 140. 

With 128 on the board, the Sixers needed to break the Scorchers’ damaging opening partnership early. 

While it took a few overs, an awesome catch by Lauren Cheatle running in from the boundary dismissed Sophie Devine for 18.

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The Sixers also removed the Scorchers’ other opener before the halfway mark. 

Bolton returned to the attack to take the wicket of Beth Mooney, caught and bowled. 

However, Perth’s third and fourth batters were strong and skilful in the middle, punishing pull shots to the boundary and chasing down the total.

Chloe Piparo made a half-century just before Heather Graham finished the job off with a four. 

Bolton joked with the commentary team that it was time to look to her keeper Healy to have a bowl to try and break through the partnership. 

“I think it’s maybe Heals (Healy) takes the gloves off and has a trundle,” Bolton joked.

“100th game, you know… She’s been bowling in the nets, so her loads are up.”

While the match was not the ending to the season the Sixers were after, the team has enjoyed each other’s company and their time on the road together. 

“Still got lots to celebrate, obviously Heals’ 100th game today, and I think it’s Benny’s 100th as coach, so still a lot that we’re going to celebrate tonight,” Bolton said. 

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