Sydney Derby in sugar city leaves Sixers battling for finals berth

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Ellyse Perry was a shining light for the Sixers. Photo: @WBBL Twitter

It was another hotly-contested Sydney Derby, but the Sixers and Thunder battled it out on the road in Mackay.

The Great Barrier Reef Arena hosted its fourth WBBL fixture on it, with inconsistent bounce and strong turn providing batters with difficulties.

A class showing from Ellyse Perry with 40 not out gave the Sixers some hope in the first innings, but a slow run rate made a total difficult to defend.

After dropping its first match of the weekend against Adelaide, the Thunder held firm and made the Sixers’ total of 94 with 5.5 overs left.

Smriti Mandhana anchored the Thunder innings, scoring 45 off 39 deliveries while other batters came and went.

Lauren Cheatle was the most dangerous bowler for the Sixers, claiming 3/15 off her four overs.

Only Stella Campbell managed to grab a wicket out of the other five bowlers.

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The loss leaves the Sixers out of touch of the top four, while Thunder keep their slim hopes for finals alive.

Sydney Thunder star Rachel Haynes, who withdrew from the WBBL|07 squad, said it had been tough to watch the Sixers fall away this season.

“They just haven’t quite clicked and I think it’s really highlighted just how crucial Alyssa Healy is for them at the top of the order,” she said.

“She’d probably admit she hasn’t quite had the season she wanted to.”

Despite the team’s struggles, Healy said she enjoyed playing in Mackay.

“It’s significantly warmer than it was two months ago (during Australia v India ODI series),” she said.

“I think it’s such a beautiful place to play cricket and it’s great to get the North Queenslanders a chance to watch the WBBL in action.”

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