An unbeaten half-century from captain Ellyse Perry pushed the Sydney Sixers total to 118 runs.(Photo: Sydney Sixers - Twitter)

A disappointing day for the Sydney Sixers, as the top order was spun out by the Melbourne Renegades spinners.

A disappointing day for the Sydney Sixers, as the top order was spun out by the Melbourne Renegades’ spinners’.

The Sixers have now lost consecutive games as their star-studded top order was unable to combat the Renegades’ spinners’ in their batting powerplay.

After being asked to bat first, the Sixers batting innings couldn’t have got off to a poorer start as young Indian sensation Shafali Verma went out on the third ball of the game, top-edging a ball to short extra cover off the bowling of Sophie Molineux.

Ashleigh Gardner and Alyssa Healy would soon follow, both succumbing to the spin of Harmanpreet Kaur in the powerplay, leaving the Sixers 3-17 off six overs.

As the powerplay finished and Ellyse Perry and Nicole Bolton at the crease, both batters struggled to score. Perry scored nine runs off her first 25 balls. Perry and Bolton anchored the innings until Bolton (38 off 41) holed out to deep mid-wicket in the 18th over.

Nicole Bolton played a huge role alongside Ellyse Perry anchoring the Sixers batting innings after the early top-order collapse during the powerplay. (Photo: Sydney Sixers – Twitter)

With some late hitting from Ellyse Perry, the Sixers were able to score 37 runs off the last five overs, pushing their total to 4/118 off their 20 overs. Perry top-scored for the Sixers, remaining unbeaten on 50 off 51 balls.

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Defending an under-par total, the Sixers needed to create early chances and limit the Renegades’ scoring. They were able to dismiss opening batter Jemimah Rodrigues running out the Indian batter for 13 runs.

Stella Campbell (1-13 off three overs) continued the impressive form that saw her make her debut in the Australian set-up this summer, causing havoc for the Renegades batters. She took the wicket of Eve Jones (38 off 30) with her first delivery of the day.

Courtney Webb (23 off 25) and Harmanpreet Kaur put on a 44 run partnership before Webb was dismissed by Radha Yadav. Some late hitting from Kaur (35 off 29) steered the Renegades to 3-120, with three overs to spare.

Despite the poor batting display, there were plenty of positives to come out of the Sixers bowling innings. Left-arm speedster Lauren Cheatle (0-17 off two overs) made her return back to cricket, playing her first match in seven months after a horrible run with injury that included back problems and shoulder surgery.

The Sydney Sixers will now travel to Perth ahead of their rematch against the Melbourne Renegades next Saturday at Lilac Hill.

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