Sydney Sixers WBBL captain Ellyse Perry has put in two fantastic performances for the Southern Stars in their two most recent One Day International matches against South Africa over the weekend.
Perry scored 93 not out and took 2-33 from ten overs in the Southern Stars’ nail biting win in the first ODI played at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Set 227 to win, Australia looked out of the game for most of the run chase but was guided home by Perry who hit her 15th half-century for Australia and the winning runs with a ball to spare. Her ability to get quick runs when needed were invaluable to the Australian run chase.
Perry had earlier bowled economically and captured two vital wickets in South Africa’s innings.
Speaking to the media after the game Perry was high in her praise for the Canberra crowd who she believed had got the home side over the line.
“We always get wonderful local support. The crowd tonight and the atmosphere, I honestly think it helped a lot,” said Perry.
“When it gets really tight like that, to have the weight of the crowd and their support behind you really makes a huge difference.”
Perry’s performance in the second One Day International rivalled her earlier effort as she posted the highest score of her ODI career, a 95 not out. Her innings contained eight boundaries as well as staying in for 129 balls.
She put together a magnificent third wicket partnership of 224 with Captain Meg Lanning to take the Stars to a healthy 4-278 from its 50 overs.
In a rain affected second innings, Perry bowled tightly to capture 1-17 off five overs as South Africa lost by 66 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Perry and the Australians will look to continue their recent form when they travel to Sydney to host South Africa in the 3rd One Day International on Wednesday at North Sydney Oval.