We take a look at the top 6 moments of the Sydney Sixers first WBBL season.
McGlashan’s last ball heroics
- In an absorbing clash against the Hobart Hurricanes at Hurstville Oval, The Sixers required 127 to reach the semi-finals; they looked in trouble at 5-46 and then 6-74. However NZ international Sara McGlashan showed nerves of steel to collect the winning runs off the final ball after the Sixers had required 13 runs off the final over. McGlashan finished with 79 not out from 58 balls including four sixes to book the Sixers a place in the semi-finals.
Sixers get their first win
- After a disappointing start to the season which saw the Sixers lose their first six games, things changed on a summer’s day at the SCG against the Perth Scorchers.
On the back of a brilliant effort by South African international Marizanne Kapp (3-9 from four overs) they restricted the Scorchers to a modest 107 from its 20 overs.
The girls in magenta got the win with seven balls to spare with Ellyse Perry playing a composed 32 not out.
The Sixers start to the season had begun and also kick-started the hashtag #sixersaregoingvertical
Sixers qualify for the WBBL final
- The Sixers again found themselves pitted against the Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-finals and a spot in the WBBL final on the line.
In a match that was plagued by rain, the game was reduced to 14 overs and the Sixers were able to reduce Hobart to 8-86. Veteran Lisa Sthalekar (3-9) bowled an inspired spell to lead the charge with the ball.
More rain came in the innings break and the total was revised to 55 runs in eight overs. The Sixers cruised to a 10-wicket victory with ten balls to spare. Alyssa Healy hit a wonderful 32 off just 22 balls.
Sixers win Sydney derby
- Having been humbled in the first Sydney Derby revenge was on the minds of the Sydney Sixers.
This manifested itself in the form of Ashleigh Gardner 55 from 36 balls and an in-form Sara McGlashan (49 not out from just 22 balls) as the Sixers scored 6-172 from its 20 overs. Marizanne Kapp (4-18 from four overs) then ripped the heart out of the Thunder’s chase as the girls in magenta pulled off an important 21-run win by limiting their cross-town rivals to 9-151 from 20 overs.
Sixers go vertical by winning eight in a row
- After such a slow start to the season, the Sixers showed great determination and tenacity to put that behind them and record eight straight wins. This included wins over Hobart (twice), Melbourne Renegades (twice), Adelaide (twice) as well as defeats of Perth and the Sydney Thunder.
The girls played some magnificent cricket during this time and it made for exciting viewing.
Healy hits highest score for a Sixer
6. One of the standouts with the bat in WBBL 01 was wicket-keeper/batsman Alyssa Healy who constantly helped the Sixers get off to a great start.
She also recorded the highest score for the Sydney Sixers during the season with a swashbuckling 81 from 54 balls in the victory over the Melbourne Renegades at Junction Oval in Melbourne. Her innings contained 10 fours and one six and she shared a 130-run opening partnership with team-mate Ellyse Perry.
Healy’s innings helped the girls in magenta to a 25-run win.