The Sydney Sixers have continued their red-hot form in the women’s Big Bash with a dominant nine-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes at the SCG.
The Sixers, who have won four out of five games, sit on top of the table and are are on track to defend their Big Bash title.
Batting first, the Hurricanes were bowled out for 98, which was never going to be enough against the reigning champions.
The run chase was a procession for the Sixers, who signalled their intent by scoring 10 runs off the first over.
The Sixers didn’t lose a wicket after Alyssa Healy was brilliantly caught in the covers by Nicola Hancock for six in the first over.
Erin Burns (48 off 38 balls) and Ellyse Perry (41 off 43 balls) combined for a partnership of 92 to chase down Hobart’s total in the 14th over.
Burns was happy to share the winning stand with Perry, who was crowned ICC women’s cricketer of the year this week.
“It kind of shows the calibre of athlete that [Perry] is, let alone what kind of form she’s in at the moment,” she said.
“It’s excellent to get out there and play in a team of really, really talented cricketers.”
Burns, who moved from the Hurricanes to the Sixers this season, was pleased to play well against her former club.
“We played down in Hobart last weekend and, Iook, I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous to start down there. But good to get out here with the win against the old team,” she said.
Hobart’s innings never got going, with South African import Marizanne Kapp conceding only 11 runs off her four overs to restrict the Hurricanes’ batters.
Confusion ruled in the Hurricanes’ batting line-up, with Hayley Matthews and Brooke Hepburn run out cheaply chasing quick singles. Indian star Veda Krishnamurthy was Hobart’s top scorer with 16.
The Sixers put on a superb fielding display, taking some excellent catches as well as executing the two run outs. Krishnamurthy was spectacularly caught on the boundary by Jodie Hicks, who lifted one leg in the air, managed to keep her balance and took the catch just centimetres from the boundary rope.
Sarah Aley and Dane van Niekerk both had figures of 2-18 for the Sixers.
The Sixers have now defeated Hobart twice in the space of a week, following their victory over the Hurricanes in Hobart last Sunday. ???The Hurricanes have had a miserable season so far and are yet to win a game.
Aley said the Sixers needed to learn to back up after short turnarounds. They won their first two games on the opening weekend of the Big Bash at North Sydney Oval but went to Wollongong and had their worst performance of the season against the Perth Scorchers.
“We’ll learn from that weekend and make sure that when we do have that stand-alone game after the day off we’re in a better mindset and we have a better preparation leading into that because I think it can be quite mentally draining as well as physically draining when you’ve got so much cricket,” Aley said.