The winning runs were brought up with consecutive sixes by Chloe Tryon off her fellow South African Marizanne Kapp, no mean feat against one of the best bowlers in the world. The Hurricanes won with relative ease in the end having ten balls and five wickets to spare with Tryon unbeaten on 29 off just 12 balls.
Nicola Carey who was unbeaten at the end with 55 off 46 balls played superbly as well, it was an innings full of trademark wristy stroke play and excellent running between the wickets. Her 48 run partnership with the big hitting Chloe Tryon (who hit three sixes in her innings) was the perfect example of complementary batting styles.
Earlier in the run chase Carey and Hurricanes skipper Corinne Hall really stabilised things with a 69 run stand for the 5th wicket. Hall made 28 off 22 balls finding space all-round the wicket and a particular fondness for the reverse sweep and lap shots. When she was out well caught at deep mid-wicket by Erin Burns off Ashleigh Gardner the Hurricanes were 5 for 91 and a long way from home. But the platform had been laid for Carey and Tryon to finish things off.
The chase had started badly for the Hurricanes, they were 4 for 22 in the 5th after Fran Wilson lobbed a leading edge to Stella Campbell at mid-wicket off Kapp and was out for 5. Openers Erin Fazackerley (11 off 10 balls) and Meg Phillips (0) were both bowled by Marizane Kapp in her second over. Heather Knight looked disappointed when given out LBW off Stella Campbell for 4. But from 4 for 22 the Hurricanes gradually took control.
The game began in perfect Sydney sunshine. Sixers captain Alyssa Healey won the toss and decided to bat first. The sixers called Hollie Armitage in to their line up from the unlikely location of South Hobart Sandy Bay cricket club. She was brought in to replace Ellyse Perry who injured her shoulder last weekend. Armitage made just two.
The Sixers innings never really got going, they were 5 for 30 in the 7th over. An excellent partnership of 56 for the 8th wicket between Marizanne Kapp (55*) and Dane van Niekerk (17*) saw them to their eventual total of 134. It proved a lot less than they needed.
The Hurricanes were sharp with the ball and much tighter in the field today. Once again Belinda Vakawera lead the attack with distinction, finishing with figures of 4 for 19 off her 4 overs, her victims included the key wicket of Alyssa Healey who was caught at mid wicket by Nicola Carey for 10. Tayla Vlaeminck showed signs she’s hitting her best form with 1 for 20 off 4 overs. Her off cutter that broke through the defence of Maddy Darke was one of the highlights of the day. Heather Knight’s spell off 1 for 17 off 4 overs was crucial as well.
The Hurricanes now look ahead to the big weekend at Blundstone arena with renewed confidence. They’ll fancy their chances against the Heat on Friday night and the Strikers the following night. They could easily have beaten both teams in the Brisbane header last month.
The Cane train looks to be back on track…