A player called Elysse Perry was player of the match, she dominated with the bat, took a good catch in the outfield and effected a direct hit run out. All in a day’s work for the superstar all-rounder. It’s a mark of the strength of the Sixers that Perry was only required to bowl seven balls in the Hurricanes innings, though she had been saved up for the final over.
This game played on December 16 2018 saw the Sixers win by 17 runs. The previous night at Blundstone arena the Sixers won by seven wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis method. On this bright and sunny Hobart afternoon the Sixers definitely didn’t have things all their own way.
Hurricanes captain Sasha Moloney won the bat flip and decided to bowl with the Blundstone arena wicket looking pale white and the outfield rapid. It was a bold move against the opening pairing of Perry and another internationally famous player Alyssa Healy. The pair put on 39 off five overs and the Sixers were away to a flyer. Healy scored 30 of the first 39 runs before hitting a ball straight to Erin Fazackerley at mid-off from the bowling of Brooke Hepburn. Perry powered on to finish 72 not out off 55 balls, a 104 run partnership for the third wicket with Erin Burns 44* (40 balls) ensured the Sixers finished with a healthy total of 3/158 after 20 overs.
In the field the Hurricanes were generous, spilling at least three very takeable chances. The bowlers stuck to their plans amidst those lapses, the three wickets were shared between Heather Knight, Rhian O’Donnell and Brooke Hepburn.
The Hurricanes run chase started badly when Erin Fazackerley was LBW to South African Marizanne Kapp in the first over for 4. The other opening batter Smriti Mandhana played strongly through the on side but sliced a ball to Perry at deep cover and was out for 21 off 12 just as her innings was beginning to flourish. Heather Knight was just getting in to her stride as well when she sliced a ball from Lauren Cheatle and was out for twenty three off 17 balls. Corrinne Hall was out first ball LBW to Kapp and at four for 41 in the in the fifth over things were looking bleak for the Hurricanes.
Throughout the run chase Georgia Redmanye as is her way held things together with the bat as wickets fell around her. She eventually found a partner in Brooke Hepburn and the pair gave Hurricanes fans real hope of pulling off an upset with a 55 run stand for the 9th wicket.
When Hepburn was out yorked on the off stump by Marizanne Kapp for 15 off 20 balls (one of four wickets in the innings for the South African fast bowler) it came down to 18 runs off the last over for the Hurricanes with Redmayne on strike.
Unfortunately Alex Hartely misread the game situation. She was sent back by Redmayne on the first ball of the over. Redmayne knew she had to face every ball if the Hurricanes were any chance of winning. Sadly a brave chase ended with Hartley a long way short of the ground. Perry (who else) did the honours and the Sixers had the win. Redmayne was left high and dry on 47 not out off 36 balls.
Perry, Healy, Kapp & Co will be on show at Invermay Park in Launceston this Wednesday. The Hurricanes got pretty close last time they met. They’d like nothing better than to upset the highest profile team in the competition and get back in the running for WBBL05.