After losing the toss and being sent into bat, it was tough going for the Hurricanes against a polished Sixers outfit with the bat. However, 15-year-old, Amy Smith, again starred for the ‘Canes with the ball, taking the wickets of Ashleigh Gardner (6) and Erin Burns (28), in near identical fashion to as she had done a week earlier.
As she has done many times before, Ellyse Perry again starred for the Sixers, notching an unbeaten 72 runs off 68 balls, but on a pitch where some predicted the par score to be 160, the ‘Canes restricted the Sixers to 4-139, setting a target of 140 for the win.
In an unfortunate mix-up, Hurricanes opener, Naomi Stalenberg, was dismissed for six after being run out by the sharp fielding of Perry in the third over. However, Priest more than made up for the confusion, guiding her side to a win over the Sixers with a record-breaking 92* off 63 – the highest individual tally ever recorded by a Hurricanes WBBL player.
Not only did the knock result in the Hurricanes second-ever win over the Sydney Sixers, but Priest’s 127-run partnership alongside fellow import, West Indian, Hayley Matthews, was also a club record – and the first of its kind to reach three figures.
Post-game, Priest reflected on her side’s match-winning total of 1-143.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever scored a 50 against the Sixers, so it’s pretty high up there to be honest, and it’s also probably one of the better innings I’ve played in the WBBL. I think any sort of contribution like that against any side is a pretty special day, but I couldn’t have had a chance to do that without how good our bowlers were today and holding them to a chase-able total.
“Sometimes I’m a bit slow to get going,” Priest continued, reflecting on her role as an opener, “and I think with opening the batting sometimes it either comes off or it doesn’t, so I’ve been really lucky the past three games that it’s come off for me. Obviously I was pretty disappointed when I scored the 80 against the Thunder to not get us across the line, so I said to Hayley today…‘we’re not taking it to the last over, we need to get this done ‘cause I don’t want another scary finish’ so luckily enough for us we were able to do that.”
The Hurricanes will now re-set and look ahead to their match with the Brisbane Heat at Drummoyne Oval tomorrow. The match will be broadcast on ABC Grandstand and live streamed at cricket.com.au and Kayo Sports from 2.30pm AEDT.