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Match report: Sixers v Hurricanes

03 November 2021

Despite a promising start with the ball, the Hurricanes couldn’t find enough with the bat to defeat the Sydney Sixers.

The Hurricanes won the toss and sent the Sixers in, bringing the dangerous Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry to the crease. The bold move from captain Rachel Priest paid instant dividend when Tayla Vlaeminck had Healy caught by Nic Carey off just the fourth ball of the day.

Some very tight bowling had the run rate under 4 and the Sixers at 1-15 through 4 overs, but an expensive fifth over gave the Sixers a foothold in the game. Perry and Gardner took this lifeline, and rallied to bring the Sixers to 1-58 at the drinks break.

Neither side landed a telling blow in the first five overs after the intermission, with the Sixers slowly adding to the total with no serious intent as the score moved to 1-95 through 15 overs. While the Hurricanes bowlers were unable to dislodge Perry and Gardner, the batters weren’t exactly punishing them, until Ash Gardner flicked the switch in the 16th over and struck two boundaries.

Her aggression was her undoing in the end, as Vakarewa caught her brilliantly in the outfield off the bowling of Ruth Johnston for 51 to have the Sixers at 2-104.

Verma came to the crease and was almost removed immediately, but Strano was unable to hold on to a tough catching chance. She had her revenge just minutes later, as she had Verma stumped, sending her back to the sheds for three.

With Perry still alive, the Sixers were still in danger of posting a big total, but Nic Carey removed the threat, snaring Perry LBW on 47 to put the Sixers in no mans land on 4-119. The Sixers middle order managed to snag some late runs to salvage the innings, leaving the Hurricanes with 141 to chase.

The curse of an early wicket fell upon the Hurricanes again, with Ruth Johnston caught on 3 in the second over of the innings. Rachel Priest began to settle in, but Mignon Du Preez fell on 5 soon after, leaving the Canes’ 2-30 through six overs.

Carey and Priest appeared to be building a partnership, with Carey in particular getting creative – but she fell on 15 just before the drinks break to leave the 'Canes 3-54. More intent and faster scoring was needed, and Priest was caught just after the break trying to do just that, departing on 27 after a spectacular catch from Nicole Bolton.

Naomi Stalenberg and Richa Ghosh were tasked with getting the Hurricanes back on track, and both found the boundary – including a stunning 6 from Stalenberg – before she was caught on the rope trying to repeat the feat.

Ghosh fell just one ball later, bringing in the pair of Sasha Moloney and Molly Strano who safely avoided the hat-trick, but the 'Canes were in dire straits at 6-81.

An extremely entertaining innings from Strano, who flung the bat at everything, was unfortunately not enough to get the 'Canes into contention – and Tasmania’s team eventually finished on 7-110, 31 runs short of victory.

FULL SCORECARD: www.cricket.com.au

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Hobart Hurricanes Women

Sydney Sixers Women

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