Brief Score: Sydney Sixers 4-131 (Perry 54*, van Niekerk 51*; Tahuhu 1-18) tied with Melbourne Renegades 6-131 (Molineux 55, Duffin 41; Burns 2-13) in the second WBBL semi-final at Drummoyne Oval.
The Super Over: Renegades 1-6 (Wyatt 2, Molineux 2; Kapp 0-6) defeated by Sixers 1-9 (Healy 2, Perry 7; Strano 0-9)
Ellyse Perry, what a superstar. The Sixers skipper was determined to do it all to drag her team into a fourth consecutive WBBL final, be it with the bat, the ball or in the field.
She was forced to work hard for her runs but scored a crucial half-century, working her way to 54no from 59 and sharing a 98-run stand with import Dane van Niekerk, but it seemed easier work with the ball when she bowled Emma Inglis with a superb ball in the third over of the Renegades’ chase.
She finished with figures of 1-20 from her four overs, took an excellent running catch to dismiss the dangerous Jess Duffin, before her Super Over six to seal a spot in the final was the icing on the cake.
The Sixers were in trouble at 4-33 after 8.2 overs before South Africa skipper van Niekerk joined captain Ellyse Perry at the crease. Gone were Alyssa Healy (1), Ashleigh Gardner (4), Erin Burns (1) and Sara McGlashan (7), while Perry had made a watchful start.
Together, the pair put the Sixers firmly back into the match, putting on 98 runs from the remaining 70 deliveries to carry the Sixers to 4-131. Perry never quite got moving in terms of her strike rate, ending the innings on 54no from 59, but was able to simply anchor the innings thanks to the aggressive approach of van Niekerk, who hammered five fours and one six in a 36-ball 51 no.
The Big Moment:
Three to win, one ball remaining. Sophie Molineux on strike, Ellyse Perry with the ball. Molineux’s shot seemed destined for the boundary, only to be cut off by a diving Erin Burns, before Molineux was run out thanks to a direct hit from ‘keeper Alyssa Healy attempting a third run, leaving scores tied and sending the semi-final to a Super Over!
Talk about clutch. And just when you thought it couldn’t get closer, the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades played out an absolute classic contest that will be remembered for years to come.
The match headed into a Super Over, but the Renegades’ score of six was never going to be enough, with Ellyse Perry lifting Molly Strano over the boundary rope.
The Sixers will play for a third consecutive WBBL title, after making their fourth straight final! They’ll host the Brisbane Heat next Saturday, January 26.
Sydney Sixers XI: Ellyse Perry (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Sara McGlashan, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Lauren Cheatle
Melbourne Renegades XI: Danni Wyatt, Sophe Molineux, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Jess Duffin, Courtney Webb, Emma Inglis (wk), Claire Koski, Maitlan Brown, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Lea Tahuhu