Big Bash League 2017 : Sydney Sixers Women beat Melbourne Stars Women by 86 runs

Sydney Sixers Women beat Melbourne Stars Women in the third match of ongoing Women’s Big Bash League 2017. The BBL match was played on 9th December at North Sydney Oval, which is located in Sydney. Batting first, Sydney Sixers Women scored 242 runs in 20 overs. Melbourne Stars Women failed to chase the huge target and ended up scoring 158 runs in 120 balls.

After winning the toss, Melbourne Stars Women elected to bowl first. Opener player Alyssa Healy lost her wicket in the 2nd over of the first inning. After scoring 4 runs in 6 balls, Healy returned to pavilion. Team’s skipper Ellyse Perry was performing well at the other end of strike. Partnership between 2nd opener cricketer and next player Ashleigh Gardner helped the team in reaching to the height of huge score.

Hitting 9 fours and 4 sixes, Perry scored 91 runs in 49 balls. Gardner smashed 10 sixes and 9 fours to score 114 runs in 52 balls. Vital contribution of these two players took the team’s score beyond 200 runs in just 18 overs. Gardner lost her wicket in 14th over of the inning and Erin Burns replaced her the player to bat next. Burns scored 18 runs in 11 balls and lost her wicket in 18th over of the match.

Perry remained not out till the end of inning. The first inning ended with team Sydney Sixers Women scoring 242 runs in 120 balls. The team lost its 4 wickets while setting up the might score against the opponents. Melbourne Stars’ bowler Erin Osborne picked up two wickets while Emma Kearney took one wicket. Rest all pacers and spinners went wicketless in the game.

Melbourne Stars Women started the run-chase with a good opening partnership between the opener cricketers. Lizelle Lee played crucial role in taking the team’s total score beyond triple digit figure. Hitting 8 fours and 4 sixes, Lee scored 64 runs in 36 balls. Women, who batted at the other end of strike, could not showcase excellent performance in today’s match. Alana King, 2nd player in the pair of opener cricketers, scored 10 runs in 15 balls and lost her wicket in 6th over.

Mignon du Preez and Anna Lanning batted next after King’s dismissal, but failed to score double digit runs individually. The two lady cricketers lost their wickets at equal intervals of time. After the lost of these players’ wickets, Katie Mack came to bat next. Mack performed comparatively better than Lanning and Preez. Hitting 1 four and 1 six, Mack 25 runs in 24 balls and lost her wicket in 20th over.

Meanwhile, opener player Lee lost her wicket in 12th over. Erin Osborne, who batted next after Lee’s dismissal, too returned to pavilion in 17th over after scoring 19 runs in 20 balls. Players in bottom order of batting lineup didn’t manage to score the runs required for the victory. Loosing 7 wickets, the team ended up scoring 156 runs in 20 overs. Sydney Sixers Women won the match by 86 runs. Ashleigh Gardner received ‘Player of the Match’ award for her excellent batting performance.

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