Match in a tweet: Led by Alyssa Healy the Sixers’ powerful batting proved to be too strong for the Strikers
The score: Sydney Sixers 3-161 (Healy 51) in 20 overs defeated the Adelaide Strikers 5-142 (Beaumont 57) in 20 overs by 19 runs.
The hero: Alyssa Healy continued her good form with the bat, scoring her second half-century of WBBL|02. Healy followed a similar pattern to most of her innings this season, hitting the ball long and straight. Healy's inside out drives against the spinners were beautiful to watch as she constantly pierced the cover field, either in the air or on the ground. Her sparking innings of 51 from 40 balls included four hits to the fence and lusty blow over the ropes.
The support cast: The Sixers’ middle order showed why they can be so devastating with the willow in the death overs. Ashleigh Gardner (26 from 14), Sara McGlashan (18 from 12) and Dane van Niekerk (25 from 15) plundered nine boundaries between them in the last six overs to take the game away from the Strikers. The Sixers managed to score 64 runs from the last six overs as McGlashan, Gardner and van Niekerk sent out a warning sign to the other teams in the competition.
The stat: Sarah Aley jumped to the top of the leading wicket takers in the WBBL|02 with figures of 4-0-18-1. Aley now has 10 wickets at @12.80 and is also the second most economical bowler to have played seven matches this season. Sydney Sixers have now registered the two highest totals of WBBL|02.
The consolation act: Tammy Beaumont had only managed to score 44 runs from her first five outings in WBBL|02 so far, but the English import found her form with the willow scoring a well composed half-century. Beaumont eased her way into her knock, timing the ball superbly through the off-side. Once she got some confidence Beaumont pulled the lapse sweep and the reverse sweep, executing both shots perfectly. Beaumont's innings of 57 from 56 included seven fours and a six.
The next stop: The Strikers will get another crack at the Sixers as both team meet again on Tuesday at Adelaide Oval.