Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Sydney Sixers handed the wooden spoon after ninth defeat of the season. Alana King finished with figures of 3 for 18 in her team's win
Alana King finished with figures of 3 for 18 in her team's win
Two-time WBBL champions Sydney Sixers finished with the wooden spoon in the 2021 season after they were condemned to the ninth loss of the season by the table topping Perth Scorchers. The Scorchers with their comprehensive eight-wicket victory chasing 128, also assured that next Saturday's final will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth.
The last match of the season was a final opportunity at redemption for one of the league's most intimidating top-orders on paper. In keeping with their indifferent form, Shafali Verma and Alyssa Healy began slowly, meandering to 46 after 7 overs before both openers were dismissed two balls of each other by Alana King. The legspinner took another wicket, that of Nicole Bolton, to finish with figures of 3 for 18 as the Sixers managed a sub-par 128/4 with Ellyse Perry finishing unbeaten on 39 off 37.
The target was hunted down with ruthless efficiency by the Scorchers batters with Chloe Piparo scoring a breezy unbeaten half-century in a 74-run stand with Heather Graham (34*).
Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 128/4 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 39*; Alana King 3-18) lost to Perth Scorchers 131/2 in 17.1 overs (Chloe Piparo 50*, Heather Graham 34*; Stella Campbell 1-24) by 8 wickets
Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars
Elyse Vilani crunched a superb century as Melbourne Stars pipped knockouts-bound Adelaide Strikers by nine wickets to end their season on a high. Set to chase 175, the Stars were propped by a 119-run opening stand between Villani and Meg Lanning (52). But even after the dismissal of the latter, the required run-rate remained steep and needed enterprise from both ends. Annabel Sutherland produced just that with a 13-ball 27* in a 62-run stand off just 29 balls. Villani reached 94 when the scores were levelled in the final over of the chase and got to her landmark with an emphatic six over long-off.
Earlier in the day, the Strikers reached 175 thanks to half-centuries from Katie Mack (89*) and Madeline Penna. Sutherland was impressive with the ball too, taking 2 for 33 and in the process helped shave off important runs from the target that they eventually chased down with aplomb. The Strikers will take on Brisbane Heat in the Eliminator on November 24.
Brief scores: Adelaide Strikers 175/3 in 20 overs (Katie Mack 89* , Madeline Penna 56*; Annabel Sutherland 2-33) lost to Melbourne Stars 181/3 in 19.3 overs (Elyse Villani 100*, Meg Lanning 52; Megan Schutt 1-20) by 9 wickets