Ellyse Perry has always been prime time and the star all-rounder was at her big time best for the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday.
But Perry may need a bit of batting help if she wants to lead her team in the first ever WWBL finals to be played at night after being upstaged by rival run-machine Beth Mooney who went even better, notching an unbeaten 75 to give the Perth Scorchers to a much-needed win in Blacktown.
Confirmation the WBBL finals would be played under lights for the first time came as Perry, the Sixers captain, rescued her team from the perils of 2-16 and, in scoring an unbeaten 62, guided them to 4-137.
But then the superstar got spanked with the ball, conceding 22 runs off her opening two overs as Perry’s run-scoring rival, and Australian teammate Mooney ( ) got her team one win closer to the top three, and the finals.
All three WBBL finals will be played at North Sydney Oval, under lights, with the knockout semi-finals on Wednesday November 25, and Thursday, November 26.
The final will then be played in prime time, on Saturday, November 28, with a 7:10pm start.
Knock of the match
Mooney had to watch on as Perry batted for the full 20 overs of the Sixers innings and took charge when her team was in trouble.
Down two wickets inside the first four overs, Perry showed her class, smashing nine fours in her score of 62, which was her 19th WBBL half-century.
Perry also passed Mooney as the all-time leading run-scorer in the WBBL. But Mooney was having none of it and was stoic as wickets fell around her late tyo get her team home in the final over, and take the lead back
Moment of the match
South African Marizanna Kapp was flying for the Sixers and with Perry was pushing her team to a big total.
Kapp had reached 33 off 31 balls, with five fours, and the Sixers were 2-92 before she had to retire herself.
The 30-year-old from Port Elizabeth, coming off 68 not out in the previous game, needed treatment for an elevated heart rate and doctors ruled her out of the match.
Kapp has a pre-existing heart condition and doctors didn’t want to take any risks.
Marizanne Kapp won’t bowl for the Sixers, with doctors ruling her out of the match after an elevated heart rate saw her retire while batting. Kapp has a pre-existing heart condition and doctors understandably will take no chances #WBBL06
Bowling spell of the match
Nicole Bolton is a lot better known for her run-scoring prowess than rolling the arm over, but she was given the job of opening the attack for the Scorchers and it proved a masterstroke.
Bolton, who has bowled in every match in the tournament but hadn’t aken a wicket since the opening game, snared the crucial wicket of Alyssa Healy in the first over.
While her three overs went for 19, she helped put the Sixers on the back foot, which is all you can ask of an opening bowler.
Nicole Bolton gets the massive wicket of Alyssa Healy in the very first over 😮
Ashleigh Gardner joins Ellyse Perry. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/m3iHc5fCQN #WBBL06 pic.twitter.com/qYr1O8rtbq
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