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Healy's hubby's bat does the trick in WBBL

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017 Adrian Warren

Alyssa Healy provided fireworks with a bat borrowed from husband Mitchell Starc, as she helped the Sydney Sixers tighten their grip on the WBBL ladder lead.

Opener Healy cracked a quickfire 46 off 31 balls at the SCG on Monday, when the Sixers chased down Perth Scorchers score of 9-129 with four wickets and three balls to spare.

The Sixers' sixth straight win lifted them four points clear of the Scorchers, who they also beat the day before.

Healy's bat wasn't the same one with which paceman Starc cracked seven sixes off Pakistan in the recent Melbourne Test, but it still helped her pound one over the rope in addition to six fours.

Healy and Sixers skipper Ellyse Perry (38) put on 67 in 9.3 overs for the first wicket, but the Sixers lost 5-31 and still needed ten off eight balls, when English pace bowler Katherine Brunt took wickets with successive deliveries in the penultimate over.

They required six off the last over, but a single to Dane van Niekerek (20 not out) and successive boundaries to Sarah Aley (12 not out off four balls), got them home.

Spinner Lauren Smith (4-23) set up the win by producing her best WBBL figures.

Smith 20, ripped out the middle order, with joint top scorer Lauren Ebsary (37 off 28) and another Australian representative, Nicole Bolton, among her victims.

Ebsary and Heather Graham (37 off 30) put on an innings-high partnership of 45 for the fourth wicket, as the Scorchers fought back after being 2-15 from five overs.

They combined for nine of the Scorchers' ten fours, but the visitors lost 5-17 in the last 2.4 overs.

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