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Sixers blow away Hurricanes in WBBL

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Veteran bowler Sarah Aley applied the brakes and consistent batters Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner the speed, as Sydney Sixers romped to a seven wicket WBBL win over Hobart Hurricanes on Thursday.

The Sixers made it back-to-back wins in successive days following Wednesday's conquest of local rival and defending champions Sydney Thunder.

Both Sixers and Hurricanes now have a 3-3 record.

Hobart were restricted to 8-106 at Sydney's Hurstville Oval with Aley stifling their innings with 3-13.

The Sixers lost Alyssa Healy for a duck on the fourth delivery of their innings, but that was about as stressful as it got for the Sydney outfit, who reached their target with 10 balls to go.

Perry scored 44 off 44 balls and combined with Gardner (35 off 32) in a 58-run partnership that kept the local team ahead of the run rate.

It was a fourth score of more than 40 in Perry'six WBBL knocks this season.

Gardner has scored 38 or more in her past four digs.

Their pursuit was made much easier by the tidy and penetrative bowling of medium pacer Aley.

She took a splendid low return catch to dismiss opener Georgia Redmayne to make the initial breakthrough in the fourth over.

"I actually thought I was going to pick it up as a half volley, so I was a little bit surprised when it was actually in my hand, so I guess a little bit of luck for that one," Aley said.

"I guess when that does happen you get up and about and everyone else does as well, so it helps to motivate the team and push everybody along."

With Hobart reasonably placed at 2-61 after 12 overs, Aley had dangerous West Indian allrounder Hayley Matthews caught by Gardner for 27 and then bowled Erin Burns for 15, three balls later.

Ireland's Isobel Joyce, who was playing her first match of the 2016/17 tournament, did her best to bolster the modest total with 24 from 27 balls.

South African Dane van Niekerk chipped in for the Sixers with 2-16 and 17 not out.

For Hobart, Matthews took 2-20 with the ball and opening bowler Julie Hunter conceded just 11 off her four overs.

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