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Sixers replace Thunder at top of WBBL

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Adrian Warren

Sydney Sixers captain Ellyse Perry has steered her side to a four-wicket win and top spot on the WBBL ladder on Tuesday.

Sydney Sixers replaced local rivals Sydney Thunder in first spot after the defending champions slumped to a nine-wicket loss to Brisbane Heat in Tuesday's other game.

The Sixers rolled Adelaide Strikers for 94 after the home team elected to bat first at Adelaide Oval.

Spinners Lauren Smith (3-16) and Lisa Sthalekar (3-12) did most of the damage with the ball.

The Sixers wobbled in their chase, slumping to 6-74 in the 16th over.

However opener Perry struck some precious late boundaries to finish unbeaten on 48 off 41 balls, with Sydney reaching their target with 13 balls to spare.

At Blacktown in Western Sydney, Heat were indebted to in-form opener Beth Mooney for making their target of 116 relatively straight forward.

The opener pounded an unbeaten 75 off 66 deliveries, as Brisbane chased down the required score with seven balls left.

Left arm seamer Kara Sutherland mashed through Thunder's middle order.

They crashed from 3-80 to 8-115 with Sutherland (3-5) the chief destroyer, the late-innings collapse precipitated by the dismissal of Thunder's in-form skipper Alex Blackwell for 43.

Sixers lead the ladder on ten points from eight games with Thunder on nine from nine.

Heat's win on Tuesday lifts them to fifth on eight points from as many matches and places them ahead on percentage of Adelaide, who have played one more game.

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