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Sixers smash frosty Heat in WBBL

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Adrian Warren

The Sydney Sixers have proved to be quick learners after they crushed the Brisbane Heat by eight wickets in their WBBL women's T20 match at Sydney's Drummoyne Oval.

Beaten by Brisbane the previous day, the Sixers restricted the visitors to 9-83 on Monday and reached their modest target with four overs to spare.

Captain and player of the match Ellyse Perry controlled the Sixers' chase - which was more like a stroll - scoring an unbeaten 45 off 43 balls.

The series has followed the trend of the first two completed in the opening round in which the Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers split their two games, as did the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades.

The Melbourne Stars can take the outright competition lead in Albury on Tuesday if they can can do the double over defending champions the Sydney Thunder, who they beat on Saturday.

Unlike Sunday, when they recovered from 4-38 to beat the Sixers at North Sydney, there was no fightback by Brisbane on Monday.

The Heat's top order was again in frosty form, slumping to 4-20 after seven overs.

Their saviours on Sunday, Deandra Dottin and Jess Jonassen, just made it to double figures, but both were out to poor shots and scored at less than a run a ball.

None of the Heat's top four got to double figures and Jemma Barsby's defiant unbeaten 26 off 31 balls was the only individual score above 14.

Barsby provided the batting highlight of the innings with a reverse sweep for six, but Brisbane tallied just three fours and one other six.

Ashleigh Gardner and Sarah Aley took two wickets each, with the latter and Perry conceding less than three an over in their respective stints.

Perry said the Sixers had spoken about how to bowl better to Dottin, who blasted 60 not out off 44 balls on Sunday.

"I thought we had the right bowlers bowling to her early today," Perry said.

"Marizanne (Kapp) and Sarah Aley have been our two best bowlers so far in the competition and to get them on early against her was really effective, and I don't think she ever really got going."

Barsby said the Heat top order didn't adapt well enough at the start to some inconsistent bounce, but their form wasn't a big concern.

"It's a 14-game series so we've got a lot of time to work on that and we definitely will," she said.

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