Sixers v Heat

Ellyse Perry proved that she is the most in-form cricketer in the world at the moment, smashing yet another century in a masterful innings.

Her array of shots is second to none, and the technical adjustment she has made to open up the leg side hasn’t affected her ability to access the off side and has only made her more dangerous.

After the first match between these two sides, Perry had scored 419 runs in six innings at an average of 209.5. In this match, she was on 93 with two deliveries left in the innings, and she brought up her hundred in style, hitting a massive six and a four to end on 103 not out. Surely based on her form the Australian team will be forced to elevate her from number seven.

Brisbane’s chase never really threatened the total as they simply lost too many wickets., starting in the very first over when Marizanne Kapp got the dangerous Grace Harris.

The Heat did have a partnership of 54 for second wicket, but after that didn’t have a partnership bigger than 28, which was never going to be enough to chase down a solid total. Sydney used eight bowlers, which shows the flexibility that their all-rounders give their bowling attack.

The Heat turned the tables in the second leg of the double header, smashing the Sixers by 66 runs.

Sammy-Jo Johnson hit 51 off 30 and showed why she has been elevated to first drop this season with some powerful stroke play, while Jess Jonassen proved a more than handy foil at the other end, compiling a quick 40 of her own to help the Heat to a respectable total of 154.

The two star batters of the day then opened the bowling in what proved to be a fantastic move, with Jess Jonassen dismissing Alyssa Healy on the first ball of the innings. Sammy-Jo Johnson continued her good day by picking up the wickets of Ash Gardner and Sara McGlashan, and the Sixers disintegrated.

At 5/34 the Sixers were never going to win, and ended up being bowled out for 88 after 18 overs. Ellyse Perry didn’t have her finest day, scoring just two off eleven deliveries before being given lbw to Jemma Barsby.

The Heat will gain plenty of confidence from a big victory in what could end up being a finals match up.