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Perry proud of super Sixers' performance

04 February 2018

This time last year, Ellyse Perry had to watch on as her team battled for the WBBL title, but this time around, she was in the box seat

Twelve months ago, Ellyse Perry was a bundle of nerves as she was forced to watch on from the sidelines while her Sydney Sixers' hopes of a first Rebel WBBL crown went down to the wire.

Ruled out of the finals series with a hamstring injury, she could do little but will her team home as they held out for a seven-run win against Perth Scorchers.

Fast forward to Sunday, and it was Perry who was out in the middle, hitting the winning runs for the Sixers as they claimed back-to-back championships.

Sixers skipper Perry seals victory with boundary

Following the nine-wicket triumph, Perry said after missing out on playing in last year's decider she hadn't "really stewed on it to much", but her pleasure in being in the thick of the action as the Sixers claimed their second title was clear to see.

"It was really nice to be out there today and on the park," she said.

"I was certainly a lot less nervous today than I was last year - I felt like vomiting when I was watching - so it was really cool to be out there.

"I'm so invested in this team - not just on the field, but also off the field, in terms of the way we go about our business, what we want to do.

"We've always talked about wanting to be attacking, inspiring and enjoy our cricket. I think that extends both on the field and off the feel, and everyone needs to contribute to that at different times."

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The proud captain lauded the nine-wicket win as "one of our best games of the season", led by an inspired effort with the ball from Sarah Coyte, who claimed 3-17, while Erin Burns snared 2-26.

Five of the Sixers' six bowlers went for an economy rate of less than 4.75, with Kim Garth the most economic, conceding just seven runs off her two overs - and claiming the big wicket of Nicole Bolton.

Perry said, given the way the wicket at Adelaide Oval played, it was perhaps fortuitous for the Sixers to have been sent out to field first.

Their diligent preparation for star Scorchers opening combination Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton also paid off, with the pair removed for 16 and five runs respectively.

"We looked at the statistics, and both Elyse and Nicole have been successful to spin in the first six (overs), so we sort of didn't want to bowl too much at them," Perry said.

"But the way the wicket played, it just meant that we needed to keep asking questions and give them a bit of variation so they couldn't settle against anyone, and I thought all the girls that bowled in the Power Play - and then the 20 overs - did a great job whenever it was their turn.

"In hindsight, it was probably not a bad toss to lose, because there was just a little bit of moisture in the wicket early, and I think it just held up and gave our bowlers enough to bowl at Elyse and Nicole, who are world-class batters, and I thoguht we just kept the pressure on them and it sort of showed in the end and we were able to pick up wickets consistently."

Perry said the strong performance was the perfect finale for the team which started the tournament by belting the highest score in WBBL/BBL history.

"It (the final) was one of our best games of the season, certainly," she said.

"I think we probably started the tournament with a bit of a bang at North Sydney when we put on 242, and to finish in the fashion that we did today was absolutely awesome. I'm really, really proud of the girls."

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