It seemed to be a mismatch on paper and so it proved as Rebel WBBL holders Sydney Sixers returned to form with a comfortable 33-run victory over the winless Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.
Sixers captain Ellyse Perry starred with the bat, scoring a sparkling 65 off 49 deliveries, while Dane van Niekerk backed that up by collecting a stunning hat-trick for the reigning champions.
Perry joined with Sara McGlashan (44 off 33) to add 66 for the fourth wicket amid a flurry of boundaries as the Sixers compiled 8-152 at Bellerive Oval.
The Hurricanes were a chance at 2-62, but South African Dane van Niekerk put paid to local hopes in a single stunning over.
The leg-spinner dismissed three of the Hurricanes middle-order in as many deliveries, all bowled, for the WBBL's third hat-trick since formation.
Lauren Smith (2-32) also had success with her off-spin, while opening bowler Perry was only required to send down two overs (0-9), such was the Sixers advantage during the final overs.
It was a much-needed revival from the Sixers, who suffered a shock nine-wicket defeat midweek against the Perth Scorchers, with the result pushing the Sydneysiders back into an equal share of top spot.