Healy, Perry go on world-record spree
Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry have smashed a record partnership for women’s domestic T20 matches to lead the Sydney Sixers to an emphatic win over the Melbourne Stars at the WACA Ground.
Healy’s 106no and Perry’s 87no – scored on her 29th birthday – saw the Sixers put on 0-199 from their 20 overs.
Stars captain Elyse Villani posted a valiant 44-ball 59 in reply but it was far from enough as her team were restricted to 6-155.
At one point, Healy was 12 from 13 balls before she flicked the switch in staggering fashion, belting 13 fours and four sixes in her third Rebel WBBL century.
She had been on 90 at the start of the last over, hitting a four before running a single.
Perry then ensured her partner had the strike for the final three balls of the innings, Healy hitting three boundaries to finish unbeaten on 106 from just 53 balls.
Perry found the boundary 12 times in her 68-ball 87no, later capping off a successful birthday when she ran out Mignon du Preez at the non-striker's end during the Stars’ chase.
Perry and Healy's efforts broke the previous record in women's domestic T20s of 161 set by Rachel Priest and Heather Knight for Western Storm against Yorkshire Diamonds during the 2017 English Super League.
The previous best in the WBBL was 156, a mark set by du Preez and Meg Lanning for the Stars, and by Beth Mooney and Grace Harris for the Brisbane Heat.
The Sixers are now third on the ladder with four wins from five matches.
Mooney's magnificent form continues in Mackay
Beth Mooney’s outstanding form continued as the Brisbane Heat opener led her team to a nine-wicket win over the Strikers in Mackay.
After the Strikers claimed a comfortable win when the teams met at Harrup Park the evening before, this time it was the hosts who first restricted their rivals before producing a dominant display with the bat led by Mooney’s 51-ball 77no.
Strikers opening pair Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine made a promising start with Bates flying out of the gates, only for their stand to come to an end when Sammy-Jo Johnson struck, removing Bates for a 22-ball 27.
The in-form Tahlia McGrath followed two balls later without scoring and the Heat continued to make inroads as the Strikers lost 5-37.
But Devine continued to hold up her end, scoring a 53-ball 65, while Amanda-Jade Wellington’s cameo of 23 off 15 helped Adelaide to 8-141.
But the Heat made light work of their target in reply, Mooney and Grace Harris (30) putting on 65 for the first wicket in just 7.3 overs.
After Harris departed, Jess Jonassen (25no) joined her Australian teammate as they saw the Heat home with 2.5 overs to spare.
Thunder continue winning run, go top of ladder
Sydney Thunder have returned to the top of the Rebel WBBL table in style, cruising to a six-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes in Burnie.
Set 6-148 for their fourth consecutive win, Thunder opener Rachel Priest thumped a 34-ball 50 to put the visitors well on track despite the cheap departures of Naomi Stalenberg (6) and Rachael Haynes (4).
When Priest was trapped lbw by Maisy Gibson it briefly reignited the Hurricanes’ hopes, but the experienced hand of Alex Blackwell (26) and the talent of 16-year-old Phoebe Litchfield (26no) – a pairing that is quickly becoming a force for the Thunder in WBBL|05 – ensured victory with 11 balls to spare.
The Hurricanes paid the price for inaccuracy with the ball, gifting the Thunder 29 extras including 21 runs through wides.
Earlier, Heather Knight led the way with the bat for the Hurricanes with a 49-ball 77.
Hobart unveiled a new opening partnership with Fran Wilson (6) and Meg Phillips (13) replacing Erin Fazackerley, who shifted down the order, and Stef Daffara, who Was omitted from the XI.
But the pair only managed to put on 13 for the first wicket, and as the Thunder bowlers turned the screws Knight and Nicola Carey struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over with the Hurricanes 2-40 at the midway point of the innings.
If the first 10 were a crawl, the next 10 were a whirlwind as Knight kicked into gear, joined by Fazackerley (18 off 16) and South African import Chloe Tryon (21 off 12), putting on 108 runs to carry the hosts to 6-148.
The Thunder have now posted four wins from their six games, with one loss and one no result, while the Hurricanes will be searching for a change in fortune after losing three on the trot.
Strikers v Scorchers, Karen Rolton | Saturday 1.40pm ACDT (2.10pm AEDT)
Heat v Sixers, North Sydney | Saturday 3pm AEDT
Renegades v Hurricanes, Junction Oval | Saturday 1pm AEDT | Sunday 1pm AEDT
Scorchers v Thunder, Karen Rolton | Sunday 10am ACDT (10.30am AEDT)
Strikers v Stars, Karen Rolton | Sunday 1.40pm ACDT (2.10pm AEDT)
The WBBL Festival Weekend action heads to Adelaide's Karen Rolton Oval, where the Strikers, Scorchers, Thunder and Stars will feature in three games across Saturday and Sunday, with the games broadcast on the Seven Network, Fox Cricket, Kayo and the CA Live app.
Elsewhere, the Renegades host back-to-back matches against the Hurricanes, while the Heat and Sixers meet at North Sydney Oval.
The Melbourne and Sydney matches can be streamed live and free on cricket.com.au, the CA Live app, or the WBBL Facebook page, with a stream also available on Kayo.
And all the action can be heard on ABC radio!