Alyssa Healy steers Sixers to victory as women’s Big Bash League starts | Cricket News


SYDNEY: Alyssa Healy broke a joyous half century when the Sydney Sixers opened the Women’s Twenty20 Big Bash League with a six wicket victory with four balls to spare over the Melbourne stars Thursday.
Chasing the Stars 99 by one in a game shortened to 11 overs per side due to rain, the Sixers lost the first Indian game Shafali Verma for eight before Healy took over the Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

The Australian wicketkeeper broke 11 limits on his 57 of 27 balls before falling late in the game.
Although Captain Ellyse Perry also departed shortly after for seven, Nicole Bolton (seven not out) and Angela Reakes (three not out) drove them home.
The victory opened the seventh season of a tournament that is rapidly growing in popularity, with all 59 matches broadcast this year for the first time.
But it has been a rough journey again with the first 20 games being played in the state of Tasmania due to Covid-related travel restrictions in Australia.
Last season, the entire tournament was played in a Sydney center.
While some of the top international names are missing, a big draw this year is the Indian contingent of eight players who recently toured Australia with the national team.
They include Verma, Poonam Yadav (Brisbane Heat), Harmanpreet Kaur (Melbourne Renegades), Richa Ghosh (Hobart Hurricanes) and Smriti mandhana (Sydney thunder).
Last year’s champions, Sydney Thunder, not only missing England’s Heather Knight and Tammy beaumont this season but also pattern Rachael haynes who is on paternity leave, begins his campaign on Saturday against the Adelaide Strikers.

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