Sixers' finals hopes hang by a thread after loss to Renegades

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Sixers' finals hopes hang by a thread after loss to Renegades

By Phil Lutton

The Sydney Sixers' hopes of sneaking into the WBBL finals have been dealt a hammer blow after a six-wicket defeat to the Melbourne Renegades at North Sydney Oval.

A thunderous batting performance from Lizelle Lee, along with a strong hand with the bat and in the field from Courtney Webb, was enough for the Renegades to chase down Sydney's total of 4-166 with five balls to spare.

Ellyse Perry of the Sixers bats at North Sydney Oval.

Ellyse Perry of the Sixers bats at North Sydney Oval.Credit:Getty

The Sixers can make the finals in theory but must beat Meg Lanning's Melbourne Stars on Sunday and hope other results fall their way.

The Renegades won the toss and it didn't take long for them to start to regret their decision to send in the Sixers, with the old firm of Alyssa Healy and Elysse Perry teeing off to take the Sydneysiders to 104 without loss after 12 overs.

Healy was in typically aggressive touch and wasted no time in trying to set up a big total, moving to 63 off 38 deliveries before being stumped chasing a wide one from Molly Strano, who lured her out of her crease.

Perry went a few balls later for 37 when Webb took one of the catches of the season. The star all-rounder skied one on the offside and Webb charged back before launching into a full-length dive to complete a brilliant piece of fielding. She dropped a sitter not long after but, with Perry out of there, the damage was done.


The momentum began to fall out of the innings after that, with the Renegades bowling well enough to curtail the middle order and keep themselves well and truly in the fight. Spinner Ella Hayward was conceded just 18 from her three overs and was accurate enough to ensure there was no significant late flourish.

A total of 166 seemed underwhelming given the fast start and that would prove to be the case, with Lee seeing them like beach balls from the opening over as she spearheaded the successful chase. Her 79 from 45 deliveries included nine boundaries and four sixes as she punished any loose balls and plenty that weren't.

Sophie Molineux (4) and Josie Dooley (5) went cheaply but Lee found a willing partner in Amy Satterthwaite (17), who won't be in any hurry to watch an ill-conceived reverse sweep that saw her get clean bowled, and Webb, who was unbeaten on 46 to guide the Renegades home in the final over with straight four off Perry.

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