Table-toppers Sixers slump to five-wicket defeat

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WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2018-19

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Alana King delivered a match-winning performance as the Stars pummelled the Sixers

Alana King delivered a match-winning performance as the Stars pummelled the Sixers © Getty

A dramatic collapse triggered by Nicola Hancock and Alana King saw the Sydney Sixers slump to 92 all out before conceding a five-wicket win in their final league fixture of the WBBL|04 season to the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.

The table-toppers opted to bat in the inconsequential tie, but barring Alyssa Healy, who returned at the top of the order, none of the other batters could manage a double-digit score. Healy’s typically swift 35 off 21 deliveries had taken Sixers to a healthy 45 halfway through the sixth over of the powerplay, but King snaffled the destructive opener, only five balls after Hancock had dismissed the league’s record top-scorer Ellyse Perry for just six.

From 45/2, the Sixers came crashing down to fold for 92 with the second-best score in the innings being Ashleigh Gardner and Lauren Cheatle’s eight. Skipper Kristen Beams polished off the lower order with three scalps.

Chasing a modest total, Stars suffered a blow off the second ball when Lizelle Lee was caught behind off the bowling of compatriot Marizanne Kapp even before she could open her account. Mignon du Preez, too, fell cheaply, but Angela Reakes had laid the foundation for the chase with a solid run-a-ball 22 before becoming Kapp’s second victim of the day.

Erin Osborne then dropped anchor and stitched two vital stands to take the Stars across the line. She hit three boundaries in her unbeaten 34 and including one in the 17th over to seal the Sixers’ fate. Unfortunately for the Stars, despite picking up their fifth win in the competition, they were never in contention to qualify for the knockouts given their poor form in the majority of the league stages.

Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 92 all out in 19 overs (Alyssa Healy 35; Alana King 3-13, Kristen Beams 3-11, Nicola Hancock 2-22) lost to Melbourne Stars 96/5 in 16.4 overs (Erin Osborne 34*, Angela Reakes 22; Marizanne Kapp 2-9) by five wickets.

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