Alyssa Healy delivered another batting masterclass, but her 111 of 52 against Melbourne Stars wasn’t enough for the Sydney Sixers to claim a spot in the final. Instead, the Perth Scorchers clinched a spot in the top four on the final day of the WBBL regular season.
The Scorchers, who could have secured their place in next week’s final with a win over Adelaide Strikers earlier in the day, fell in a three-run loss to leave the door open. He left the Sixers requiring a big win at the North Sydney Oval to keep their hopes of playing the final alive, but after the Stars scored 178-4, that was effectively out of reach.
Still, Healy ensured his season ended on a career high as he smashed the WBBL’s fastest fourth century, with just 48 balls, in an inning that included 15 fours and six sixes. He did not reach Ash Gardner’s record score of 114 and his personal best of 112 was not eliminated.
It came in a 150 wicket-opening partnership with Ellyse Perry that laid the groundwork for a five-wicket victory, secured with two balls to spare. But the victory was tempered as his team missed the final for the second season in a row.
The result tied the Sixers on points with Perth, but they lost in the top four due to their lower net run rate.
The Stars, for whom Meg Lanning scored 77 of 59, will face the Scorchers in the first of next week’s finals, while two-time defending champion Brisbane Heat will face the Sydney Thunder, who closed their spot. in the top four with a six-wicket victory. about the last Hobart Hurricanes located earlier Sunday.
Fourth-ranked Perth overcame despite a massive batting collapse that proved costly in a three-run loss to Adelaide Strikers at the North Sydney Oval.
In-form hitters Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney produced a 118-run starting position to set the Scorchers on the right track in their pursuit of Adelaide’s 159-6. But Devine’s wicket was the beginning of a meltdown as the Scorchers lost 5-20 in the space of four overs.
It took nine final runs to win, but Sarah Coyte’s tight play sent the Strikers across the line as Perth could only handle 156-7. Player of the game Amanda-Jade Wellington (48 of 25) broke five fours and two sixes for the Strikers, helping the Scorchers have a tough chase.
The Thunder closed out third on the ladder with a six-wicket victory over last-ranked Hobart Hurricanes. Shabnim Ismail (3-10) topped the Hurricanes’ higher order at Drummoyne Oval, claiming three wickets in his first two overs to set up victory.
His destructive opening spell helped restrict the Hurricanes to 115-9, which the Thunder comfortably cut to confirm their appearance in the semifinal. Phoebe Litchfield (24 not out), Heather Knight (25) and Tammy Beaumont (22) helped ensure the Thunder reached 116-4 to secure the victory with 19 balls to spare. The loss meant that the Hurricanes ended the WBBL campaign with the wooden spoon.
In Game 4 on Sunday, the second-placed Brisbane Heat prepared for the final with a comfortable 43-run win over Melbourne Renegades in another rain-stricken encounter. Georgia Prestwidge won 4-12 for the Heat when they dropped the Forsaken 76 in 16.2 overs. Amelia Kerr’s 35 that were not eliminated helped the Heat reach 114-6 from their 17 overs.
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