WBBL 2020: Sydney Sixers Women (SYSW) have missed out on the Women's Big Bash League 2020 semi-finals berth for the second year in a row despite a record-breaking century from Alyssa Healy in a nail-biting victory over the Melbourne Stars Women at North Sydney Oval on Sunday. The Sixers went into Sunday's WBBL match with a slim chance of making the finals, needing both a win and a quick chase of the target to improve their Net Run Rate to slide into the top-four.
The result drew the Sydney Sixers level on 14 points with Perth Scorchers, but they missed out on the top-four due to their inferior NRR. But the victory was tempered as her team missed out on the finals for the WBBL 2020. Ellyse Perry and Co, however, started off the season strongly but were unable to rebuild quick enough from five-straight losses.
Healy ensured her season ended on a high note as she blasted the WBBL’s fourth-fastest century - off just 48 balls, in an innings that included 15 fours and six sixes. She fell just short of the highest ever score in WBBL history, set by teammate Ash Gardner who reached 114 in 2017. It was Healy's fourth century in the league as no other player in the tournament having more than two.
Healy's husband, Mitchell Starc, clapped on the sidelines as Alyssa Healy posted the fourth-fastest century in WBBL history and the 10th fastest in any women's Twenty20 match.
The Perth Scorchers, who could have secured their place in next week’s finals with victory over Adelaide Strikers earlier in the day, fell to a three-run defeat to leave the door open for the Sixers. As SYS-W requiring a heavy win at North Sydney Oval to keep alive their hopes playing semis, but after the Melbourne Stars posted 4/178, that was effectively put out of reach.
Despite the underwhelming performance, SYS-W skipper Ellyse Perry managed to claim a record of her own, become the second batsman in WBBL history to score 3,000 runs. Beth Mooney became the first to pass the milestone on Saturday.
1st Semi-Final of WBBL 2020 will be played between Melbourne Stars Women and Perth Scorchers Women on November 25, 2020, at 1:40 PM according to IST at North Sydney Oval, Sydney.
While Brisbane Heat Women will face Sydney Thunder Women in the 2nd Semi-Final on November 26 at 1:40 PM IST at North Sydney Oval, Sydney.