A breathtaking century from Ashleigh Gardner was among the records broken in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), as Sydney Sixers scored an 86-run win over Melbourne Stars at North Sydney Oval on Saturday night.
The match, however, was marred when a young spectator was injured when he was struck on the head by the match ball from an Ellyse Perry six and taken to hospital.
Gardner belted a competition-high 114 of 52 balls for the Stars, while Perry finished unbeaten on 91 from 49, as the Sixers scored a WBBL record 4/242.
Gardner also scored the quickest WWBL half-century off 22 balls, which was later equalled by the Stars’ Lizelle Lee.
Hard-hitting Lee, who scored a one-day international century on the same ground for South Africa against Australia last season, scored 64 off 36 balls but lacked support and the Stars finished at 7/156.
The match aggregate of 398 runs easily exceeded the previous best for a WBBL match.
The Thunder had posted what was the WBBL record score before it was broken by the Sixers, having survived a spirited run chase to beat the Renegades by 11 runs in a thrilling start to the new season.
The Thunder, who were sent into bat, blasted 6/200 with Rachael Haynes (55 of 41) and Naomi Stalenberg (38 off 25) Nicola Carey (47 off 17) and Rene Farrell (25 off 13) helping the home side recover from 4/41.
Jess Duffin (81 off 47 balls) and Chamari Atapautu (42 off 30) had the Renegades on course for victory until the former was out to a catch confirmed by the third umpire.
Strikers get the job done against Hurricanes
New Zealand’s Sophie Devine spearheaded a record-breaking effort from Adelaide Strikers in their 45-run win over Hobart Hurricanes in Glenelg.
The Strikers amassed a franchise record top score of 3/183, with Devine smashing an unbeaten 46 off 21 balls before taking 2/20 as the Hurricanes were held to 9/138.
New Strikers captain Suzie Bates (31 off 24) and Tammy Beaumont (43 off 39) got the innings off to a strong start.
Tahlia McGrath (22 off 21) and Bridget Patterson (26 not out off 18) all kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Devine McGrath (2/15) and strike bowler Megan Schutt (2/26) all made inroads, as the Hurricanes failed to build a major partnership.
West Indian Hayley Matthews (35 off 27) and Veronica Pyke (26 not out off 20) were the visitors’ leading scorers, but the Hurricanes could not muster any stand bigger than 32.