With the business end of the season hotting up and the race for the top four spaces still to be decided it was imperative that both sides won to keep their destiny in their own hands.

The Sixers needed a win to help them to secure top position over their city rivals Sydney Thunder, whereas the Adelaide Strikers were looking to secure the third spot, a bizarre set of circumstances could see them finish outside the top four. It would require the Brisbane Heat to beat the Thunder convincingly.

The Strikers chose to bat first, with their opening pair of Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine they felt they could put a score on the board that would put pressure on the Sixers.

The going was difficult early on and the usual flurry of boundaries did not come from the New Zealand internationals and Bates was the first to go trying to sweep Ashleigh Gardner was lbw.

Devine then fell in the eight over has she had a wild swing at Kim Garth’s first delivery and was bowled by a ball that beat her all ends up.Wickets were taken at too regular intervals for the Strikers to ever really get going and Tammy Beaumont top-scored with 28 from 31 deliveries.

Their 111 for 9 was never enough and with Alyssa Healy, in top form, the Sixers were always going to make light work of reaching the target.

Along with Ellyse Perry, Healy got the Sixers off to a good start as the pair put on 53 for the first wicket.Perry was playing the anchor role as usual and had faced 25 balls for 13 runs before she tried to loft Amanda Wellington but was caught by Tahila McGrath at long-off.

Gardner was soon out for nine, which saw Amy Jones come to the crease to join Healy Who was scoring with freedom. Healy’s innings of 63 included 7 fours.Healy, however, was not able to see the job to the end as she hit Alex Price to Suzie Bates at the cover with five runs still needed for the win.

Jones in only her second game having come into the Sixers squad as a replacement for the South African internationals Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk, looked assured at the crease.

Erin Burns was the player that would score the winning runs with a boundary to see the Sixers home with 11 balls to spare to secure a seven-wicket win.

Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers
Adelaide Strikers 111 for 9 ( Beaumont 28, Coyte 3 for 18)
Sydney Sixers 112 for 3 (Healy 63, Price 1 for 16)