Sixers worry for injured Perry

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Sixers worry for injured Perry

Ellyse Perry is under an injury cloud after falling awkwardly on her shoulder. © Getty Images

Sydney Sixers franchise will be anxiously waiting for injury updates on two of their star players, Ellyse Perry and Dane van Niekerk. While the latter had to miss Sunday's (November 17) Women's Big Bash League match against Melbourne Renegades having suffered a freak injury, the former battled through much pain through the second half of the encounter in which Sixers went down off the last ball.

Perry fell awkwardly on the boundary when she attempted to stop a lofted shot from Courtney Webb from going for six in the 12th over. She was caught on camera clutching her shoulder and in visible pain. Although Sixers' skipper remained on the field she was not able to bowl due to pain. However, she hung around after the match to sign autographs and pose for photographs with the spectators.

"It looks like she (Perry) has a little bit of an AC injury," Erin Burns told after play. "But if anyone can come back from that kind of stuff it's Ellyse. She kind of soldiered on pretty well there even though she was running one arm down."

A Sixers spokesperson said Perry would be closely assessed after the match and that a decision on whether she needs any scans will be taken on Monday (November 18).

The right-hander's injury comes as a big blow to the Sixers especially considering her rich vein of form. Perry has amassed 469 runs at an astonishing average of 93.80 in this season of the WBBL so far.

In addition to Perry's injury during the match, van Niekerk freak accident on the evening before the match meant she is under the scanner as well. The South African happened to cut her left hand when she was slicing an avacado while making dinner for herself and Marizanne Kapp.

The allrounder had to be rushed to the emergency department for treatment and saw a specialist on Sunday to assess the injury. The team is hopeful that she will be available for their next match on Wednesday (November 20).