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WBBL 2022: Erin Burns and Sophie Ecclestone help Sydney Sixers qualify for the Final

image-lajk7v1cErin Burns scored a 32-ball 51* [Source: Twitter]

Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) 2022 table-toppers the Sydney Sixers qualified for the finals beating second-placed the Brisbane Heat by five wickets. Erin Burns, Sophie Ecclestone and Suzie Bates starred for their side, chasing down a steep target of 164 runs. 

With nine wins out of 12 WBBL 08 matches, the Sixers with 19 points are the first team to book a spot in the finals, after finishing last in WBBL 2021.

Kate Paterson's four-for skittles the Heat

Danielle Wyatt and Georgia Voll gave the Heat a brisk start, adding 40-odd runs on the scoreboard in no time. As expected, Ashleigh Gardner provided her side with a breakthrough, getting rid of Wyatt for a 19-ball 31.

Back-to-back wickets of Voll and Grace Harris further halted their surge as Kate Peterson gained momentum for the Sixers. She added two more wickets to her tally, finishing with figures of four for 17.

Amelia Kerr stood tall for her side as captain Jess Jonassen launched an attack on the Sixers' bowlers. Jonassen's 38-run blitz helped her team reach 163 runs in their 20 overs, as she and Kerr joined hands for a partnership of 62 runs.

Burns and Ecclestone chase down 164

The Sixers' star players Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry contributed just six runs between them, as the Heat's bowlers made good use of the new ball.

​New Zealand's Suzie Bates tried to keep her side in the hunt with support from Gardner. The Kerr sisters — Amelia and Jess — struck gold getting Bates and Garnder in quick succession.

Burns and Ecclestone played out a tough spell without scoring but ensured that the Sixers did not lose any more wickets. Playing her 100 WBBL match, Burns turned up the heat in the final five overs, with her side needing 67 to win.

She went on to score a fifty in 32 deliveries, as Eccelstone also joined the party. The England cricketer slammed an unbeaten 25-ball 45, to guide her side to a memorable five wicket victory.

Brief Score

Brisbane Heat: 163-5 (20)

Jess Jonassen 38* (21), Danielle Wyatt 31 (19);
Kate Peterson 4-17 (4), Ashleigh Gardner 1-31 (4)

Sydney Sixers: 164-5 (19.3)

Erin Burns 51* (32), Sophie Ecclestone 47* (25);
Jess Kerr 1-29 (4), Nicola Hancock 1-30 (3.3)

Sydney Sixers won by five wickets. 

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