Bates shines in new middle-order role as Sixers make it three in a row

Bates shines in new middle-order role as Sixers make it three in a row

Sydney Sixers 166 of 9 (Tryon 40, Bates 35*) beaten Hobart Hurricanes 109 (Stalenberg) for 57 runs

The Sydney Sixers continued their mid-season resurgence to stay in finals contention with a 57-run victory over Hobart Hurricanes.

Important contributions from Ash Gardner, Chloe Tryon and later Suzie Bates, in her new middle-order role, lifted the home side from an uncertain 39 for 3 after Heather Graham scored twice.

Ellyse Perry claimed the key scalp of Lizelle Lee and Lauren Cheatle’s one-handed return catch removed Nicola Carey for a duck off the first ball, leaving them 19 for 3. Their problems increased when Tryon, the hero with the ball against Melbourne Stars two days, removed Bryony Smith.

Linsey Smith had shipped nine dots in two powerplay overs and claimed Elyse Villani and then returned to add Heather Graham to leave the Hurricanes reeling at 51 for 5.

Naomi Stalenberg threatened briefly but there was too much to do. The result meant the Sixers leapfrogged the Hurricanes into fifth place.

Gardner and Tryon had plundered 73 in seven overs to revive the Sixers’ innings but then lost 3 for 2 in six balls during the power surge that threatened to derail them.

Graham claimed his third when he removed Gardner, then Ismail, who earlier needed prolonged treatment for a finger injury after missing a return catch in his first over and then not batting, dismissed his former South Africa teammate, Tryon, and Mathilda Carmichael in space. of three balls.

But Bates’ experience came to the fore as he prevented a lower-order collapse. He made a vital ninth-wicket stand of 31 off 15 balls with Kate Peterson, who contributed only a single. Bates hit six boundaries in the last 10 deliveries she faced.