Perry's perfect all-round performance crushes Renegades

Perry's perfect all-round performance crushes Renegades

Sydney Sixers 107 for 3 (Perry 44*, Kennedy 2-20) won Melbourne Renegades 104 (Harmanpreet 47, Perry 5-22) by seven wickets

Captain Ellyse Perry claimed five wickets in a spectacular return to bowling as the Sydney Sixers recorded a much-needed win over the Melbourne Renegades in the WACA.

Bowling for the first time since the Ashes, Perry tore through the Renegades batting order to produce his best WBBL figures of 5 for 22. Chasing a modest 105 in good batting conditions, Perry’s magnificent match continued with a undefeated 44 and also surpassed 4000. career WBBL runs.

Perry steadied the ship after the Sixers faltered at 9 for 2 when left-arm quick Sara Kennedy claimed her first WBBL wickets by removing Maitlan Brown and Ashleigh Gardner.

Kennedy, 16, who has Year 10 exams next week, impressed in his fourth game with fast bowling but Renegades’ attempt to get back into the contest was thwarted by a 62-run partnership from Perry and Erin Burns.

Burns fell for 32 but Perry, who has the ability to do her best against Renegades, and Chloe Tryon propelled the Sixers towards the target with 27 balls remaining.

Perry elected to bowl in cooler conditions than the oppressive heat both teams experienced during the WACA doubleheader two days earlier. The stakes were high with the Sixers and Renegades propping up the ladder with records of 1-5 each.

The Renegades desperately needed opener Hayley Matthews to find form after a slow start to the season. She hit a boundary in the second over off left-arm bowler Linsey Smith’s first delivery before holing out the next ball.

Bowling from the old Prindiville Stand end, which today looks deserted amid a redevelopment of the ground, Perry took control in style. He had the rather fortuitous wicket of opener Tammy Beaumont on her first delivery when a half-tracker was hit squarely at deep mid-wicket.

But no luck when a strong throw from Perry caught Jess Duffin. On the next delivery, he bowled Georgia Prestwidge with a crisp swinger that hit the top of middle stump.

Perry bowled quickly, reaching speeds of up to 120kmh, and found movement on a green-tinged surface that also represented Georgia Wareham, whose stumps were vibrating.

The Renegades were in disarray at 57 for 6 and their hopes of breaking triple figures rested on Harmanpreet Kaur. He did his best with a counter-attack during the power surge and liked Gardner’s spin with three boundaries in a row.

Harmanpreet also bravely took on Perry with a club on the ground, but his 47 off 40 balls was defined by his trademark deft touches. He fell just short of a half-century as Renegades’ hopes of a competitive total sank.

They went past three figures before Perry capped off his brilliant return to bowling with the final wicket of Josie Dooley.

Perry finished a stellar performance with the bat to help spice up the Sixers’ WBBL season.