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Aussie golden girl rues costly blunder

Ellyse Perry’s half-century wasn’t enough to thwart the Perth Scorchers, who secured a five-wicket victory in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon.

The Sydney Sixers all-rounder struck 62 not out off 52 balls at Blacktown International Sportspark, her classy innings featuring nine boundaries.

Perry was supported by South African international Marizanne Kapp, who unfortunately retired hurt for 33 after she experienced an elevated heart rate.

As reported by Cricket Australia’s Laura Jolly, the 30-year-old has a pre-existing heart condition, and was quickly rushed to a hospital for tests.

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The Sixers finished their 20 overs with 4/137, a total which potentially could have been defended if not for a series of costly errors.

Ellyse Perry of the Sixers.Source:Getty Images

Wayward bowling during the Powerplay ensured the Scorchers got off to a flying start, with the Sixers bowlers leaking 10 wides.

Perry then dropped a regulation catch on the boundary rope in the 17th over, the ball ricocheting off her palm over the rope for six valuable runs.

The unnecessary extras and missed chance proved the difference, with Perth reaching the target with just five balls to spare.

“That’s something we’ll need to tidy up. You don’t like to give away too many extras in games like these, especially when it’s extra over and extra runs in a way,” Sixers bowler Sarah Aley said after the defeat.

“We’ll go away and have a look at that, and try and work on that in the training sessions leading into the next lot of games.”

Scorchers opener Beth Mooney was awarded Player of the Match for her unbeaten 75 off 64 deliveries, which included nine boundaries.

During her innings, Mooney overtook Australian teammate Perry on the tally for most runs in WBBL tournaments.

Beth Mooney of the Scorchers.Source:Getty Images

“We’re blessed at the Scorchers to have a versatile batting order … regardless of what happens in the first six overs we’ve got the depth in our batting line-up to win from any position,” Mooney said.

“We’re pretty fortunate to get two wins on the board in a row against a quality Sixers outfit, who have pretty much been the benchmark of this whole competition in the last six years.

“We would’ve liked to have finished the game a little earlier than we did in the 20th over, that wasn’t to be but we got over the line in the end.”

Having secured their third victory of the season, the Scorchers climb up to fourth position on the WBBL ladder.

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