Sydney Sixers (WBBL)
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LeagueWomen's Big Bash League
Personnel
CaptainEllyse Perry
CoachCharlotte Edwards
Team information
CitySydney
Colours  Magenta
Home groundNorth Sydney Oval
Secondary home ground(s)Hurstville Oval, Drummoyne Oval
History
Twenty20 debut6 December 2015 (2015-12-06)
WBBL wins2 (2016–17, 2017–18)
Official websiteSydney Sixers
Current season

The Sydney Sixers (WBBL) are an Australian women's Twenty20 cricket team based in Moore Park, New South Wales.[a] They are one of two teams from Sydney to compete in the Women's Big Bash League, the other being the Sydney Thunder. Claiming two titles and appearing in four consecutive championship deciders, along with being the first team to win 50 matches, the Sixers are the most successful WBBL franchise to date.

History

Formation

One of eight founding WBBL teams, the Sydney Sixers are aligned with the men's team of the same name.[2] At the official WBBL launch on 10 July 2015, Ellyse Perry was unveiled as the Sixers' first signing.[3] Perry would also become the team's inaugural captain.[4] On 12 November, New South Wales Breakers assistant Ben Sawyer was announced as the Sixers' inaugural head coach.[5]

The Sixers played their first match against the Sydney Thunder at Howell Oval in Penrith on 6 December, losing by nine wickets.[6] It took until their seventh match, a 20 December encounter with the Perth Scorchers at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to register a win.[7]

Rivalries

Melbourne Renegades

The Sixers and Melbourne Renegades have combined to produce some of the most "thrilling"[8] and "controversial"[9] matches in the league's history, particularly revolving around close finishes,[10] including:

Sydney Thunder

At the WBBL|02 season launch, Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell said the Sixers "desperately want to beat us and we desperately want to beat them. It's set up to be a really good rivalry."[23] In a joint media conference ahead of WBBL|05, Sixers captain Ellyse Perry said she considers the Thunder "our biggest rivals" while the Thunder's Rachel Priest claimed "it was a really intense rivalry right when I started with the team".[24] Noteworthy matches include:

Hobart Hurricanes

The Sixers and the Hobart Hurricanes have met in two semi-finals:

The Sixers defeated the Hurricanes in their first eleven encounters, setting a WBBL record for the longest head-to-head winning streak. The Hurricanes finally defeated the Sixers on their twelfth attempt:

Perth Scorchers

The Sixers have met, and defeated, the Perth Scorchers in two championship deciders:

Brisbane Heat

The Sixers share a "growing rivalry"[41] with the Brisbane Heat. However, ahead of WBBL|05, Sydney wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy claimed "(Brisbane) have made a bit more of it than we have in the last 12 to 18 months, it's not something we're thinking of too much."[41] Noteworthy matches include:

Captaincy records

See also: § Season summaries

There have been two captains in the Sixers' history, including matches featuring an acting captain.

Captain Span M Won Lost Tied NR W–L%
Ellyse Perry 2015–present 96 56[c] 39[d] 0 1 58.95
Alyssa Healy 2017–2019 8 4 4 0 0 50.00

Source:[45]

Season summaries

Season W–L Pos. Finals Coach Captain Most Runs Most Wickets Most Valuable Player Sources
2015–16 8–6 3rd RU Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry Ellyse Perry – 430 Sarah Aley – 19 Marizanne Kapp [46][47][48]
2016–17 9–5* 1st* C Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry[e] Alyssa Healy – 479 Sarah Aley – 28^ Alyssa Healy [49][50][51]
2017–18 10–4^[f] 1st^ C Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry Ellyse Perry – 552* Sarah Aley – 23* Ellyse Perry [52][53][54]
2018–19 10–4* 1st* RU Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry Ellyse Perry – 777^ Marizanne Kapp – 20 Ellyse Perry* [55][56][57]
2019–20 7–7 5th DNQ Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry[g] Ellyse Perry – 469 Marizanne Kapp – 15 Marizanne Kapp [58][59][60]
2020–21 6–6 5th DNQ Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry Alyssa Healy – 402 Marizanne Kapp – 13 Alyssa Healy [61][62][63]
2021–22 4–9 8th DNQ Ben Sawyer Ellyse Perry Ellyse Perry – 358 Lauren Cheatle – 10 Nicole Bolton [64][65][66]
Legend
DNQ Did not qualify SF Semi-finalists * Led the league
EF Lost the Eliminator RU Runners-up ^ League record
CF Lost the Challenger C Champions

Home grounds

Venue Games hosted by season
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Total
Blacktown ISP 2 N/A[h] 2
Drummoyne Oval 2 1 2 1 1 7
Hurstville Oval 1 2 3 2 3 1 12
North Dalton Park 1 1
North Sydney Oval 4 1 2 4 5 16
Sydney Cricket Ground 2 2 3 2 9
Sydney Showground Stadium 3 3
Waverley Oval 1 1

Players

Current squad

Main article: 2021–22 Sydney Sixers WBBL season § Squad

Australian representatives

Australia The following is a list of cricketers who have played for the Sixers after making their debut in the national women's team (the period they spent as both a Sixers squad member and an Australian-capped player is in brackets):

Overseas marquees

Associate rookies

Statistics and awards

Statistics and awards updated through to the end of WBBL|07

Team stats

Opposition M Won Lost Tied NR W–L%
Adelaide Strikers 15 11 4 0 0 73.33
Brisbane Heat 15 5 10 0 0 33.33
Hobart Hurricanes 16 14 2 0 0 87.50
Melbourne Renegades 15 9[c] 6[i] 0 0 60.00
Melbourne Stars 13 6 7 0 0 46.15
Perth Scorchers 16 8 8 0 0 50.00
Sydney Thunder 14 7 6[i] 0 1 53.85
Total 104 60[c] 43[d] 0 1 58.25

Source:[68]

Individual stats

Source:[68]

Individual awards

Sponsors

Year Kit Manufacturer Chest Sponsor Back Sponsor Breast Sponsor Sleeve Sponsor
2015–16 Majestic Rebel XVenture XVenture Rebel
2016–17 Bioglan Priceline Pharmacy
2017–18 Nature's Gift
2018–19 Priceline Pharmacy iiNet
2019–20 Ring.com Toyo Tires
2020–21 Humm Sydney Water
2021–22 Nike Humm iiNet

See also

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Notes

  1. ^ Administrative and training base[1]
  2. ^ In a 20 January 2017 match, the Melbourne Stars initially required 6 runs off the last ball but the Hobart Hurricanes conceded a boundary off a no-ball, and the Stars went on to score just one run off the final legal delivery to secure victory.[20]
  3. ^ a b c Includes one win via Super Over
  4. ^ a b Includes two losses via Super Over
  5. ^ Alyssa Healy stood in as acting captain for three games
  6. ^ The Sixers' 10–4 win–loss record, in conjunction with their net run rate of 0.890, is the best single-season performance by a team in WBBL history.
  7. ^ Alyssa Healy stood in as acting captain for five games
  8. ^ No WBBL|07 matches were scheduled to be played in New South Wales due to border restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. ^ a b Includes one loss via Super Over