Healy said her side had been “found out a few times” during the course of the season but would learn from their mistakes next year. The Sixers started off the season strongly, but were unable to rebuild quick enough in the face of five-straight losses.
“I think it just shows how consistent you need to be in this WBBL to be at the top of the table,” Healy said. “The teams are so well-matched, there is no easy games out there. It’s getting harder and harder every year -if you’re not consistent, you’re not going to be at the top of that leaderboard.”
Healy’s performance ensured the Sixers went out with a bang. Healy’s husband, Test quick Mitchell Starc, clapped on the sidelines as Healy posted the third fastest ton in WBBL history and the tenth fastest in any women’s T20 match.
Dismissed for 111 off 52 balls, Healy was also frustratingly close to the highest ever score in WBBL history, set by teammate Ash Gardner who reached 114 in 2017. The century was Healy’s fourth in the WBBL – with no other player in the tournament having more than two.
Despite the relatively underwhelming performance, Perry managed to claim a record of her own, becoming the second batter in WBBL history to score 3,000 runs. Beth Mooney became the first batter to pass the milestone on Saturday.
In yet another blow for the Sixers on Sunday, Cricket Australia announced mid-game they would be handing the team a $25,000 fine following an “administrative error” during Saturday’s clash against the Melbourne Renegades.
Fast bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes had recently recovered from a foot injury and was set to make her return during the must-win game – but the comeback had not yet been formally approved by Big Bash officials.