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Healy ton not enough to earn Sixers WBBL finals berth

The Sydney Sixers have missed out on the WBBL finals for the second year in a row despite a record-breaking century from Alyssa Healy in a thrilling victory over the Melbourne Stars at North Sydney Oval.

The Sixers went into Sunday's match with a slim chance of making the finals, needing both a win and a quick chase of the target to improve their net run-rate to slide into the top four.

Healy’s performance ensured the Sixers went out with a bang – with the 30-year-old claiming a century of 48 balls. Credit:Getty

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.

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