Sixers reach Women’s Big Bash final despite Beaumont 50

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Women’s Big Bash League semi-final, Adelaide:
Sydney Sixers 138-5 (20 overs): Gardner 72, Devine 2-21
Adelaide Strikers 121-9 (20 overs): Beaumont 50, Aley 4-9, Garth 2-14
Sydney Sixers won by 17 runs

Defending champions Sydney Sixers marched into the Women’s Big Bash League final with a 17-run victory over Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval.

Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner hit six sixes in her 72 from 45 balls, anchoring the Sixers’ innings of 138-5 as England’s Amy Jones made only three.

Seamer Sarah Aley then ripped into Adelaide, taking 4-9 while Ireland’s Kim Garth picked up two early wickets.

England’s Tammy Beaumont top scored with 50 as the Strikers fell short.

The hosts had looked vanquished at 23-6 after six overs before Beaumont’s attempted rescue act, but she fell in the 17th over with 44 still needed as the Sixers – who will face Perth Scorchers in Sunday’s final – held on.

The Adelaide Strikers take on Melbourne Renegades at the same venue in the second men’s semi-final (08:40 GMT), with the winners meeting Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.

You can listen to commentary on the men’s and women’s Big Bash semi-finals and finals on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app.


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