Women's Big Bash League: Sixers in final after beating Hurricanes

Sydney Sixers celebrate a wicket in the semi-final
Sixers lost their first six group games, but won their next eight to make the semi-finals
Women's Big Bash League semi-final, Melbourne:
Hobart Hurricanes 86-8 (14 overs): Burns 26, Sthalekar 3-9
Sydney Sixers 55-0 (6.2 overs): Healy 32 not out, Perry 22 not out
Sydney Sixers win by 10 wickets (D/L method - target 55 from 8 overs)
Scorecard (external site)

Sydney Sixers cruised into the inaugural Women's Big Bash League final after beating Hobart Hurricanes in a rain-affected semi-final in Melbourne.

Sixers, who lost their first six group games and are now on a nine-game winning streak, will meet city rivals Sydney Thunder in Sunday's final.

Hurricanes, led by England's Heather Knight, made 86-8 from 14 overs.

Set 55 from eight overs to win, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry helped Sixers to a 10-wicket win with 10 balls to spare.

The Duckworth-Lewis-adjusted target proved too easy for Australia stars Healy (32 not out) and Perry (22 not out), who raced to their target without loss.

Sixers were also indebted to veteran ex-Australia spinner Lisa Sthalekar, who came out of retirement for this tournament and took 3-9 from her three overs.

She captured the key wickets of captain Knight (16), Erin Burns (26) and New Zealand left-hander Amy Satterthwaite (24) - the only three Hurricanes players to make double figures.

It leaves Sixers all-rounder Laura Marsh as the only England player left in the WBBL, although she did not play in the semi-final and has only featured in six of their 15 games.

Also at the MCG on Friday, Melbourne Stars beat Perth Scorchers by seven wickets in the second men's Big Bash League semi-final, joining Sydney Thunder in Sunday's final.

Big Bash League semi-finals
Big Bash LeagueWomen's Big Bash League
Thu 21 Jan (Adelaide)Sydney Thunder beat Adelaide StrikersSydney Thunder beat Perth Scorchers
Fri 22 Jan (Melbourne)Melbourne Stars beat Perth ScorchersSydney Sixers beat Hobart Hurricanes
England's Heather Knight hits out for Hobart Hurricanes
Knight finished the WBBL with 363 runs from 15 innings, and a top score of 74

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