In a significant boost to the Sydney Sixers’ Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) campaign, the team’s stalwart and cricketing sensation, Ellyse Perry, has officially re-signed for two more seasons. Perry’s unwavering commitment to the Sixers, coupled with her exemplary performance both with the bat and the ball, has solidified her position as a pivotal figure in the league since its inception.
Ellyse Perry’s journey with the Sixers began in 2015 when she became the team’s first-ever signing. Over the years, she has not only maintained her dominance but also consistently raised the bar for her peers. Known for her prowess as a leader and a dependable presence in the top order, Perry’s contributions have played a crucial role in securing two championship titles for the Sixers.
With an impressive run tally of 3,769 runs at an average of 48.94, Perry holds the distinction of being the team’s highest run-scorer. In the broader context of the WBBL, she is second only to Beth Mooney, a testament to Perry’s exceptional skill and dedication.
“I am proud of what we have achieved, both on and off the field” – Ellyse Perry
Reflecting on her decision to extend her association with the Sixers, Ellyse Perry expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “It’s a lovely feeling to be able to continue at the Sixers for another two WBBL seasons. The club has been a special part of my career for almost a decade and I am proud of what we have achieved, both on and off the field, especially in terms of connecting with and inspiring lots of girls and boys to be involved in the game.”
As anticipation builds for the upcoming season, Perry is eagerly anticipating the challenges that lie ahead and is looking forward to the support of the fans at iconic venues like North Sydney Oval and the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). One particular highlight on Perry’s radar is the stand-alone WBBL match at the SCG on November 26, where the Sixers will take on their arch-rivals, the Thunder.
Perry highlighted the significance of this moment, saying, “To be able to play at the SCG…is a significant step forward and a reflection of the ever-growing appetite for large numbers of fans to be able to watch women’s sport at our world-class sporting venues.”
Speaking about the riveting clash between the Sixers and Thunder, often referred to as the “Sydney Smash,” Ellyse Perry exuded optimism regarding the attendance, saying, “I think both the Sixers and Thunder can be truly ambitious about attracting a great crowd for the Sydney Smash.”
Perry’s influence extends beyond her commitments on the field. She etched her name in the history books during WBBL 04, where she secured the prestigious title of ‘Player of the Tournament.’ Notably, Perry became the first-ever Big Bash player, male or female, to cross the remarkable milestone of 2,000 runs.
Sydney Sixers squad for WBBL 2023 (As of 10th August 2023)
Ellyse Perry (c), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Lauren Cheatle, Ash Gardner, Emma Hughes