Ellyse Perry has been hit with a one-game ban in a brutal aftermath to the Sydney Sixers' loss in the WBBL final. The Sixers suffered a 10-run loss to the Adelaide Strikers in the competition decider at North Sydney Oval after finishing the regular season atop the ladder.
And if the crushing loss wasn't already bad enough for Perry, she's now been suspended for slow over-rates. The Sixers were deemed to be one over behind the expected rate in the final.
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Because it is Perry's third strike as captain, she will now serve a one-game suspension at the start of next season. Perry and Sydney Sixers officials have accepted the sanction and will not challenge it.
The suspension will not affect Perry's availability for Australia. The star all-rounder is currently in India preparing for a five-game Twenty20 series starting on Friday in Mumbai.
Sydney Sixers suffer heartbreak in WBBL final
Perry played a steady knock of 33 from 32 balls as the Sixers chased 148 for victory in the final. However her dismissal sparked the beginning of the end as they were bowled out for 137.
"It always stings not to win a final but equally extra special for the Strikers to defend that total," Perry said after the match. "They've been a great team for a number of years and thoroughly deserve victory. We probably lost a few too many wickets early."
Adelaide had lost their two previous finals and it was the third time in four years that they had made the decider. "This one has been a long time in the making which makes it extra special when you get so close so many times," Strikers skipper Tahlia McGrath said after helping her side win the title for the first time.
West Indian star Deandra Dottin was the hero for the Strikers, scoring 52 not out off 37 balls with the bat and finishing their innings with a flourish. She smashed two sixes and two fours in the last three overs.
She then took 2-30 off four overs, bowling a double-wicket maiden early in the Sixers' chase. During her batting innings, Dotton was dropped on one at backward point and was caught twice off a no-ball, riding some serious luck.
"I got some luck so it was good for me to capitalise on it," said Dottin, who rated it among her best five innings. "I was a bit nervous once wickets started to fall, it was on me, I'm the one that is actually there to hit the big ones, so I said to myself 'I have to stay to the end no matter what' for us to get a competitive total on board."
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