Scorchers extend Sixers' WBBL woes

Steve Barrett
Meg Lanning scored 81 for the Perth Scorchers who downed the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL

Australian captain Meg Lanning has steered the Perth Scorchers to a weekend sweep of the slumping Sydney Sixers and to the verge of a WBBL finals berth.

Player-of-the-match Lanning belted 81 off 50 balls as the Scorchers overhauled the Sixers' 6-164 with four balls to spare, claiming an eight-wicket victory at Lilac Hill on Sunday.

Back-to-back wins over the Sixers put the third-placed Scorchers (8-4) on 16 points, a win behind finals-bound leaders Brisbane Heat (9-3) and Adelaide Strikers (9-3), with two games remaining.

But the outlook appears perilous for the fourth-placed Sixers (6-6, 12 points) who have struggled without injured skipper Ellyse Perry and fell to a fourth straight defeat.

They have Melbourne Renegades (5-6, 10 points) snapping at their heels and with a game in hand.

Lanning was at her brilliant best from the outset on Sunday and combined with English import Amy Jones (41) for a 104-run opening-wicket stand, the powerhouse pair's fourth triple-digit union of the season.

Their fine work was finished off by Nat Sciver (39 not out off 22 balls) who had been the star in the Scorchers' win 24 hours earlier.

With eight runs required off the final over, Sciver nonchalantly crunched Sarah Aley for back-to-back boundaries, a cut past point then a slog sweep past fine leg.

The Sixers' afternoon started in horrific fashion when stand-in skipper Alyssa Healy miscued a return catch to Sciver off the very first ball of the day.

It capped a forgettable weekend for Healy, who also succumbed to Sciver in the opening over in Saturday's match.

Erin Burns (60 not out) and Ash Gardner (54) put on 82 for the second wicket to resurrect the Sixers' charge before Hollie Armitage (24) and Dane van Niekerk (21) got motoring late.