Sixers face WBBL KO after Heat defeat

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Ellyse Perry and her Sydney Sixers are staring down the barrel of missing out on the WBBL finals after a three-wicket defeat to Brisbane Heat in Mackay.

Sent in to bat first in Saturday's must-win encounter at Great Barrier Reef Arena, the Sixers limped to a paltry 7-91 off their 20 overs.

Heat quick Courtney Sippel (2-12) started the rout with a double-wicket maiden in her first over, removing Australian pair Alyssa Healy (4) and Ashleigh Gardner (0) to leave the Sixers 2-6.

Perry was unable to drag her team out of the mess, scoring just two off 11 deliveries before falling to rival captain Jess Jonassen (3-15).

The Heat's sensational night continued in the field with Mikayla Hinkley snaring a brilliant one-handed diving catch to dismiss Nicole Bolton (25) before Georgia Redmayne's slick glovework standing up to Nadine de Klerk (1-18) saw Angela Reakes (10) stumped.

In reply, the in-form Heat suffered a major scare losing three wickets in nine balls to slump to 4-37 but the target was too little to defend as Brisbane made 7-92 with 5.5 overs to spare.

Left-armer Lauren Cheatle's impressive opening spell on her way to 3-16 gave the Sixers some hope of an unlikely win.

Perry herself thought she had snared a crucial wicket when Laura Kimmince was caught off her bowling but the big-hitting Heat batter was given a reprieve when replays showed the star allrounder had overstepped and a no-ball was called.

That was the Sixers' final roll of the dice and despite the Heat making hard work of their chase they did enough to move to second on the ladder, a point behind the table-topping Melbourne Renegades.

Defeat leaves the Sixers sixth on the competition ladder with four wins from 11 matches and just three matches left to play.

Compounding their woes, earlier in the day Adelaide moved into fourth on the ladder and the last playoffs position by thrashing Hobart for their third consecutive win.

Australian quick Darcie Brown was the star of the game, claiming 3-19 as the second-last Hurricanes were rolled for just 94 in reply to Adelaide's 4-142.

The Strikers will be eager to continue their winning run when they face the Heat in Mackay on Sunday before returning to South Australia for their remaining round robin matches.

Sunday's other match is a Sydney derby between the Sixers and last-placed Sydney Thunder.

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