Perry stars as Sixers join Thunder on top

Rob Forsaith and Justin Chadwick
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Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry has produced a standout display with bat and ball to help the Sydney Sixers join the Sydney Thunder on top of the WBBL table.

Perry scored 54 off 54 balls before snaring figures of 3-17 off her four overs to lift the Sixers to a 24-run win over the Brisbane Heat.

The 30-year-old's knock in just her third game back from a serious hamstring injury lifted the Sixers to 7-129.

Perry then destroyed Brisbane's top order as the Heat collapsed to 4-17 before eventually being skittled for 105 in 19 overs.

The Sixers have won all three of their games that have produced a result, with the other two rained out.

They sit in second place behind the Thunder, who boast the same record but a better net run rate.

The Thunder also posted a 24-run win on Wednesday thanks to Heather Knight's all-round heroics in their game against the Perth Scorchers.

Knight (57) and Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes (61 not out) shared a 108-run partnership at Sydney's Blacktown Oval, shifting momentum while marching their side from 3-22 to a total of 4-144.

In reply, the Scorchers were dismissed for 120 despite the best efforts of prized recruit Beth Mooney (61 off 49 balls).

Johnson and Knight (2-29) snared two wickets each, while Sam Bates finished with the remarkably tidy figures of 3-9 from four overs.

However, the highlight of the final innings was arguably Tammy Beaumont's direct hit from the boundary that found Chloe Piparo short of her ground.

Haynes was named player of the match.

The 33-year-old's game-changing stand with Knight came four days after they shared a club-record partnership of 122 runs against Adelaide.