Sixers lock in squad for WBBL|08 Final
The Sydney Sixers have named a 14-player squad for Saturday afternoon's Weber WBBL|08 Final at North Sydney Oval.
The most dominant team all summer, the Sixers secured the right to host the Final with 11 regular season wins – a record for the competition.
Two-time WBBL Champions, the Sixers will be desperately seeking to add a third trophy to the silverware cupboard on Saturday afternoon, taking on last year's finalists, the Adelaide Strikers.
In her first season as Head Coach, Charlotte Edwards guided her group from bottom of the table to minor-season victors, looking to go one step further in the final game of the summer.
Australian cricket legend, Nicole Bolton will be in search of a fairytale finish, announcing that Saturday's decider will be her last, calling time on an illustrious career.
A fixture of Australian cricket for close to 15 years, the former Scorcher joined the Sixers ahead of last season, quickly cementing herself as reliable middle-order bat, crafty spinner, much-loved teammate and fan favourite.
Maitlan Brown has been named in the extended squad following treatment for a back complaint and is available for selection on Saturday.
Sixers captain Ellyse Perry complimented her team's ability to contribute across the board, noting the side's shared effort's this season.
“I think a key feature of our team this year (has been) the contributions across the group at various stages with both bat and ball and also in the field. It creates an awesome environment where everyone believes in their role and takes on responsibility of contributing when they’re needed.
“There was a sense before we even started playing (this season) that everyone was really looking forward to it and felt refreshed and ready to go, so it’s been a wonderful ride so far."
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Speaking on the iconic North Sydney Oval, Perry couldn’t haven’t higher praise for her home venue.
“It is a wonderful place to play, and it certainly feels like home to us. In the last five or six years I think North Sydney has really become the home of women’s cricket in Australia.
“When we’ve got a full house here it’s an amazing atmosphere and a great crowd, and I think it’s really family friendly.
“By all reports we are heading towards a sell-out, so it’d be wonderful to see that on Saturday.”
First ball of the Weber WBBL|08 Final is scheduled for 5.20pm (AEDT) at North Sydney Oval, and will be broadcast live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket, Kayo Sport and ABC Radio.
Sydney Sixers squad v Adelaide Strikers (Saturday, November 26)
Jade Allen, Suzie Bates, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Sophie Ecclestone, Ashleigh Gardner (vc), Angie Genford, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry (c), Kate Peterson, Hannah Trethewy.