Sydney Sixers Squad for Opening Weekend of WBBL|05 Revealed

Sydney Sixers Squad for Opening Weekend of WBBL|05 Revealed
Sydney Sixers Squad for Opening Weekend of WBBL|05 Revealed
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The Sydney Sixers have announced a 13-player squad for their opening two games of WBBL|05 and it includes four teenagers who are yet to play a WBBL game, ensuring at least two will make their debuts on Friday night at North Sydney Oval.

Alisha Bates, Stella Campbell, Maddy Darke and Emma Hughes have all been included in the group alongside current Australian internationals Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ash Gardner and Erin Burns for Friday's fixture against cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder and Saturday's grand final rematch with the Brisbane Heat.

Of the teen quartet, only Campbell has been part of a Sixers campaign in the past, part of the squad in WBBL|04 without playing in the starting 11 during the tournament.

A fifth teen, Hayley Silver-Holmes, is also in the squad however she played throughout last season after becoming the youngest Sydney Sixer in history when she made her debut aged just 15.

South African captain Dane Van Niekerk is yet to arrive in Australia and will miss the opening weekend, while international left arm fast bowler Lauren Cheatle was not considered for selection due to injury.

WBBL Squad v Thunder (18th Oct) & v Heat (19th Oct):-

- Sarah Aley (shirt number 3)
- Alisha Bates (99)
- Erin Burns (29)
- Stella Campbell (18)
- Maddy Darke (7)
- Ashleigh Gardner (6)
- Alyssa Healy (77)
- Jodie Hicks (14)
- Emma Hughes (22)
- Marizanne Kapp (17)
- Ellyse Perry (C) (8)
- Hayley Silver-Holmes (4)
- Lauren Smith (2)

UPCOMING GAMES

FRIDAY
Who: Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder
When: Friday October 18, 1940 (Gates open 1840)
Where: North Sydney Oval
Theme: Sydney Smash - the cross town rivalry continues

SATURDAY
Who: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat
When: Saturday October 19, 1910 (Gates open 1810)
Where: North Sydney Oval
Theme: Sixers Can, You Can - the Sixers have partnered with Sony Foundation Australia’s youth cancer program ‘You Can’ since 2010. On Saturday players will wear playing shirts bearing inspirational messages that will be auctioned off after the game. You can donate at www.sonyfoundation.org/sydneysixers

Tickets for both the WBBL and BBL are on sale now via https://www.sydneysixers.com.au/tickets.