2019-11-03 by W.M.
Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy smash Twenty20 record partnership of 199 runs in WBBL
Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy walk off after posting a record-breaking 199-run partnership. (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry have smashed a record partnership for any major women’s domestic Twenty20 competition, as their Sydney Sixers belted the Melbourne Stars by 45 runs in the WBBL.
- Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry put together an unbeaten opening stand of 199 runs against the Stars
- The previous record partnership in women’s T20s was 161 runs
- Healy finished 106 not out from 53 balls and Perry was unbeaten on 87 from 68 deliveries
Healy (106 not out off 53 balls) and Perry (87 not out off 68) were in another stratosphere, taking the Sixers to 0-199 in their innings at the WACA in Perth.
The Stars were never in the hunt, posting 6-154 in reply.
Healy’s ton was the third in her WBBL career and comprised 13 fours and four sixes, coming just over a month since she set a world record for the highest score in a women’s T20 fixture.
Healy acknowledges the applause of the WACA ground after reaching her century. (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
She was on 90 heading into the last over before crunching Nicola Hancock for four off-side boundaries to sail past the milestone.
“It was good fun out there today,” Healy said.
“Pez batted beautifully and I’m grateful that she gave me the opportunity to get a ton.
“I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment. I’m fairly relaxed and in a really enjoyable space at the moment. Hopefully that can continue.”
At the other end, Perry celebrated her 29th birthday in fine style by playing the ultimate complementary innings, stroking 12 boundaries.
The all-rounder now has 279 runs at an extraordinary average of 139.50 this season and has lifted her career WBBL average well past 50.
@WBBL tweet: 20 overs, 199 runs. That was an insane, record-breaking, ridiculous partnership from @ahealy77 and @EllysePerry
Perry and Healy’s 199-run stand smashed the previous record in women’s domestic T20s of 161 unbroken, set by Rachel Priest and Heather Knight for Western Storm against Yorkshire Diamonds in the 2017 English Super League.
The previous WBBL record was 156, set in 2015/16 by Mignon du Preez and Meg Lanning for the Stars, and also by Beth Mooney and Grace Harris for the Brisbane Heat.
Stars captain Elyse Villani (59) and Saturday’s century-maker Lizelle Lee (25) set a cracking early pace in reply to the Healy-Perry show and Katey Martin (31) batted nicely but the target always looked out of reach.
Sarah Aley (2-18) was the best of the Sixers’ bowlers.