The Sydney Sixers have suffered a heartbreaking last-ball loss to the Melbourne Renegades in their WBBL clash, and their pain was compounded by a nasty-looking shoulder injury to superstar Ellyse Perry.
- Ellyse Perry landed hard on her right shoulder during the Sixers’ WBBL loss to the Renegades
- Teammate Erin Burns said it looked like an AC joint injury, but backed the star all-rounder to recover quickly
- The Renegades moved up to fourth on the ladder, just behind the Sixers in third
Perry landed hard on her shoulder midway through the Renegades’ innings of 8-141, which ended in victory when Courtney Webb bombed a six over long-on off the final ball of the run chase.
“There wasn’t a lot going through my mind when it all happened, just swing for the fences,” Webb said.
“Luckily the wind was going towards cow corner, because that’s the only place I can hit a six.”
Melbourne’s chase was finished in spectacular fashion by Webb (34 not out off 31 balls) but it was led by Englishwoman Danni Wyatt, who smacked 55 off 42 before holing out at deep mid-wicket.
The Renegades belted 58 runs off the last eight overs after Perry was knocked out of the attack, including 16 off the last over from South African Marizanne Kapp.
Perry may have been bowling that final over had she not suffered a suspected AC joint injury while diving on the rope in a failed attempt to prevent an earlier six to the same spot by Webb.
The gun all-rounder leapt and lunged her bowling arm at a long ball while fielding at long-on at the end of the 12th over, only to watch the ball sail over her head for six. She came crashing down after it, landing square on the point of her shoulder.
She barely used her right arm in the field and was unable to bowl her fourth and final over in the match, having bowled three overs for 14 runs after scoring 37 off 45 in the Sixers’ first innings of 4-139.
“It looks like she’s got a little bit of an AC injury,” teammate Erin Burns said.
“But if there’s anyone that can come back from that kind of stuff it’s Ellyse. She soldiered on pretty well even though she was one arm down.
“I’m sure she’ll get on the physio table and probably do a few scans and see how it’s looking. All the medical staff will be around her, so I’m sure she’ll be back on the park in no time.”
Earlier, Kapp was the star for the Sixers with the bat, hitting eight fours en route to 52 not out off 34. Perry and Ashleigh Gardner (36 off 36) were the other Sydney batters with ticks next to their names.
The Sixers are third on the ladder with a 6-3 win-loss record, while the Renegades jumped up to fourth with a 5-4 record.