WBBL08 Player Focus: Alyssa Healy (Sydney Sixers)
LAST Sunday at the Junction Oval in Melbourne hosted a big day of cricket, and a big day for the batters of all four sides which took to the field that day.
One such batter who produced a stellar innings with the willow was star Sydney Sixer, Alyssa Healy.
After a shaky start, she smashed 12 fours and four sixes on her way to an unbeaten 107, and as one half of a 154-run partnership with Ellyse Perry, helped her side defeat the Perth Scorchers.
Despite her magnificent total, those watching the beginning of Healy’s innings would have been very surprised to know she would go on to make such a big score.
She got off to a very slow start, failing to get off the mark from her first seven deliveries, and taking until the 11th ball she faced to score her first boundary.
She lost opening partner Suzie Bates in the back end of the third over, but that brought Perry to the crease. From there, the score began to tick over with less dot balls, but no great wealth of boundaries.
Healy’s second boundary came in the eighth over, when she guided the ball down to square leg for four. She struck another one down the ground in the very same over.
The eighth over proved a turning point for Healy, as the boundaries began to flow more freely for the Aussie star.
Her first six came at the end of the 12th over, as she whacked the ball over deep mid wicket, using a lot of power to clear the rope off a spinner.
She hit another six three balls later when she guided a no ball full toss slightly squarer than her last maximum. She made it two in a row when she guided the very next ball straight down the ground.
The runs kept coming from Healy as she raced towards that century.
She was mainly hitting them front of square, but she was not afraid to work the ramp shot into her game, especially during the Power Surge.
Healy even copped a hit on the helmet on the way to her century, but that did not deter her as she guided the ball down to midwicket for her century.
She lost a few batting partners in the last two overs, but it did not matter to Healy as she kept her own wicket safe and hit the winning runs over the inner ring of fielders to help guide her team home.