All-Sydney final for Women’s Big Bash

Sydney Sixers celebrate a wicket in the semi-final

Sixers lost their first six group games, but won their next eight to make the semi-finals

Sydney Sixers cruised into the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League final after beating Hobart Hurricanes in a rain-affected semi-final in Melbourne.

Sixers, who lost their first six group games and are now on a nine-game winning streak, will meet city rivals Sydney Thunder in Sunday’s final.

Hurricanes, led by England’s Heather Knight, made 86-8 from 14 overs.

Set 55 from eight overs to win, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry helped Sixers to a 10-wicket win with 10 balls to spare.

The Duckworth-Lewis-adjusted target ultimately proved too easy for Australia stars Healy (32 not out) and Perry (22 not out) who raced to their target without loss.

Sixers were also indebted to veteran ex-Australia spinner Lisa Sthalekar, who came out of retirement for this tournament and took 3-9 from her three overs, capturing the key wickets of captain Knight (16), Erin Burns (26) and New Zealand left-hander Amy Satterthwaite (24) – the only three Hurricanes players to make double figures.

It leaves Sixers all-rounder Laura Marsh as the only England player left in the WBBL, although she did not play in the semi-final and has only featured in six of their 15 games.

The second men’s Big Bash League semi-final takes place at 08:40 GMT as Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers bid to join Sydney Thunder in the final.

Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright are in the Stars squad, while Michael Carberry and David Willey may feature for the Scorchers.

Knight finished the WBBL with 363 runs from 15 innings, and a top score of 74

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