WACA or bust for Reakes in Big Bash final
FORMER Bangalow cricket- er Angela Reakes will play for the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League final against the Perth Scorchers at the WACA Ground tomorrow.
It is the second consecutive final for the Sixers with the squad including Australian players Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy and Maclean youngster Carly Leeson.
Healy top-scored with 77 in an emphatic 103-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes in a semi-final at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Reakes has struggled to score as many runs this season after featuring in the top 10 of the WBBL last season with her strike rate of 115.38.
There was a familiar face in the Hurricanes line-up with former Alstonville cricketer Georgia Redmayne opening the batting and keeping wickets.
Reakes is no stranger to finals, having played in a dominant New South Wales team in the Women's National Cricket League for several years.
She now lives in Canberra and plays for ACT but was able to take time off work to concentrate on the WBBL.
"Aftter last year it was a disappointing loss (to the Sydney Thunder) in the final and we're out for redemption this time,” Reakes said.
"This season we've had a super-over win and some other close games so hopefully that will give us some good momentum.
"The crowd obviously won't be behind us but hopefully it will be a lot of fun.
"I think it (the WBBL) is leading the way for women's sport in Australia and hopefully it continues to grow because there are some good things coming out of it.”
It will be a big night for the Sixers after Moises Henriques led the men's team to a super-over win against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
"We actually left about halfway through and only saw the end of it when we got back to the hotel,” Reakes said.
"Looking back, we definitely should have stayed but we're a tight-knit team and we watch a lot of cricket together.”
Lismore juniors Tom Cooper and Simon Milenko were also part of the Big Bash League this season.
Cooper's highest score was 53 not out in a loss to Hobart and he also opened the bowling with his off- spinners in some games.
Milenko played only one game for the Hurricanes, taking two wickets against the Adelaide Strikers on January 2.