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Sydney Sixers sneak into WBBL finals thanks to last-ball heroics by Sara McGlashan

New Zealand international Sara McGlashan has propelled the Sydney Sixers into the Women's Big Bash League finals courtesy of a thrilling last-ball strike. 

Requiring 14 runs from the final over in pursuit of Hobart's 127, after earlier being 4-20, McGlashan hit Hurricanes captain Heather Knight for a six off the second ball of the over, before getting the equation down to two off the final delivery.

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McGlashan aimed straight and hit Knight down the ground as Emily Leys scampered back to the non-striker's end for the winning run, which gave the Sixers the victory they needed to squeeze into the finals.

McGlashan was ecstatic after the match and said it was always her intention to try to go back past the bowler on the final delivery. 

The Sydney Sixers are into the WBBL finals after defeating the Hobart Hurricanes.
The Sydney Sixers are into the WBBL finals after defeating the Hobart Hurricanes.  

"It was a funny one. I stood there and was like: 'Oh, I've never really been in this situation before', McGlashan said. "I think naturally I wanted to go big, but then I realised that I also didn't want to hit it down the fielder's throat. Luckily I didn't get too much on it and we were able to come back for two." 

After losing their first six matches, the Sixers have now won their last eight games and are charging towards a repeat semi-final against the Hurricanes with plenty of confidence. 

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"The girls are really excited that we're still in the competition," McGlashan said. "It was a tough road early on. The confidence is pretty sky-high in the changeroom, that's for sure." 

Meanwhile, the Sydney Thunder have finished atop the WBBL ladder with nine wins from their 14 matches after defending 104 against the Melbourne Stars. 

Opener Meg Lanning made 13, but with her side requiring 23 runs from 16 balls with seven wickets in the sheds, they capitulated, losing 5/16 thanks to a stellar performance with the ball from Rene Farrell (4-18 from four). 

The Thunder will take on the fourth-placed Perth Scorchers. 

 

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