Sunday, August 1, 2021

Sydney Sixers: Sixers retain Reakes for a further season

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All-rounder Angela Reakes has signed a one-year deal to stay with the Sydney Sixers for WBBL|07.

Reakes is one of the most experienced players in the Women’s Big Bash League and returned “home” last season.

WBBL|07 will be her fifth season in magenta including the first three seasons of the competition where the Sixers claimed the WBBL|02 and WBBL|03 titles.

She has now played 60 matches for the club.

“I’m pumped about re-signing,” the 30-year-old exercise physiologist said.

“I’m really looking forward to it … a few things didn’t go our way last year (and) it’s always exciting to start a new season.”

Reakes spent WBBL|04 with the Melbourne Stars before a torn Achilles ruled her out the following season.

The ACT Meteors captain is a cricketer who brings vast domestic experience to any side she plays in, and her leadership is the perfect complement to Sixers international super stars Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner.

“They’ve obviously got a high load, particularly Ash and Pez, batting high and bowling a lot of overs. Just trying to help with fielding angles, hotspots for our boundary riders, and add another element of leadership to help take the load off those girls.”

Sixers WBBL Head Coach Ben Sawyer is elated Reakes had signed on again given the value she brought to the club on and off the field.

“On the field she’s very athletic, she’s a good finisher with the bat, runs well between the wickets and is a great fielder. But off the field, she’s probably one of the people that brings the group together in all kinds of situations,” Sawyer said.

Reflecting on what makes it so special to represent the Sixers, Reakes pointed to one key factor.

“I think it’s the professionalism of the set up.” Reakes said.

“I think we’re at an interesting stage where we’ve had two seasons that haven’t really gone our way.

“I’m hoping for really big things this year, we obviously really love winning and we’ve missed (that feeling) the last couple of seasons. I think everyone is hungry to try and get their hands on a lot more wins and hopefully reach a Final this year.”

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