The Sydney Sixers slumped to their first loss of the WBBL season in a nine-wicket drubbing at the hands of title-rivals Perth Scorchers on Tuesday afternoon.
After a record-breaking opening weekend, Sydney's big guns Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardiner and Alyssa Healy all failed to fire as they were restricted to 8/122 at North Dalton Park in Wollongong. Perth - who lost to the Sixers in last season's grand final - were always in control during the run chase and reached the modest target with 10 balls to spare.
Scorchers openers Elyse Villani (74 not out off 61 balls) and Nicole Bolton (42 off 46 balls) did all the damage in a 106-run stand.
Villani scored the winning runs when she hammered Perry over the boundary rope in the 19th over.
"Scoring 120 on this ground and pitch was always going to be tough to defend," Sydney's Erin Burns said.
"I think our bowlers did pretty well particularly towards the back end when they were trying to restrict those boundaries.It was always pretty hard to try and get twos on this field but we did pretty well to try and hold them to the last two overs."
Sydney were in trouble early, with Perry (15), Healy (15) and Gardiner (7) failing to make a significant impact at the crease. Thirroul junior Burns top scored with 33 for the hosts. But when she was caught behind square off the bowling Heather Graham (2 for 20), the likelihood of the Sixers setting a significant target departed with her.
Perth's bowlers set the platform for their second win, with Brunt, Graham and Emma King all bagging two wickets.