Sydney Sixers fined, administration error, Hayley Silver-Holmes

The Sydney Sixers have been fined $25,000 following an “administration error” during their WBBL match against the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday evening.

Despite not being in the club’s official 15-player squad, the Sixers listed pace bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes on their team sheet for the T20 match at North Sydney Oval.

Upon realising their mistake, the Sixers self-reported the error and sidelined Silver-Holmes, who did not bat or field during the encounter.

The Sixers appeared before Cricket Australia’s Senior Conduct Commissioner Alan Sullivan QC on Sunday, and were subsequently fined $25,000 of which $15,000 was suspended for 12 months.

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“In hearing the matter, Mr Sullivan acknowledged the seriousness of the breach, but also acknowledged the fact the Sixers had self-reported and moved swiftly to remove Silver-Holmes from the match after realising the error,” the WBBL said in a statement.

“The maximum penalty of $50,000 and/or further sanctions were not deemed appropriate given the nature of the breach and the fact Sixers lost the match and adversely impacted their Net Run Rate.”

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Sydney Sixers General Manager Jodie Hawkins confirmed the club had accepted the sanction.

“We made a regrettable administrative error for which there are understandably stringent rules,” Hawkins said in a statement.

“We were given a fair opportunity to present our case in the hearing and accept the findings and sanction.

“As a club we will learn from this and put processes in place for the future.”

CA’s Head of Big Bash Leagues Alistair Dobson commended the Sixers for their swift action and co-operation in addressing the error.

“We echo Alan Sullivan QC’s praise for the Sixers’ self-reporting and actions undertaken to minimise the impact of the breach on last night’s match,” Dobson said in a statement.

Despite a classy half-century from wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, the Sixers lost Saturday evening’s match by six wickets.

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Cricket news: WBBL, Sydney Sixers, Hayley Silver-Holmes

In 2018 Hayley Silver-Holmes made her Women’s Big Bash League debut for the Sydney Sixers and had to juggle the demands of being a professional cricketer alongside staying on top of her homework.

Two years later and Silver-Holmes is still juggling.

The WBBL and BBL have both seen young prodigies burst onto the scene as teenagers, but none have been younger than fast-bowling all-rounder Silver-Holmes was when she walked out to play the Perth Scorchers at North Sydney Oval in early December, 2018.

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Ellyse Perry photo with Hayley Silver-Holmes when she was a kid, Sydney Sixers teammates

Seven years ago, Hayley Silver-Holmes was taking selfies with Australian cricket star Ellyse Perry.

Now, the kid from Bowen Mountain is getting ready to play her third WBBL season alongside her old sporting idol at the Sydney Sixers.

But even today, Silver-Holmes admitted that she can’t believe she gets to call Perry a teammate.

“I’ve idolised her since I started (playing cricket), the person she is, how great of a sportswoman she is, I’ve always wanted to be like her, to play with her is something special,” Silver-Holmes said.

Perry said that Silver-Holmes has impressed her since she debuted for the Sixers as a 15-year-old back in 2018.

“She’s an incredibly talented cricketer who possesses a level of maturity and understanding about her bowling that is beyond her years,” Perry said.

“It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our club and Cricket NSW to play a continued role in Hayley’s development. She has the potential to be a world class T20 bowler.”

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In her first two WBBL seasons, Silver-Holmes played 28 matches and claimed nine wickets.

Last year, the 16-year-old became the second youngest NSW Breaker to debut in the Women’s National Cricket League.

Silver-Holmes said she is excited to continue developing her game under the guidance of Perry and the Sixers.

“It’s unreal to be playing, getting signed for my third and fourth season, it’s an exciting time for women’s cricket coming up and I’m glad to be part of it” Silver-Holmes said.

After watching her former teammate 18-year-old Annabel Sutherland debut for Australia during this year’s T20I tri-series, Silver-Holmes said she is determined to take her game to another level this summer.

“I played with Annabel in South Africa for the Under 19s … seeing her play in the Aussie team really inspires young girls like myself and Stella (Campbell) to want to get there too” Silver-Holmes said.


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