‘She’s not 100 per cent’: Gardner suffers seventh career concussion

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Ash Gardner is in doubt for the Sydney Sixers' crucial run of midweek WBBL games after suffering a suspected concussion during her side's fourth straight loss against the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.

Gardner was ruled out mid-way through Sunday's 14-run defeat and replaced by wicketkeeper Maddy Darke after diving in an attempt to stop a boundary during the Sixers' fielding innings.

Ash Gardner nurses a sore head after being forced out of the WBBL match against Adelaide at Drummoyne Oval.Credit:Getty

Her head did not hit the ground, but was jarred as she landed. The on-field doctor ruled her out of the rest of the match under the game's concussion protocols. The incident marks the seventh concussion of the 23-year-old's cricketing career.

The Sixers have a quick turnaround before facing off against Brisbane on Tuesday and the Thunder on Wednesday, but are hoping Gardner will be fit for the matches.

Gardner suffered a concussion in January during her preparations for the limited-overs series against England in Canberra, but recovered in time to play the opener just four days later.

Gardner's subbing didn't help the Sixers on Sunday morning, with the side unable to chase a 120 target set by Adelaide at Drummoyne Oval. Sixers teammate Dane van Niekerk said the loss of Gardner "hurt" the batting lineup.

Gardner jarred her head in the process of diving to prevent a boundary.Credit:The Cricket Network

"She's not 100 per cent, but she is going to get some tests and hopefully she can play next week," she said. "She understands what her body needs."

The loss was the Sixers' fourth in a row. Van Niekerk said the side needed to "reset" after the sudden shift.

"With a short amount of time and a lot of games back-to-back, you can really lose momentum and that is probably what is happening at the moment," she said. "We are a quality side and we just need to regroup and get up and about."

Marizanne Kapp started the Sixers' dominance early by claiming the wicket of Tahlia McGrath in the first over before Ellyse Perry managed the big wicket of Laura Wolvaardt.

Dubbo junior Emma Hughes, who was on debut for the Sixers on Sunday, took a stellar catch to push the day to push the Strikers to 3/49 after 10 overs.

Perry picked up two wickets within an over after the drinks break before Stafanie Taylor was bowled to leave the Strikers teetering on 6/56.

Hughes also took her the first wicket of her WBBL, dismissing Madeline Penna before a late effort from Tegan McPharlin and Megan Schutt pushed the final scoreline to 8/119 for the Strikers.

Alyssa Healy was dismissed early for five before Perry and Kapp were both sent back to the sheds during the same over.

Trouble began to build for the Sixers after the dismissal of Dane Van Niekerk, who walked off the field shaking her head in frustration. Things soon went bad to worse, with Megan Schutt dismissing Angela Reakes, Maddy Darke and Jodie Hicks in the same over to seal the victory for the Strikers.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Thunder were handed their third-consecutive defeat on Sunday morning against the Perth Scorchers, who managed to claim a 34 run victory.

Similar to the Sixers, the Perth now face a nervous wait to find out the status of Sophie Devine, who left the paddock during the match due to a suspected back injury.

Thunder young gun Hannah Darlington said Wednesday's Sydney derby was the "perfect game" to build up momentum.

"They're always a great opposition to find that bit of competitiveness and grit," she said.

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