Fifth Consecutive Sophie Devine Half-century Clinches Win
Another dominant performance from allrounder Sophie Devine has secured a third straight win for the Adelaide Strikers.
Devine struck her fifth consecutive 50 on Wednesday after becoming the first woman to compile four rebel WBBL half-centuries on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, captain Suzie Bates lost the toss at North Dalton Park, Wollongong, with the Sydney Thunder electing to bat first.
The Thunder struggled to find gaps and tight fielding from the visiting side made it difficult for them to gain momentum with the bat.
Rachel Haynes top-scored with 33 not out, however the Thunder reached just 4/112 in their 20 overs.
A team effort with the ball saw one wicket each to Devine, Tahlia McGrath, Sarah Coyte and Amanda-Jade Wellington, while Megan Schutt remained economical as ever (0/15 from four overs).
In reply, Bates and Devine put on 53 runs before the former lost her wicket for 22.
Single digit scores followed for McGrath, Lauren Winfield and Bridget Patterson however Devine's unbeaten 62 was enough to get the Strikers over the line in the final over.
With seven wins and three losses, the Strikers remain in second place on the WBBL ladder, behind the Brisbane Heat who have played one more match.
The team will travel to Hobart next to take on the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday from 6:40pm ACDT. The Strikers will then be back on the park Sunday morning to take on the Sydney Thunder again on from 10am ACDT.
Saturday night's match can be watched live on 7 Mate and Fox Cricket, while Sunday's match will be live-streamed on cricket.com.au, the CA Live app and Kayo,