Latest WBBL Round Up Strikers: secure finals berth and Scorchers beat Sydney Sixers
Another spectacular Sophie Devine knock, plus an Amanda-Jade Wellington bowling clinic, has secured the Adelaide Strikers a place in the rebel WBBL|05 finals.
After the Strikers lost the toss and were sent in to bat at Blundstone Arena, Devine was formidable, striking 88 from 56 balls, only stumped in the final over attempting to go even bigger.
Devine's innings was her sixth half-century from the last seven innings and pushed her ahead of Beth Mooney (Brisbane Heat) for most runs this tournament with 593.
Tahlia McGrath compiled 32, while Katie Mack gathered a quick-fire 18 not out from 12 balls.
Chasing 162, the Sydney Thunder were off to a flyer with opener Rachel Priest thumping 48 from just 20 balls, before Amanda-Jade Wellington (3/17) got the breakthrough, thanks to a brilliant running catch from Devine.
The Strikers bowled and fielded well after Priest's dismissal to lower the run-rate, however the Thunder needed 14 from the final over to win.
Last-over specialist Sarah Coyte bowled the 20th and after she conceded two boundaries early on, suddenly the Thunder needed just one from the final ball.
With the pressure on, Coyte trapped Nida Dar lbw on the final delivery, tying the match and taking it to a super over.
Wellington bowled the super over effectively, with the Thunder finishing on 1/7.
It took Devine just three balls to seal victory with the bat for the Strikers with a four, a two and a single.
The Strikers sit second on the ladder with two minor round matches remaining.
The team will take on the Sydney Sixers next weekend at Hurstville Oval from 1:30pm ACDT. The match can be live-streamed on cricket.com.au, the CA Live app and Kayo.
Perth Scorchers secure 2nd straight victory at Lilac Hill beating Sydney Sixers by 8 wickets
The Perth Scorchers have secured their second straight victory at Lilac Hill, smashing the Sydney Sixers by eight wickets thanks to a superb 81-run innings by skipper Meg Lanning.
Lanning (81 off 50) was a force to be reckoned with, smacking the boundary 11 times, including two impressive sixes for the fans to claim Player of the Match honours.
The home side got off to a flying start at the community ground, winning the toss and electing to bowl. Nat Sciver (1-35) taking the massive wicket of Sixers skipper Alyssa Healy on the very first ball of the day.
Scorchers spirits were at an all-time high, but it wasn’t long until Sixers’ Ashleigh Gardner made her presence known, knocking four fours and two sixes in the powerplay to lead the visitors to 1-47.
Sam Betts wouldn’t have a bar of it, taking the big wicket of Gardner (54) in her first over of the match before sending Marizanne Kapp (3) to the sheds to finish with figures of 2-20 from three overs.
Nicole Bolton was also one to watch with the two epic run outs of Lauren Smith (1) and Hollie Armitage (24).
Chasing a target of 164, Lanning and Amy Jones (41) did what they do best, putting on a dominant opening 104-run partnership, their fourth 100-run effort for the 2019 WBBL season.
Scorchers’ Nat Sciver stepped up after Jones was dismissed and finished it off for the side, making 39 not out to secure the eight-wicket win with four balls remaining.
Jones said today’s win rounds off a very strong second half of the season for the side.
“The partnership between Meg and I seems to be going really well. We enjoy batting together, we hit in different areas and we have been really good at picking up where the other one has been struggling,” she said.
“The Sixers have some world-class bowlers, we didn’t want to force anything too early. It’s a great wicket out here and we had faith we could catch up and sure enough Meg found the boundary with ease today.
“The squad is really happy at the moment, having a few wins in the second half of the season is great and to beat the Sixers twice is a fantastic effort as they are a really good side.
“We have shown as a side we have got some real depth and lots of players stepping up, which should put us in good stead come finals if we qualify.”
The Scorchers also won in the dog department, smashing their record with 25 pooches at today’s match which attracted a crowd of 2,435.
The Scorchers now turn their focus to next weekend when they return to Lilac Hill take on the Hobart Hurricanes.
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