WBBL Player of the Tournament & Inaugural Team of the Tournament Announced
Adelaide Strikers’ all-rounder Sophie Devine has been named the rebel WBBL|05 Player of the Tournament after producing a stellar season with both bat and ball.
Devine scored the most runs in the competition with 699 at an average of 77.66 while also claiming 16 wickets at 20.25; the New Zealand international is within striking distance of Ellyse Perry’s record of 777 runs in a season with the Strikers to feature in this year’s Finals Weekend.
Her power hitting was on show for much of the season with the opener hammering 28 sixes, nine more than the Melbourne Stars’ Lizelle Lee.
Devine polled votes in 12 of the 14 matches she played, finishing 13 votes clear of Brisbane Heat star Beth Mooney (35 votes) and Melbourne Renegade Danielle Wyatt (33).
Votes are awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the standing umpires at the end of each match meaning a player can receive up to six votes per match.
The top five rebel WBBL|05 vote getters are:
1. Sophie Devine (Adelaide Strikers) – 48 votes
2. Beth Mooney (Brisbane Heat) – 35 votes
3. Danielle Wyatt (Melbourne Renegades) – 33 vote
4. Jess Duffin (Melbourne Renegades) – 31 votes
Meg Lanning (Perth Scorchers) – 31 votes
Ellyse Perry (Sydney Sixers) – 31 votes
5. Jessica Jonassen (Brisbane Heat) – 27 votes
The first official rebel WBBL Team of the Tournament has also been revealed ahead of the upcoming Finals Weekend in Brisbane.
Melbourne Renegades skipper Jess Duffin has been named as captain of the side, with players featuring from six of the eight WBBL clubs. As per the WBBL playing conditions, no more than three internationals have been named.
1. Beth Mooney (Brisbane Heat)
2. Sophie Devine (Adelaide Strikers)
3. Danielle Wyatt (Melbourne Renegades)
4. Meg Lanning (Perth Scorchers)
5. Ellyse Perry (Sydney Sixers)
6. Jess Duffin (Melbourne Renegades)
7. Jess Jonassen (Brisbane Heat)
8. Marizanne Kapp (Sydney Sixers)
9. Molly Strano (Melbourne Renegades)
10. Megan Schutt (Adelaide Strikers)
11. Belinda Vakarewa (Hobart Hurricanes)
Coach: Ashley Noffke (Brisbane Heat)
The selection panel was made up of Head of Big Bash Leagues Alistair Dobson, Australia Women’s Team Head Coach Matthew Mott, former Australian Captain Belinda Clark, former players Lisa Sthalekar (Seven Network) and Mel Jones (Fox Cricket), ABC commentator Alister Nicholson and cricket.com.au journalist Laura Jolly.
Tickets to the rebel WBBL|05 Finals Weekend are now on sale. For the first time fans are able to purchase a weekend pass that will gain entry to both the Semi-Finals and Final, while entry for kids is free^.
The WBBL has partnered with Australian Red Cross to raise funds and awareness during the rebel WBBL|05 Finals Weekend for Australians impacted by this year’s disasters, including the recent bushfires.
Over the Finals Weekend in Brisbane, volunteers will be fundraising for Australian Red Cross at the ground while the League will supply 25 family passes to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Department.
Adelaide Strikers' all-rounder Sophie Devine will also use her 'zinc challenge' to raise money for the Red Cross. This season Devine has donned blue zinc and challenged members of the opposing team to do the same, donating $100 to the charity of her rivals' choice on each occasion.
People who can’t make it to the match can donate to Australian Red Cross’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund at: https://www.redcross.org.au/WBBL
Pricing for the Finals Weekend is as follows:
Kids: Free (ticket redemption required)^
^Kids 15 years and under at date of match. Kids will still need a valid match ticket. Book free kids’ tickets with yours.
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