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Strikers upset Perth in Red Centre

12 January 2019

Scorchers' bid for a semi-final berth dashed as the Strikers take the points in Alice Springs

The Adelaide Strikers briefly kept their Rebel WBBL finals hopes alive by cruising to a clinical 30-run win over the Perth Scorchers despite oppressive heat in Alice Springs.

With the mercury sailing past 40 deg at Albrecht Oval, New Zealand allrounder Sophie Devine continued her rich vein of red-hot form with a match-winning 59 off 48 deliveries to underpin the Strikers' 7-138.

In reply the Scorchers were bowled out for 108.

Devine knock lights up the Alice

It meant the Strikers' finals campaign remained alive, but their hopes were short-lived, with the Renegades claiming a victory over the Hurricanes in Melbourne just two hours later to seal the final top-four position.

Bridget Patterson returned to form by whacking three sixes in her 32 to provide invaluable support for Devine after captain Suzie Bates chimed in with 22 at the top of the order.

Outstanding allrounder Heather Graham (2-25) extended her lead as this season's top WBBL wicket-taker while Kate Cross, despite not picking up a wicket, was arguably the pick of the attack.

The England seamer conceded just 13 off her four overs and strangled the Strikers during the powerplay and the death to give Perth a fighting chance.

But the Scorchers found themselves in early trouble when in-form skipper Meg Lanning, who had posted four 70-plus scores in her previous five knocks, chipped Megan Schutt (2-21) to a diving Bates at cover in the opening over.

Hazell holds brilliant return catch

After starring with the bat, Devine then struck with her first ball, knocking over the dangerous Villani (13), who never quite looked right in her comeback from a hamstring strain.

The Scorchers looked gone at 5-59 when Graham departed cheaply before Lauren Ebsary threatened to produce a late twist.

The ex-Striker hit a breezy 38 but she lacked any support and eventually holed out to Tabitha Saville off experienced English spinner Danielle Hazell (3-20).

Sarah Coyte (3-20) mopped up the tail to help the rejuvenated Strikers extend their winning streak to three and move within one point of the fifth-placed Scorchers. 


League Ladder

Last 5
P
Pts
1
SIXERS
14
20
2
THUNDER
14
19
3
HEAT
14
18
4
RENEGADES
14
15
5
SCORCHERS
14
14
6
STRIKERS
14
11
7
STARS
14
11
8
HURRICANES
14
4

Batting

Most Runs

Ellyse Perry

777


Sophie Devine

556


Beth Mooney

486


Alyssa Healy

445


Suzie Bates

421


Bowling

Most Wickets

Heather Graham

22


Delissa Kimmince

22


Sammy-Jo Johnson

20


Marizanne Kapp

20


Stafanie Taylor

19




Filed Under

Adelaide Strikers Women

Perth Scorchers Women

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