Strikers smash Sixers to go top in WBBL
Sarah Coyte starred with the ball and Sophie Devine the bat as the Strikers secured their maiden WBBL win over the Sixers to enhance their claims on top spot. Sophie Devine (46 not out) ensured the Strikers made light work of the Sixers' paltry 9-93, slashing the winning runs with 29 deliveries to spare on Saturday.
Sophie Devine hit 95 and took five wickets, while Suzie Bates took a screamer, as the Strikers toppled the Stars .
Sophie Devine stole the show first with the bat then the ball, as the Strikers won despite gallant knocks from Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee # WBBL 05.
Allrounder Sophie Devine has continued her stellar WBBL campaign, scoring her ninth half-century of the tournament to guide Adelaide into Sunday's final.
The New Zealand international, crowned player of the tournament earlier in the week, scored an unbeaten 65 at Allan Border Field on Saturday as the Strikers chased down a target of 127 with 11 balls to spare against Perth.
Sydney WBBL teams surrender proud record
The Sydney Sixers have beaten the high-flying Adelaide Heat but it was not enough to secure a WBBL semi-final berth.It's the first time in women's domestic cricket league history that a NSW team won't feature in the finals of a competition, dating back 22 years to the start of the Women's National Cricket League in 1996-97, the women's Twenty20 Cup (from 2009-10) and WBBL (from 2015-16).
Beth Mooney's unbeaten 77 took the Heat to an emphatic nine-wicket win over the Strikers in Mackay # WBBL 05.
Inspired by a superb unbeaten century from Sophie Devine , the Adelaide Strikers knocked off Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets in today’s WBBL clash.
It means the White Fern has scored 764 runs in the tournament and is within touching distance of Ellyse Perry's record of 777 runs from last year's tournament.
It's the first time the Strikers have made the WBBL final, where they'll face the winner of Saturday's other semi-final between Brisbane and Melbourne Renegades.
Sent in by the Strikers in hot and hazy conditions, the Scorchers made a disastrous start with Devine (2-23) snaring the prize wicket of Australian captain Meg Lanning (1) in the second over of the day.
Megan Schutt (2-14) then took two wickets in as many balls as the Scorchers slumped to 3-23.
An 88-run stand between Georgia Redmayne (51) and Jemma Barsby (31) lifted Perth to a defendable 7-126 off their 20 overs.
Needing early wickets to put pressure on Adelaide, the Scorchers made a perfect start when Strikers captain Suzie Bates was run out for one in the second over.
Devine and Tahlia McGrath (36) then combined in a solid 79-run partnership which took the game away from Perth.
McGrath was dropped twice in her knock, once by wicketkeeper Redmayne early in her innings and again on 19 when Nicole Bolton spilt a simple catch on the long-on boundary.
Devine also had her share of luck, surviving a caught-behind appeal in the opening over of the innings and being dropped by Bolton at a point when she was on 47.
Defeat for the Scorchers means despite making the finals four times in five years in the WBBL, they are yet to claim a title.
Brisbane Heat beat Adelaide Strikers by six wickets in WBBL final at Allan Border Field .
Playing in front of a sold-out home crowd in Brisbane, the Heat show why they are the dominant force in women's domestic T20 cricket with victory over the Strikers in the final.Heat opener Beth Mooney was a stand-out with the bat in front of a sell-out crowd, making an unbeaten 56 from 45 deliveries as the Heat successfully chased down the victory target of 162 with 11 balls to spare.