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Double dose of Devine

22 September 2017

Star New Zealand international Sophie Devine has returned to South Australia to play for both the Adelaide Strikers and SA Scorpions this summer.

The allrounder has secured a new WBBL deal after her record-breaking season with the Strikers last year, and has arrived in Adelaide early to rejoin the Scorpions ahead of the Women’s National Cricket League season, starting on 6 October.

“I’m really excited to play both 50-over and Twenty20 formats through playing with both SA teams,” said Devine, who played four games for the Scorpions in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

“Obviously, the Scorpions have had some really good success in the last couple of years so I’m looking forward to getting back into it.

“It’s great to come back to Adelaide - it’s sort of a second home now which is really nice.”

Devine last season became the WBBL’s fastest ever century-maker, smashing and unbeaten 103 off just 48 balls for the Strikers against Hobart Hurricanes at Gliderol Stadium.

She scored 270 runs at an average of 38.57 in nine innings for the Strikers, missing three matches due to commitments with her domestic side, the Wellington Blaze.

In July, Devine became the first batter in women's one-day international history to hit nine sixes in an innings, when she made 93 off 41 balls against Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

Scorpions and Strikers Head Coach Andrea McCauley is excited to add even more depth to her Scorpions squad and to welcome Devine back for her third season with the Strikers.

“Soph will get more opportunity with the new ball in the 50-over format and she has some good pace so we can definitely utilise that,” McCauley said.

“Her batting is also very dynamic, whatever format she is playing in.

“She will boost our middle-order with not just her ability but her experience. She has played at the top level for a long time and is a fairly level-headed sort of character who has a calming influence on the group.

“Her knowledge will be absorbed by the young ones who haven’t worked with her before.”

The Scorpions open their WNCL season against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval No. 2 on Friday 6 October against WA, while the Adelaide Strikers’ WBBL campaign starts with two games against the Hobart Hurricanes at Gliderol Stadium on 9 and 10 December.


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