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Bates' brilliance recognised

07 February 2018

Adelaide Strikers WBBL captain Suzie Bates has capped off an outstanding debut season in blue by finishing equal-fourth in the rebel WBBL|03 Player of the Tournament voting.

Bates led from the front on and off the field in guiding a young Strikers side to their maiden WBBL finals appearance.

The New Zealander finished the series as Adelaide’s leading runscorer with 434 – her best return in any WBBL season. Bates ranked fifth in the competition for total runs in WBBL|03.

She clocked her maiden WBBL century in the Strikers’ second game of the summer, smashing 102 off just 65 balls against the Hobart Hurricanes at Gliderol Stadium.

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An unbeaten 49 in searing heat in Alice Springs against the Perth Scorchers was another shining example of Bates’ incredible series with the bat.

She also proved to be a match-winner with the ball. Bates claimed seven wickets, but often took big scalps at key moments, none more so than the wicket of Lea Tahuhu with the final ball of the match in a heart-stopper against the Melbourne Renegades.

Strikers hold on in WBBL epic

Bates received 25 votes to finish equal-fourth in the WBBL Player of the Tournament award alongside last season’s winner Beth Mooney.

Renegades skipper Amy Satterthwaite claimed this summer’s title with 35 votes in her first season with the club.

Satterthwaite finished seven votes clear of Perth Scorchers captain Elyse Villani (28 votes) while Sydney Sixers skipper Ellyse Perry claimed third spot.

Votes were awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the two officiating umpires at the end of each match. Players can receive a maximum of six votes per game.

Renegades youngster Sophie Molineux claimed the rebel Young Gun award for the best player aged under 21 years old.

Amy Satterthwaite (Melbourne Renegades) - 35 votes
Elyse Villani (Perth Scorchers) - 28 votes
Ellyse Perry (Sydney Sixers) - 27 votes
. Beth Mooney (Brisbane Heat) - 25 votes
Suzie Bates (Adelaide Strikers) - 25 votes