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Devine wins third Strikers MVP

02 April 2020

Sophie Devine is now a three-time Strikers WBBL MVP winner

Sophie Devine has been named the Adelaide Strikers’ rebel WBBL Most Valuable Player for a third consecutive season following her record-breaking WBBL|05 campaign.

Crowned the winner during SACA’s online Dansie McCauley Medal night, WBBL|05 Player of the Tournament Devine smashed a League-high and club season record of 769 runs at an average of 76.90 – the highest of any player to play more than 10 matches.

The powerful New Zealander extended her lead as the WBBL’s all-time top six-hitter with another 29 this season, while also becoming the first Striker – female or male – to surpass 2000 Big Bash runs.

The best of Devine's WBBL|05

The allrounder also claimed 19 wickets, ranked equal-first at the club this season, and won six Player of the Match awards from Adelaide’s 16 games.

Devine finished equal-fourth in the league for wickets at a respectable economy rate of 6.77 – ranked third at the club.

She capped off her stunning season by claiming the equal-most outfield catches (10) of any player, sharing the record with teammate Bridget Patterson.

In a pre-recorded acceptance message, Devine was equally humbled and grateful for the player-voted accolade.

“I just want to say a massive thank you for the award and it’s obviously a huge honour to win the MVP,” Devine said.

“I know that it’s about a lot more than me, not only my teammates out on the field but the coaching and support staff that do everything behind the scenes and even bigger than that, it’s everyone at the Adelaide Strikers and SACA that make being a part of this team so special.”

Devine's special message

Devine has now won the last three Strikers WBBL MVP titles, with Megan Schutt (WBBL|02) and former Strikers import Sarah Taylor (WBBL|01) the club’s only other previous winners.