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Devine, Wellington lead charge in practice match win

10 October 2019

Sophie Devine on her way to an unbeaten 53 on Thursday.

A Sophie Devine half-century and three wickets from Amanda-Jade Wellington set the Adelaide Strikers up for a win in their first pre-season hitout on Thursday.

Playing against an ICC Global Development Squad, Strikers captain Suzie Bates won the toss and elected to bat first, with Devine and Bates putting on a 56-run opening stand before the latter was caught for 36.

Devine looked at ease at the crease, collecting six fours and two sixes on her way to 53 from just 34 balls, before retiring not out.

Bridget Patterson (30) and Tahlia McGrath (18) provided solid support, leading the Strikers to 5/160 after 20 overs.

The Strikers bowlers restricted the ICC team to just 6/103, with Alex Price (1/20) making the first breakthrough with the ball.

Wellington was particularly effective in the attack, taking 3/13 from four overs, while uncapped Ellie Falconer collected an impressive 2/17.

The Strikers will return to Beaumaris College in Melbourne on Friday, hoping to clinch a second win against the ICC side.

The rebel WBBL tournament begins next weekend, with the Strikers playing on 19 and 20 October at Karen Rolton Oval. Entry is free.