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The Strikers were dominant with the ball against the Hurricanes following a big-hitting innings from Maddie Penna

Match Reports: Strikers v Hurricanes

17 November 2020

The Adelaide Strikers have claimed a vital victory over Hobart Hurricanes thanks to a big-hitting innings from allrounder Maddie Penna and another scintillating performance with the ball.

Coming to the crease with the score 5/65 and just eight overs remaining, Penna calmly constructed her innings before unleashing in the final stanza. Smashing 24 from the last six balls, Penna crunched her maiden half-century of WBBL|06 to help the Strikers set the Hurricanes 142 for victory.

Skipper Megan Schutt then weaved her magic with the ball, not giving up a run until the 12th delivery of her opening spell to give her side the start they needed. Sarah Coyte then did the damage, claiming three wickets for the loss of just 10 runs. Following their lead, there was no weak link in the Strikers attack, keeping the run-rate low all innings to claim a 64-run triumph.

Hobart won the toss in Hurstville and asked the Strikers to bat first beneath overcast Sydney skies, and it seemed to be a solid decision from the outset. Adelaide lost both openers early, and when internationals Laura Wolvaardt and Staf Taylor were dismissed after promising starts, a ripple of concern pulsed through the Strikers camp.

They need not worry however, because Maddie Penna was about to make her mark on the competition. Finding the rope six times, and clearing it twice, Penna showed both power and skill on her way to 56* from 33 deliveries, a strike-rate of 169.7. Supported at the other end by Tegan McPharlin with 18* (12), Penna dragged Adelaide to 6/141, a total that had looked impossible just a few overs previously.  

The Hurricanes never got going in their run chase, with the Strikers bowling unit forming an airtight seal that refused to leak runs. Schutt opened the innings with a maiden, and from there, Hobart were never able to get their scoring rate high enough to challenge.

Sarah Coyte continued her brilliant WBBL|06 campaign with figures of 3/14 and a run-out, yet another strong contribution from the veteran. It has been a true allround performance from Coyte this season that had included stunning efforts in the field, wickets with the ball and runs with the bat.

Brown, McGrath, Coyte, Wellington and Taylor all took wickets for the Strikers, while Schutt's remarkable economy rate of 2.6 follows her figures of 3/7 in the Strikers most recent fixture. 

The critical win keeps the Strikers in touch with the top four and their finals hopes well and truly alive, but they have just one day to enjoy the victory, with Melbourne Renegades awaiting them tomorrow for another must-win clash. First ball is scheduled for 2pm ACDT and fans can follow live via Fox Cricket or the Match Centre on cricket.com.au.