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Match Report: Strikers v Scorchers

31 October 2021

Adelaide Strikers have recorded a second loss of Weber WBBL|07, becoming the latest victims in Perth Scorchers opening batter Sophie Devine’s stunning super over spree.

The Strikers and Scorchers were unable to determine a victor from the scheduled 20 overs a side, instead locking the scoreboard at 121 to send the game into a single over decider at Lilac Hill. Given first crack, the Strikers duo of Tahlia McGrath and Laura Wolvaardt managed just nine from six balls delivered by South African international Marizanne Kapp. Sophie Devine then strode to the crease for the home side and added to the lore surrounding her remarkable super over achievements.

It took the New Zealand star, and former Striker, just two balls to amass the required runs, with both deliveries sailing over the rope to secure victory in front of an excited home crowd.

The game begun with a flip triumph to the Scorchers that saw them elect to bat, and it was slow going from the outset thanks to tight bowling from the returning Megan Schutt and in-form Darcie Brown. Perth found several handy contributions throughout the order however, with Devine, Beth Mooney, Chamari Athapaththu and Heather Graham all passing 20 with strong strike-rates to post a defendable total.

Leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington starred for the Strikers, conceding just 12 runs while collecting the prized wickets of Mooney and Athapaththu from her full allotment of overs.

In response, the Strikers we unable to form the required partnership until the back end of the innings, when Tegan McPharlin and Sarah Coyte joined forces. Until then, the visitors lost too many wickets at crucial times and in doing so steadily felt the pressure grow as the death overs loomed.

Four overs remained when Coyte strode to meet McPharlin with the scoreboard showing 7/88, and the task was looking increasingly difficult. Both were brilliant when called upon, finding a way to reach the boundaries at just the right moments during what appeared to be a perfectly timed run.

With nine needed from the final over, an over also bowled by Kapp, McPharlin found the fence on the second delivery to have the Strikers in prime position, but when Coyte was run out on the final ball of the innings, the contest was destined for a do-or-die super over finish.

The Strikers have another chance to tally a triumph less than 24 hours later, facing off against the Melbourne Renegades at the same venue on Sunday morning. The two sides have already met this season, with the Strikers emerging victorious from the meeting at Blundstone Arena earlier in the tournament.