Tegan McPharlin was the hero with the bat for the Strikers, belting an unbeaten 41 from 26 deliveries after coming in with the score reading a concerning 6/56. Her remarkable effort got Adelaide to 8/119 from their 20 overs, enough to demand a run-a-ball performance from the Sixers in their reply.
Taking over the captaincy again in the absence of Suzie Bates, Megan Schutt was sublime with the ball for the Strikers, collecting the incredible figures of 3/7 from her spell, including the vital wicket of Alyssa Healy for just five. Amanda-Jade Wellington did her best to match the captain, finishing with 1/11 from four overs, playing a pivotal role in getting the Sixers on the back foot.
The day began with the Strikers losing the flip and being sent in, where they struggled to get going with the bat. McPharlin’s late cameo, however, served to nullify a fantastic three-wicket masterclass from international star Elyse Perry.
The Sixers pace trio of Perry, Kapp and Campbell got the game on their terms early, but Katie Mack didn’t let the fall of wickets curb her aggressive attitude, instead flaying boundaries to all corners in an effort to swing the momentum. Her 29 (22) at the top of the order was crucial to the Strikers success at Drummoyne Oval.
Perry claimed the wickets of Wolvaardt, Patterson and Wellington to get her side on top, but it was a team effort from the Sixers, with all six bowlers claiming at least one wicket. They would have been feeling confident in chasing 120, but a determined outing in the field from the Strikers proved to be enough to claim a much-needed win.
Needing everything to go right with the ball, it was a disappointing start for the Strikers as Sarah Coyte dropped a chance she should have taken from the bat of Healy in the opening over. Thankfully for Adelaide however, Schutt would then get Healy in her next over, ensuring their punishment for the dropped catch would be just five runs.
Perry and Kapp then combined to add 35 for the second wicket, before the 11th over, sent down by Coyte, turned the tide irrevocably the Strikers way. Perry was the first to fall, bowled by a pearler that clipped the bails after beating the bat. Two balls later, Kapp then took on the arm of Mack in the deep and lived to regret it, run out in combination with quick glovework from McPharlin behind the stumps.
Wellington then went to work with the ball, giving up just 11 runs from the 24 deliveries she produced. It was a spell that put the Strikers on top in the contest, and when Schutt took a wicket from the first ball of her final over, the 17th of the innings, it seemed a bridge too far for the Sixers. Schutt's figures of 3/7, in addition to fine work on the boundary from Mack ending in two run-outs, made it impossible for the Sixers to recover and they fell 15 runs short as the game drew to a close.
Adelaide now turns their attention to a Tuesday morning showdown with the Hobart Hurricanes in Hurstville. The two sides met on the opening weekend of WBBL|06, with the Strikers claiming a rain-affected victory amidst the heavy downpours that greeted the competition. With both teams currently sitting outside the all-important top four, Tuesday’s clash is a must-win, something sure to be reflected by a fierce battle on-field.