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Match Report: Strikers v Heat

15 November 2021

Adelaide Strikers have produced perhaps the most complete performance of their Weber WBBL|07 campaign to defeat Brisbane Heat by eight wickets in Mackay.

The triumph is the Strikers fourth in a row and nestles them comfortably inside the top four, with a game in hand over second placed Brisbane Heat and a near identical net run rate to third placed Perth Scorchers.

The Strikers now return to Adelaide ahead of a huge match-up against Perth Wednesday, with a chance to climb into the top two on the line in the prestigious Faith Thomas Trophy clash on Kaurna Land.

Katie Mack claimed second a Player of the Match nod in a week against Brisbane, making batting looking easy in an unbroken 88-run stand with skipper Tahlia McGrath in a canter to victory at Great Barrier Reef Arena.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Heat were unable to get the ball away against a strong Strikers bowling unit led by Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown. Utilising a remarkable seven bowlers in the opening 10 overs, Adelaide restricted Brisbane to just 43 runs in those first 60 deliveries while taking four wickets along the way.

Amanda-Jade Wellington was again sublime, taking two wickets before conceding a run, and her support from fellow spinners Dané van Niekerk and Jemma Barsby was outstanding. All three finished their spells with economy rates well below six, with Barsby keeping things particularly tight, claiming 1/8 from her three overs.

When 20 overs had elapsed, the Heat had compiled just 7/94 in a reflection of a stunning performance from the Strikers with ball in hand.

The job was only half done for the Strikers however, and when South African internationals van Niekerk and Laura Wolvaardt fell on consecutive deliveries early, the chase began to look a touch more daunting. Enter Mack and McGrath.

Batting with pure style, the duo took all of the tension out of the contest with a partnership that took no risks while continually advancing the score at a rapid rate. Finishing unbeaten on 54 and 31 respectively, it was another strong performance from two players in sparkling form of late, and a serious warning sign for the wider competition.

McGrath has now not been dismissed in three consecutive innings, while Mack has two unbeaten half-centuries from her last three outings to have both placed inside the top four for averages across the tournament to date.

The Strikers and Scorchers will face-off at Karen Rolton Oval on Wednesday, with tickets available now through the Adelaide Strikers website.