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Darcie Brown was sensational in her WBBL debut, taking 3/13 against the Hurricanes.

Match Report: Strikers v Hurricanes

25 October 2020

The Adelaide Strikers have begun their rebel WBBL|06 campaign with a dominant victory over Hobart Hurricanes at Hurstville Oval in Sydney.

Built on the foundation of a remarkable start with the ball, each player executed their role in the perfect beginning to an action-packed schedule of WBBL cricket, all set to be played in NSW.

Skipper Megan Schutt got the game underway, sending down a wide with her first delivery. That would be the only moment the Hurricanes found themselves ahead in the game, with Schutt then rattling the stumps with the next two deliveries to have Hobart 2/1.

Debutante Darcie Brown then wasted no time making an impact on the WBBL stage, snaring the crucial wicket of Nicola Carey in her first over to see the scoreboard displaying 3/7.

From there, the Strikers were unstoppable, running through the Hurricanes line-up with a dazzling mixture of swing and spin. With five bowlers forcing their way into the wicket column, there was no respite for Hobart as their final wicket fell with 84 runs on the board.

Schutt finished with figures of 2/14 from three overs, while Darcie Brown was superb on her way to 3/13 from four and Amanda-Jade Wellington spun a masterclass to record 3/19 from 3.3 overs.

Maddie Penna, in her first game in blue after crossing from the Stars, required just one over to impose herself on the game, taking the wicket of Corinne Hall to begin her Strikers tenure on a successful note.

Despite the loss of Annie O’Neil early, Adelaide passed the required total at pace thanks to South African international Laura Wolvaardt, who was electric with the bat.

McGrath provided fantastic support to the first-time Striker before falling to Chloe Tryon for 18 (24), leaving Bridget Patterson to join Wolvaardt and chase down the remaining runs. Wolvaardt left Hurstville Oval unbeaten on 51; a player of the match performance, her highest WBBL score and a statement of intent for the season ahead.

The Strikers will be delighted in the strong team showing for many reasons, not least of all the fact that all three debutantes in blue showed they will bring plenty to the team as they look to go one better in 2020.

There is no time to bask in the first-up victory however, with a star-studded Sydney Sixers team awaiting them tomorrow afternoon at North Sydney Oval from 2pm. Fans will again be able to follow live, with the game to be streamed through and Kayo.