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Match Report: Strikers v Sixers

12 November 2021

Katie Mack has led Adelaide to a commanding win over Sydney Sixers at Karen Rolton Oval, with the win rocketing the Strikers back into the top four.

The opening batter was far from alone in her stunning performance, with international Laura Wolvaardt and skipper Tahlia McGrath also shining with bat in hand, but it was Mack’s unbeaten 67 from 55 deliveries that proved the difference as the Strikers chased down 142 in front of a vocal home crowd.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the visiting Sixers started strong with stars Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy scoring north of a run-a-ball from the outset, but when Dané van Niekerk took a chance to run out Perry, the Strikers were right in the contest.

Teenage phenomenon Darcie Brown then turned on the jets, taking the back-to-back wickets of Healy and Ash Gardner to have the visitors reeling at 3/38. Nicole Bolton and Shafali Verma combined for a brilliant partnership to post a competitive total from their 20 overs, with Verma in particularly fine form, finishing with 53* from 43 deliveries headlined by seven boundaries.

Mack then went on the attack from ball one of the chase, cracking some glorious drives to the boundary in her finest knock of the tournament to date. The Sixers utilised seven different bowlers during the innings, but none were able to remove the determined right-hander as she tore the game from their grasp.

Wolvaardt, who’s stroke play has looked crisper in each outing since landing in Adelaide, played a vital role with 33 from 27 in support of Mack, finding the boundary with ease before departing to be replaced by the captain.

McGrath relished her time in the middle, amassing 40 runs in quick time to seal the victory, including a massive six straight down the ground to finish the game. The first-year skipper, celebrating her 26th birthday, punished every mistake by the Sixers bowling unit in an ominous warning to the competition that she is still in the form of her life.

Player of the Match honours deservedly went to Mack for her heroics with the blade, but Strikers Head Coach Luke Williams would be thrilled with the team effort in all facets of the game across both games of the double-header this week.

The Strikers now take off for Mackay where another double-header awaits to finish of the week, with Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat the next opponents in waiting. Saturday’s clash begins at 3.10pm ACDT time, with fans able to follow every ball live on Channel Seven, ABC Sport, Foxtel and Kayo Sport.