The Strikers’ WBBL team raised the bar this summer by qualifying for the finals for the first time.
It took a team effort across the board to lift the side up the WBBL ladder, but several players stood out with their performances with both bat and ball.
Strikers Media has crunched the numbers to take a closer look at some of the top MVP contenders ahead of SACA’s Neil Dansie Medal Night later this month.
Batting average: 31
Strike rate: 109.59
Highest score: 102
Bowling average: 34.28
Best figures: 2/6
Bates was inspirational in her first summer as a Striker.
The new captain was the barometer for the team and produced several match-winning performances.
The athletic New Zealander smashed her first WBBL ton in Adelaide’s early-season win over Hobart and claimed a clutch caught-and-bowled wicket on the final ball of the Strikers’ last-gasp victory over the Renegades. An unbeaten 49 in searing conditions against the Scorchers in Alice Springs was another example of Bates’ resilience and determination.
Bates ranked fifth in WBBL|03 for runs (434) and was one of only two players to hit a century during the tournament. She also claimed seven wickets and took 12 catches – ranked second in WBBL|03.
Batting average: 25.35
Strike rate: 117.54
Highest score: 70
Bowling average: 17.52
Best figures: 2/10
It was another strong WBBL season from big-hitting Striker Sophie Devine.
The reliable Kiwi finished as Adelaide’s equal-leading wicket-taker in WBBL|03 with 17 scalps for the season. Devine also showed her trademark power with the willow by blasting 17 sixes, ranked equal-second in WBBL|03, and was second only to skipper Bates for runs by a Striker (355) this summer.
The allrounder’s class and experience came to the fore in the Strikers’ incredible super over victory against the Thunder in Wagga Wagga, where she held her nerve with both bat and ball. She also crushed 70 runs from just 45 balls in a brave effort against eventual champions the Sydney Sixers in Sydney.
Devine remains one of the most popular and important leaders of Adelaide’s emerging WBBL squad.
Bowling average: 28.25
Best figures: 2/14
Adelaide’s reigning WBBL MVP enjoyed another impressive season.
Schutt claimed 12 wickets at 28.25 boasting an economy rate of just 5.74 – second only to seamer Katelyn Pope’s 5.71 in the squad for WBBL|03.
The premier fast bowler opened the bowling in every match and was regularly brought into the attack at key stages with the result hanging in the balance.
Schutt also showed her prowess with the bat, finishing the season with the highest strike rate (118) of any Striker to notch more than 50 runs. She made several important contributions in the lower-order and finished with 91 runs for the summer.
Batting average: 16.35
Strike rate: 106.01
Highest score: 44*
Bowling average: 19.30
Best figures: 3/17
Emerging allrounder McGrath continued her rise in WBBL|03.
Her impact with both bat and ball earned Player of the Match honours on several occasions. She starred in Adelaide’s crucial first win over the Scorchers in Alice Springs, taking incredible figures of 3/17, and was also best afield in the club’s thrilling one-run victory over the Renegades at Glenelg.
McGrath was a regular wicket-taker for the Strikers but remained an important contributor with the bat. Her best knock of 44* came in the Strikers’ close loss to the Sixers late in the season.
Bowling average: 20.88
Best figures: 3/9
Leg-spinner Wellington was one of the Strikers’ success stories of WBBL|03.
She claimed 17 scalps to finish as the club’s equal-leading wicket-taker, highlighted by an incredible 3/9 off four overs to quell the Hurricanes early in the summer.
One of the most promising young spin bowlers in the country, Wellington was relied upon during the middle overs to slow an opposition’s run rate or prise a key wicket. She succeeded on both accounts more often than not.
Wellington’s craft at the crease also continues to improve. She had a strong strike rate of 110 and was one of only four Strikers to hit a six on more than one occasion, contributing 52 runs from eight innings.