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Strikers WBBL MVP contenders

04 March 2019

Sophie Devine had a strong summer for the Strikers

Who was the Strikers' Most Valuable Player of rebel WBBL|04?

While it was a challenging season for the side, several players stood out with their individual brilliance with both bat and ball.

Take a closer look at some of the leading contenders below before the Strikers’ WBBL|04 Most Valuable Player is officially crowned later this month.

SOPHIE DEVINE
Matches: 13
Runs: 556
Batting average: 46.3
Strike rate: 136.6
Highest score: 99*
Wickets: 14
Bowling average: 21.71
Economy: 8.85
Best figures: 5/41

Sophie Devine's five-wicket haul

The hot favourite to win back-to-back MVP titles, Devine was at her brutal best in WBBL|04.

The top six-hitter in WBBL history, Devine led the League again with 19 maximums and became the first Striker – male or female – to notch 1000 career Big Bash runs for Adelaide.

The hard-hitting Kiwi was second for runs through the home and away season with 556, ranking behind only Sydney Sixers skipper Ellyse Perry for the series. Devine also hit the three biggest individual scores by a Striker this summer with totals of 99*, 95 and 89.

The top six-hitter in WBBL history, Devine led the League again with 19 maximums and became the first Striker – male or female – to notch 1000 career Big Bash runs for Adelaide.

She was just as devastating with the ball. Devine claimed a club-high 14 wickets in WBBL|04 highlighted by a match-winning five-wicket haul against the Stars which was the only five-fa of the tournament.

SUZIE BATES
Matches: 14
Runs: 421
Batting average: 35.08
Strike rate: 112.26
Highest score: 79*

Suzie Bates claims incredible catch

The captain led from the front at the top of the order for the Strikers.

Bates scored over 400 runs for the second consecutive season and was the fifth-biggest runscorer of WBBL|04, boasting a respectable average of 35.

An unbeaten 79 against the Thunder in Hobart showcased her talent and determination where she earned Player of the Match honours despite defeat.

She played every match and regularly brought out the best in her teammates through her clever captaincy and strong leadership on and off the pitch.

She also showed her athleticism in the field with a club-high seven catches, including one of the catches of the summer to dismiss the dangerous Mignon du Preez against the Stars at Adelaide Oval.

MEGAN SCHUTT
Matches: 14
Wickets: 13
Bowling average: 24.38
Economy: 6.46
Best figures: 3/21
Runs: 66
Batting average: 9.42
Strike rate: 108.19
Highest score: 16*

The Australian pace ace was once again a weapon with the ball for the Strikers.

Schutt played every match and claimed 13 wickets, ranked second at the club behind Devine, and took multiple wickets in four matches including season-best figures of 3/21 in Adelaide’s 24-run win over Hobart at Karen Rolton Oval.

Her bowling economy of 6.46 was also among the best in the competition. Schutt’s overs often came in clutch periods early in the powerplay or late in the opposition’s innings further underlining her incredible economy rate.

An asset in the field, Schutt claimed six catches – second only to Bates at the club – and also contributed with the bat in several cameo innings, scoring 66 runs at a strike rate beyond 100.

TAHLIA MCGRATH
Matches: 14
Runs: 276
Batting average: 19.71
Strike rate: 126.02
Highest score: 65
Wickets: 5
Bowling average: 45
Economy: 8.49
Best figures: 2/15

Tahlia McGrath goes big against 'Canes

McGrath showcased her versatility and continued to develop her game in WBBL|04.

The young allrounder finished the summer with a flurry, clocking back-to-back half-centuries against Hobart to back up a defiant 45 against the Sydney Sixers on New Year’s Eve in the second half of the season.

McGrath was named Player of the Match for her impressive 65 from just 39 balls at first-drop against the Hurricanes, which featured a staggering 13 boundaries.

She continued to play at her aggressive best throughout WBBL|04. McGrath’s strike rate of 126.02 was second only to Devine of Strikers batters to face more than 20 deliveries. She was also trusted to open the batting in Devine’s absence as a mark of her growing maturity and improvement as a player.

McGrath chipped in with the ball too, taking five wickets including best figures of 2/15 against the Stars at Adelaide Oval.

SARAH COYTE
Matches: 14
Wickets: 9
Bowling average: 35.55
Economy: 7.19
Best figures: 3/20

Coyte was arguably the Strikers’ most consistent and reliable bowler.

She settled in seamlessly in her return to Adelaide with nine wickets and a handy economy rate of 7.19, often bowling important overs at either end of the innings.

Coyte’s accuracy and deft change of pace meant she was rarely taken to the boundary. Her best figures of 3/20 against the Scorchers in Alice Springs also showed her ability to suddenly flip a match on its head.

A popular member of the squad, Coyte’s experience and guidance for her younger teammates proved invaluable as the season wore on.

BRIDGET PATTERSON
Matches: 14
Runs: 204
Batting average: 18.54
Strike rate: 100
Highest score: 51*

Patterson's screamer at full stretch

Patterson pieced together perhaps her strongest WBBL season for the Strikers.

The explosive right-hander played her role to perfection and passed 200 runs for the second season in a row at a strike rate right on 100.

She added valuable runs through the team’s middle order and smashed a career-best 51* - her first WBBL half-century - against the Stars at Adelaide Oval.

Patterson’s worth to the team was also on display when she took the gloves in the absence of regular ‘keeper Tegan McPharlin for the Strikers’ clash with the Heat in Mackay. She claimed two catches, including a one-handed screamer at full stretch to dismiss Jemma Barsby.