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Strikers WBBL|05 MVP contenders

27 February 2020

Who will be the Strikers' WBBL|05 MVP?

Who was Adelaide’s Most Valuable Player of rebel WBBL|05?

We cast an eye over the leading contenders before the winner is unveiled at this summer’s Dansie-McCauley Medal night in early April.

 

SOPHIE DEVINE
Matches: 16
Runs: 769
Batting average: 76.9
Strike rate: 130.33
Highest score: 88
Wickets: 19
Bowling average: 20.68
Economy: 6.77
Best figures: 3/13

Devine smacks five consecutive sixes to sink Stars

Sophie Devine is rightfully the hot favourite to claim an unprecedented third consecutive Strikers MVP award.

Crowned WBBL|05 Player of the Tournament and a unanimous selection in the WBBL|05 Team of the Tournament, Devine was devastating with both bat and ball.

She topped the competition for runs (769) at an incredible average of 77 and smashed more sixes (29) than anyone else in the tournament. Devine’s blistering form with the bat included a WBBL record five consecutive half-centuries on her way to becoming the first Striker – male or female – to notch 2000 career Big Bash runs.

The Kiwi was equal-fourth in the league for wickets with 19 at a respectable economy rate of 6.77 – ranked third at the club.

She capped off her stunning season by claiming the equal-most outfield catches (10) of any player, sharing the record with teammate Bridget Patterson.

Devine earned a staggering six Player of the Match awards from 16 outings in WBBL|05 and will be hard to top for yet another MVP title.

 

MEGAN SCHUTT
Matches: 16
Wickets: 15
Bowling average: 23.53
Economy: 5.60
Best figures: 2/12

Adelaide’s WBBL|02 MVP, Megan Schutt, produced arguably her most consistent season to-date.

Selected in the WBBL Team of the Tournament for the first time, Schutt finished the season with the best bowling economy in the competition by a comfortable margin and was one of only four bowlers to concede less than a run a ball.

Her 15 wickets marked a career-best return in any WBBL series as she became the first Striker to notch 50 WBBL scalps, now sharing the all-time club WBBL wickets record (63) with spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington.

Schutt was again regularly entrusted with opening the bowling and closing out the innings for Adelaide and delivered three maidens through the tournament, matched only by Sydney Sixers import Marizanne Kapp.

A genuine leader amongst the squad, Schutt’s international experience proved invaluable in WBBL|05 on and off the pitch.

 

SARAH COYTE
Matches: 16
Wickets: 19
Bowling average: 21.26
Economy: 6.94
Best figures: 3/9

Coyte bowls Armitage with a beauty

Medium-pace bowler Sarah Coyte was a valuable contributor for the Strikers all season.

She was Adelaide’s equal-leading wicket-taker with 19 scalps at a solid economy rate just under seven runs per over.

The former Australian representative took at least one wicket in 13 of Adelaide’s 16 games such was her consistency.

Coyte’s 3/9, including a maiden, in Adelaide’s breakthrough win over the Sixers in Hurstville earned her Player of the Match honours while figures of 3/18 against the Perth Scorchers at Allan Border Field also illustrated her match-winning capabilities.

She was Player of the Match again courtesy of a quickfire 24 runs at an eye-catching strike rate of 184.62 followed by 1/28 with the ball in the Strikers’ thrilling win over the Hobart Hurricanes at AB Field.

 

BRIDGET PATTERSON
Matches: 16
Runs: 319
Batting average: 26.58
Strike rate: 117.71
Highest score: 60

Patterson's unbeaten innings in Mackay

Bridget Patterson was one of the most improved players in the competition in WBBL|05.

The powerful batter produced several crucial innings in the middle order for Adelaide, compiling a personal-best 319 runs at a healthy strike rate of 117.71 – second only to Sophie Devine of Strikers with more than 105 runs.

Patterson struck two important half-centuries and finished unbeaten at the crease twice, including in a superb 57-run stand against eventual Champions the Brisbane Heat in Mackay to guide Adelaide to a memorable victory.

She was as reliable as ever in the field too, claiming a tournament-high 10 catches alongside fellow Striker Devine.

 

SUZIE BATES
Matches: 16
Runs: 325
Batting average: 21.66
Strike rate: 99.38
Highest score: 64
Wickets: 7
Bowling average: 28.42
Economy: 7.60
Best figures: 2/14

Bates leads from the front against Hobart

The skipper continued to perform at a high level for the Strikers in WBBL|05.

Suzie Bates was Adelaide’s third-highest runscorer with two half-centuries to her name for the season, working well as an opening partner to Devine.

She also returned to bowling after carrying niggling injuries through WBBL|04 and nabbed a handy seven wickets in short spells through the tournament.

The Kiwi was twice named Player of the Match, with her 64 from 54 against the Hurricanes in Hobart securing a thrilling two-run victory leading into WBBL finals.

A natural leader and experienced captain, Bates brought out the best in her teammates in guiding the club to its maiden WBBL Final.

 

TAHLIA MCGRATH
Matches: 16
Runs: 327
Batting average: 23.35
Strike rate: 106.86
Highest score: 65*
Wickets: 14
Bowling average: 22.85
Economy: 6.66
Best figures: 2/19

McGrath clean bowls Gardner

Allrounder Tahlia McGrath took her game to another level this summer.

She smashed 327 runs to be Adelaide’s second-highest runscorer of the season, while McGrath’s 14 wickets was another career-high figure in her WBBL career.

The athletic Striker re-established herself at No.3 after being shuffled down the batting order at times last summer and was calm and composed at the crease.

Her unbeaten 65* marked a new personal-best in Adelaide’s win over the Scorchers in Brisbane and, along with 1/24 with the ball, earned her deserved Player of the Match honours.

The 24-year-old continues to be selected in Cricket Australia representative squads as she aims for a return to international ranks.

 

AMANDA-JADE WELLINGTON
Matches: 16
Wickets: 16
Bowling average: 20.25
Economy: 7.01
Best figures: 3/17
Runs: 104
Batting average: 20.80
Strike rate: 157.57
Highest score: 55

Wello's brave half-century in WBBL Final

Amanda-Jade Wellington showed why she’s considered one of Australia’s most promising young spinners in WBBL|05.

Adelaide’s joint leading WBBL wicket-taker of all-time, Wellington bowled brilliantly to add another 16 scalps to her career tally - just one shy of her biggest season haul back in WBBL|03 and the best of any leg-spinner in WBBL|05.

Wellington’s economy of 7.01 was also among the strongest of all slow bowlers for the series such was her consistency with the ball.

The former Australian representative stood up at key moments for the Strikers, including restricting the Sydney Thunder to just six runs in a memorable super over win and capturing six wickets in back-to-back wins at Blundstone Arena.

Her maiden WBBL half-century gave Adelaide a fighting chance in the tournament final and proved she can make an impact with bat or ball.