In honour of the viral #headbandchallenge, for every member of the Strikers and Perth Scorchers XI who take the field with a headband on Saturday, the Strikers will pitch in $100 to each of the two charities.
It’s the craze that has swept the WBBL this season, proving that, even in rivalry, amazing things can happen when people ‘band’ together.
Just weeks ago, Devine set a challenge: for every team the Strikers came up against for the remainder of the season, she would donate $100 to a charity of their choice if a player or two took the field with the extra piece of headgear.
Since then, the Sydney Sixers, the Brisbane Heat, and the Hobart Hurricanes have all jumped on board, with every single member of the Hurricanes squad donning a purple headband in their defeat on Wednesday at Karen Rolton Oval.
The ENTIRE @HurricanesWBBL team did the #headbandchallenge 👏 @mandhana_smriti, @crinny17 & the team are donating to @staychatTY on top of @sophdevine77’s $100! Donate: https://t.co/FLndF5DXnV@ScorchersBBL, you’re next! Stay tuned - we’ve got something BIG in store! #BlueEnergy pic.twitter.com/nvXO69lSEK— AdelaideStrikersWBBL (@StrikersWBBL) January 9, 2019
Players including Dane van Niekerk, Sarah Aley (Sixers), Jemma Barsby, Sammy-Jo Johnson (Heat), Alex Hartley, Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Smriti Mandhana and the entire Hurricanes team have donned the headbands, with some even making their own contributions to their chosen charity.
Six matches for Devine (including the upcoming Perth Scorchers clashes) has equated to $600 donated out of her own pocket. A lot of money for anyone, including female cricketers (we’ve come a long way, but there is still a way to go!)
An impromptu auction in the FIVEaa lounge at a Strikers BBL home match fetched a further $160 for the Sixers' chosen cause, the Sony Foundation, thanks to quick-thinking host Wayne Phillips, who sold both his own and Sophie’s headbands to punters following a Q&A session.
Hartley and Knight donated a further $200 each to the Kindness Factory, while Mandhana pledged $100 to Speak Up Stay ChatTY, along with the rest of the Hurricanes team who decided to pitch in and donate even more. The Heat chose MS Queensland, a foundation close to Barsby, who was diagnosed with MS in recent times.
Lea Tahuhu and Maitlan Brown got on board during the New Year’s Day Melbourne Derby, with WBBL setting the challenge to both Melbourne teams, plus a $500 donation to boot.
After @danevn81 got on board with @sophdevine77 ’s nomination, we’d like to see a few more headbands!@RenegadesWBBL and @StarsBBL, the first headband we see during the NYD Melbourne Derby, we’ll match Sophie’s donation– and up it to $500!— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 31, 2018
Show us what you’ve got! #WBBL04 pic.twitter.com/eSrWvaOGcC
On top of the Strikers' sizeable donation, the Scorchers will have the opportunity to select their own charities for back-to-back fixtures this weekend, where Devine will again donate $100 on each day.
An incredible initiative has equated to an incredible total of more than $6,160 spread across nine charities.
It’s amazing what can start from a bit of a laugh, a strip of terry towelling and a generous Kiwi.