Deandra Dottin’s all-round display resulted in the Adelaide Strikers winning their first title
West Indies all-rounder Dendra Dutin shone with bat and ball, guiding the Adelaide Strikers to their maiden WBBL title with a hard-fought 10-run victory over the Sydney Sixers in the final at North Sydney Oval, here on Saturday.
Dottin hit an unbeaten 52 off 37 balls to carry the Strikers to 148/7 before taking key wickets as Suzie Bates and Ashleigh Gardneras Sixers were bowled for 138 on the last ball of the innings.
Chasing a mediocre total, Sixers batters never got started. The energy-packed line-up saw the early exits of Suzie Bates (10), Alyssa Healy (1), Gardner (0) and Erin Burns (1) as Aussie pacer Darcie Brown (2-15) along with Dottin (2-30) advanced to Leave the top-ranked Sixers in tatters at 16-4 after 5.5 overs.
Elise Perry (33) was joined by Nicole Poulton (32) and the pair settled into the innings, taking the Sixers to 43/4 at the halfway point of the innings, however, 105 runs shy of their target. Poulton showed their class in their final professional match, finding boundaries three times in a 60-run stand with their skipper before McGrath upsetting the stumps for the 14th over.
The Sixers’ hopes rested on Perry, playing in her favorite spot, with the required average passing 12-years-old. The Browns found bounds out next, but when he bowled a ball later, it was left to the Sixers’ tail to pull off a miracle, with 66 runs still needed 31 balls.
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Mitlan Brown took the rope off on her return from a back injury, but her highly entertaining 34 from 16, while lifting the home crowd’s spirits, was not enough as wickets continued to slip at the other end and the Sixers were eventually dismissed for 137 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Strikers openers Katie Mack (31 from 26) and Laura Wolfhardt (15 from 16) put on 51 in their first six overs before Kate Peterson continued her knack for taking big wickets, with South Africa caught chasing a wider groove. Connecting.
More than once Mack later finished in unusual circumstances, stepping on the stumps and returning to Sophie Ecclestone’s spin (2-19).
Dottin got life on one when Nicole Poulton missed a hard chance on a backhand, then was caught twice without any balls in five-and-eight; Peterson’s first out was signaled immediately, and Perry’s second came after the referee’s third check, with the Sixers’ celebrations abruptly cut short.
McGrath sent the second free kick to the mound for six, but her promising start ended on 24 of 21 when she was caught trying to cross the middle boundary, giving Nicole Poulton a wicket in her final game.
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The Sixers won the Power Surge comprehensively, ousting the champions from Thursday’s Challenger Final, Patterson (7) and Pena (0) and leaking just seven runs. But Dottin upped the ante to add 34 runs from his last three overs, including a huge six in the mound and racked up her half-century with a scoop off the last ball of the innings.
Brief results: Adelaide Strikers 147/5 in 20 overs (Deandra Dottin 52 not out, Sophie Ecclestone 2-19) beat Sydney Sixers 137 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 33, Darcie Brown 2-15) by 10 runs
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