It was Sophie Devine’s day at the Adelaide Oval as she stared with both bat and ball for the Adelaide Strikers. It was a performance that ensured her Strikers side beat the Melbourne Stars by 19 runs. The New Zealander scored 95 from 60 balls before taking 5 for 41 with the ball.
Devine looked in great touch with the bat as she top scored with a 60 ball 95. It was her second fifty of the season. In any other WBBL tournament, her efforts would have been the stand out in terms of runs scored. That is in part to the testament of Ellyse Perry.
Devine has found some consistency in 2018 and after a great English summer with Loughborough Lightning in the KSL, she is doing the same in the WBBL.
After the early loss of Suzie Bates for 12 and Tahlia McGrath for a second ball duck, the Strikers needed to rebuild. They did so in style as Bridget Patterson and Devine shared a third-wicket partnership of 131.
The pair ran well between the stumps finding twos with regularity. It helped to take the pressure off Devine to find the boundary and as she relaxed the boundary was peppered. Devine is the leading six-hitter in WBBL history and she continued that trend five more today. Her fourth six brought up her fifty from 33 balls. Devine eventually fell for 95 in the penultimate over.
Patterson at the other end was able to rotate the strike and in the final over of the innings was able to secure her first WBBL fifty from 41 balls. The strikers finished on 3 for 172.
Lizelle Lee threatened to take the game the Stars way as she raced to 25 inside the first three overs. Devine saw off the South African who was caught low down trying to drive through the inner ring.
Devine is one of the best exponents of the short ball in the women’s game and she used it to good effect here. Ange Reakes was the first of these as she gloved behind to Tegan McPharlin.
Mignon du Preez and Erin Osborne would again need to bat extremely well as they have done before this year. Bates was not in the mood to be outshone by her kiwi teammate and pulled off a one-handed catch as the ball seemed to be well past her and on the way to the boundary. With du Preez gone for 33 the outcome of the game was only going to go one way.