21/02/2024
Sophie Devine Chloe Ainsworth

Will this duo keep the Perth Scorchers season alive on Wednesday? Picture: cricket.com.au

Ahead of the WBBL|09 finals series, Sophie Devine and Chloe Ainsworth were rewarded for their strong individual seasons by being named in the team of the tournament.

Scorchers captain Sophie Devine was named captain of the Team of the Tournament, while first-year bowler Chloe Ainsworth was named alongside Amy Edgar, and Beth Mooney behind the stumps.

While humbled by the accolade, Devine was pragmatic and preferred to focus on the end of the season ahead.

“It’s certainly a nice accolade, but it’s not why you play these sorts of competitions,” Devine told the media on Monday.

“The ultimate goal is to get there on Saturday and bring home that trophy, but it’s really nice to have that recognition from the coaches. And to have the likes of this one (Ainsworth) alongside me too is really special for the Scorchers group.”

Devine wasn’t done, heaping praise on the Scorchers young star in Ainsworth, having received the accolade in just her first season of WBBL.

“She won’t say much herself, but she’s been outstanding,” she said.

“For a young person to come in, what are ya, 18? Far out it’s about half my age.

“To come in here and play with the confidence that she has, and to do what she has done with the ball against some of the best players in the world, and to take wickets up front, has been outstanding, and it’s been certainly revitalizing for me [seeing her] as a youngster.

“Reflecting on what I used to be like, and to see that energy and enthusiasm that we’ve all seen when we’ve seen her take a wicket, she’s barnstorming down the pitch, it’s so cool to see.

“So hopefully we can see her get a few more, and there’s a few higher honours on her pathway.”

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Ainsworth, affectionately known as ‘Dozer’ to Devine and her teammates, spoke about receiving her honour.

“It’s been pretty crazy, I didn’t even think I’d be playing any games this season so, being able to go out there and take some wickets has been pretty cool,” Ainsworth said.

And she also opened up on her now trademark wicket celebrations.

“I just get so excited when I take wickets, I just lose control.”

Having lost their last three games heading into the playoffs, Devine and the Scorchers are determined to arrest the slump and make it to Saturday’s final against Adelaide.

“It’s not ideal for us, losing a couple of games on the trot, but we’ve spoken at length as a group that, you’re not a bad team from a couple of losses.

“So, we’ve got some very clear plans for whoever we play, and we’ve got the added benefit of being at home, whoever we play. I think for us it’s just about our skill level, whoever we play on the biggest stage.”

The Scorchers will take on the winner of the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder final on Wednesday.

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