28/02/2024
Adelaide Strikers

The Adelaide Strikers failed to fire with the bat in a Super Over loss to the Perth Scorchers. Image: Adelaide Strikers WBBL - Twitter

It was another hard slog with the bat for the Adelaide Strikers who failed to fire in a Super Over loss to the Perth Scorchers.

The Adelaide Strikers batters were unable to fire with the bat, going down to the Perth Scorchers in a Super Over thriller at Lilac Hill Park.

After a strong start to the season with two wins, the Strikers have been struggling to go big with the bat and find the boundary and it’s hurting, as they notch up a second loss in a row.

At the toss, the Scorchers elected to bat and there was only change for the Strikers XI – the expected inclusion of Megan Schutt – as Jemma Barsby was the unfortunate omission to make way for the experienced quick.

Schutt started with ball in hand, bowling a neat opening three overs that went for just nine runs. Darcie Brown partnered with her in the first five overs, keeping things just as tight at the other end. 

The Strikers efforts in the field restricted the Scorchers to a slower start than normal, the first boundary came in the fourth over.

Dané van Nierkerk struck first, taking the big wicket of Sophie Devine thanks to the efforts of teammate Tegan McPharlin behind the stumps. Her quick thinking had Devine caught with her heel in the air, stumped for 20 runs.

Amanda-Jade Wellington had a nice start with the ball as well, her first wicket was Beth Mooney, at an important time too, as the Scorchers’ keeper started looking dangerous with the bat.

The Scorchers finished 5/121 after their 20 overs.

Schutt took 1/17 on return; the wicket came in the final over of the innings with Heather Graham caught by Sarah Coyte at long on, it was also her most expensive over almost doubling her runs conceded.

Wellington was best with the ball though, taking two wickets from her four overs, which included 14 dot balls and zero boundaries. 

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The Adelaide Strikers were all over the place with the bat this evening, no batter was able to make an impact.

Dané van Nierkerk swung the bat at a Marizanne Kapp ball and edged it to Mooney, then Laura Wolvaardt had the faintest edge through to the keeper, this time off the bowling of Lisa Griffith.

Katie Mack made it to 30, but with her wicket it all started to go very wrong for the Strikers, with wickets falling cheaply.

Just a few balls after Mack’s wicket, Madeline Penna went to run to the striker’s end, but Bridget Patterson held her spot on the crease and the mix-up resulted in the run-out of Penna. 

It was all left up to McPharlin and Coyte. With nine required off the final over for victory, McPharlin scooped a boundary past fine leg, but it was not enough as on the final ball two runs were still required and Coyte was runout going for the second.

The picturesque Lilac Hill ground was set for a thrilling Super Over, as the visitors from Adelaide looked to disappoint the home Perth fans.

Heavy hitters Wolvaardt and McGrath started at the crease for the Strikers, their quick running between wickets helped as Wolvaardt struggled to get it past the fielders on the rope.

It all came unstuck when Wolvaardt appeared to drive the ball down the ground for a boundary, but quick work by Alana King stopped the four and also ran Wolvaardt out as she tried to make it back for three.

The Strikers finished 2/9 and it was up to Schutt to try and bowl the Strikers to victory.

But the Scorchers had Devine and Mooney at the crease.

Devine took just two balls to finish the match, sending Schutt down the ground for six and then over the fence for another.

It was the second loss for the Strikers this season, after going down to the Brisbane Heat in a tense final over last Sunday.

They will be hoping to find some firepower with the bat again, and learn from another close loss. From here, splitting the weekend with a win and a loss will be the goal, before the group heads back to Adelaide for a series of home matches.

The Strikers will return to Lilac Hill tomorrow, where they face the Melbourne Renegades at 10:25am local time (1:25pm AEDT).

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