14/04/2024

Tahlia McGrath has gone from strength to strength, following up her national form with match-winning performances for the Adelaide Strikers (Photo - SACA).

The Strikers have made it two wins from two games in WBBL|07 after an all-around team performance against the Melbourne Renegades.

After her bowlers strangled the Renegades’ batting line-up, Adelaide Strikers captain Tahlia McGarth continued her impressive form with the bat to guide her team to victory.

Coming off a dominant win against the Sydney Thunder last week, the Strikers have made it two wins from two games in WBBL|07 after an all-around team performance against the Melbourne Renegades.

After her player of the match performance against the Thunder, McGrath backed up that performance, scoring an even half-century off 39 balls.

After being asked to field first, the Strikers bowled tightly keeping the runs down in the powerplay, restricting the Renegades to 2/27 after six overs.

Darcie Brown (1-16) and Sarah Coyte (3-20) were the picks of the bowlers, producing 16 and 14 dot balls respectively in their four overs, continually putting the pressure on the Renegades’ batters.

However, the Strikers conceded 35 runs off the last three overs as the Renegades tried to accelerate, pushing the total to 6/126 after 20 overs.

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Chasing a small total, the Strikers needed to make a good start and not lose early wickets. South African international Dane Van Niekerk ensured that didn’t happen, coming out of the blokes quickly making a quickfire 29 off 14 before skying a ball to extra cover. Batter Katie Mack (13) would follow soon after leaving the Strikers at 2-47 after five overs.

Van Niekerk did most of the damage early, which allowed McGrath to play her natural game. She was able to build a partnership with Laura Wolvawardt (36 off 39) who were untroubled by the Renegades bowlers. The pair put on an 82 run partnership steering the Strikers to 2-129 after 17.3 overs, securing the win with 15 balls to spare.

The Adelaide Strikers will now travel to Launceston where they will meet the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday, October 23rd at 10:15 am.

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