14/04/2024
Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine secured the Perth Scorchers win against the Adelaide Strikers with another heroic Super Over effort. Image: Perth Scorchers - Twitter

It was another incredible effort from Sophie Devine in a Super Over, securing the Perth Scorchers win against the Adelaide Strikers.

Sophie Devine took just two hits to secure the Perth Scorchers’ third win of the season, and another Super Over victory, this time against the Adelaide Strikers. 

With Sarah Coyte run out on her way back for a second, the Strikers were unable to score the two runs required off the final ball of their innings and the match continued in a tie-breaking over.

Good running in the middle helped the Strikers set 2/9, but it was never going to be enough when captain Devine is striding out to the middle.

The 10-run target was annihilated in two shots.

Speaking post-match, Devine said it’s a bit of fun, “you’ve got a licence to go out there and swing. 

“So, for me, it’s literally just getting myself into good positions and then trying to clear the rope.”

The small target was thanks to the quality bowling of Marizanne Kapp, who Devine backed in for the 20th over and the Super Over. 

“I thought Kappy did a fantastic job executing with the ball, so I knew that 10 was a very chaseable target, and it was. 

“I think as soon as you can get a boundary… you sort of take control of it and then to be able to clear the rope twice, sort of gets it done and dusted pretty early.”

Entering the deciding over, Devine had a strike rate of 350 in Super Overs for the Scorchers. After another two sixes, her statistics are simply mind-boggling. 

In six innings, Devine has faced 18 balls, made 68 runs at a strike rate of 377.78. She has hit three fours and eight sixes, and has never had a dot ball or been dismissed. 

“Someone just said ‘why don’t you do that every ball of your innings?’ but look, I don’t know, I think whether it’s a mentality or a mindset, I don’t know. 

“It’s just nice to get a win for the girls today and hopefully give us a bit of momentum.”

It was a cautious start for the Scorchers, who opened with the bat after winning the toss. The first boundary came in the fourth over, as Beth Mooney began to find her rhythm. 

Devine was stumped (20 from 21) off the bowling of Dané van Nierkerk, with Tegan McPharlin’s work behind the wickets catching Devine with her heel up. 

Mooney’s innings ended on 36 runs from 33 balls, while Chamari Athapathtu (20 from 23) and Heather Graham (22 from 20) also got starts, but no one could really keep it going for the Scorchers.

They finished 5/121 after 20 overs.  

With a smaller total on the board, it was important the Scorchers took early wickets and they did exactly that.

Kapp struck first, an edge off the bat of van Nierkerk caught behind by Mooney and the South African had to depart for 10. 

Not long after, Lisa Griffith took another big wicket, this time it was the other South African Striker Laura Wolvaardt. She got a light touch off the bat and was caught behind for 5. 

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It went down to the wire, with the Strikers needing nine off the final six balls. Kapp was given the job of bowling it and after a single off the first, she was scooped up and over the wicketkeeper for four. 

With two required from the final ball, Coyte was run out coming back for a second and it was off to another Super Over for the Perth Scorchers. 

Kapp was given the honour of bowling for the Scorchers in the match-decider. Speaking of the decision, Devine said “you’ve got to back her.

“When you’ve got a bowler like Marizanne Kapp who is the best bowler in the world, I think, and she executed brilliantly in the 20th over there with her yorkers, and we had to back her in for the Super Over as well. 

“In the case of that, it’s just making sure you get the right fields set and tweaking things here and there, but look, it helps when you’ve got world class players at your disposal.” 

Clever work on the rope by Alana King kept a Wolvaardt shot destined for the rope inside the boundary, which restricted the Strikers to two and ran out Wolvaardt going for her third. 

The Strikers finished 2/9 from the Super Over, and that total was never going to be enough to compete with the Super Over beast in Devine. 

It only took two swings for the captain to take the win; hitting two sixes off the opening two balls of Schutt’s over to secure the win for the Scorchers. 

After the match, Devine praised her squad, who have “great morale… and [are] hoping to continue it.

“I think there’s a lot of belief in this group and I think the great thing is, it isn’t the same people standing up.

“I think you look at Alana King, Marizanne Kapp, I think at different stages throughout this season, I know we’re only early doors, but different people stepping up and I think it’s going to hold us in really good stead moving forward in this competition.

“Because you can’t just rely on the same one or two people.”

The Scorchers will return to Lilac Hill on Sunday, when they’ll be hoping to continue this momentum as they face the Sydney Sixers at 1:50pm local time (4:50pm AEDT). 

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