20/04/2024
Adelaide Strikers

The Adelaide Strikers celebrate with Darcie Brown, her three wicket haul contributed to a strong 48 run victory against the Hobart Hurricanes. Image: Adelaide Strikers - Twitter

The Adelaide Strikers have bowled out the Hobart Hurricanes, as they find finals form and continue their three game winning streak.

The Adelaide Strikers are finding form at the right time for a run into WBBL|07 finals, continuing their three game winning streak with a 48 run victory against the Hobart Hurricanes.

It wasn’t an ideal start for the Adelaide Strikers, with Tayla Vlaeminck’s pace finding shape and putting the Strikers’ openers in  

Katie Mack, Wednesday’s highest run scorer for the Strikers, went early – Vlaeminck taking leg stump with a fuller delivery that ripped beautifully through Mack.  

The South African duo of Dané van Nierkerk and Laura Wolvaardt settled things again and although the run rate was slower, they remained at the crease and kept things ticking along. 

Wolvaardt was next to go, caught behind by Rachel Priest off the bowling of Molly Strano and while the broadcast was considering the stumping chance Wolvaardt knew she’d given it a knick and walked. 

Her countrywoman started to find the boundary, out in the middle with the captain Tahlia McGrath and put together a strong foundation for the Strikers’ innings. 

Unfortunately for van Nierkerk, the bowling of Strano struck again. Unable to get it up and over the infield, van Nierkerk was caught by Amy Smith at point. 

McGrath and new batting partner Bridget Patterson took it upon themselves to get the total closer to the 130-140 mark. 

In the final over, McGrath started with back-to-back boundaries, before Patterson joined in on the action with the first six of the innings. It was also the 50-run partnership between the pair. 

The Strikers finished on 142 runs, McGrath finished on 38 not out, while Patterson was removed on the final delivery – caught behind by Priest. 

With a solid, though not huge, total on the board, it was important the Strikers took early wickets and they did exactly that. 

Brown immediately broke through in her first over, taking the wicket of Naomi Stalenberg – gone for two – caught by Bridget Patterson at point. 

After doing a somersault trying to save a boundary on the rope in the over between, Brown delivered a low full-toss into Rachel Priest who she sent it straight to Amanda-Jade Wellington, caught and dismissed for just five runs. 

Speaking on the broadcast post-match, Brown wasn’t really sure about the execution of her somersault attempt to prevent four runs. 

“I guess I don’t really know how to do it anyhow else, I’m pretty uncomfortable doing it elsewhere.

“So I mean it doesn’t look that comfortable, but yeah I guess that’s how I’ve learnt how to do that and yeah, I missed it unfortunately, so it looks a bit silly.” 

A third wicket in the 10th over earned Brown Player of the Match honours, her 3/19 was her best figures for the season. 

Brown was able to capitalise on the somewhat swinging conditions, finding her line and getting shape, unlike last weekend in Adelaide

“I didn’t have too much of an idea (of the swing) until I got to the warm-up and bowled a few balls. 

“It was swinging a little bit, but yeah sometimes it does that in the warm-up and then I can’t do it during the game. 

“So yeah, I guess it was finally good to swing the ball a little bit, and yeah, lucky it paid off.”

The skipper, Tahlia McGrath, dropped a catch in Wellington’s over but brought herself on next over in search of redemption. McGrath struck, taking the wicket of Mignon du Preez, caught at mid-wicket by Madeline Penna. 

It was a fairly clinical performance with the ball for the Strikers, who dominated the Hurricanes’ batting order and bowled them out in the 19th over.

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Every bowler took a wicket for the Strikers on their way to victory. Brown was pleased with the team’s ability to close out the innings, the 48 run win also improves their net run rate, which may impact the top four in a weeks time. 

“I guess, it was good to bowl out a team and I guess we need that win to carry on some momentum and hopefully make it to finals,” she said. 

The Adelaide Strikers now sit inside the top four with four games remaining in their season. Finals are in reach and after a rough patch in the middle of their tournament, they are aiming to have an impact at the end of this month.  

“Yeah, I guess, you know, everyone wants to be in finals, and yeah, hopefully, we can string a few more wins together and then yeah, go to the big dance by the end of it…

“Really looking forward to it and got a lot of faith in this group and we know if we play at our best, we can beat any team.”

The Adelaide Strikers remain in Mackay to face the Brisbane Heat on Sunday from 10:15 am AEDT. 

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