Sophie Devine’s splendid 89 assisted Adelaide Strikers start their WBBL 2018-19 season with a pounding win as they pulverized Brisbane Heat by an agreeable 36-run edge in Melbourne.
Put in to bat first, the New Zealand opener propelled a whirlwind of limits and sixes, unfazed by the two brisk wickets at the opposite end, to impel Strikers to 57 off their powerplay overs. After a close courageous show in the initial six overs, Devine then struck two lively organizations that put Strikers on course for a major aggregate.
Devine included 68 with Bridget Patterson for the third wicket, taking Strikers to 100 inside 12 overs before the last was rejected, and afterward proceeded to include 52 more with wicketkeeper-bat Tegan McPharlin who contributed a 22-ball 30.
Devine passed up a century, hoping to include speedy runs, however not before her 55-ball ambush involving five hits into the stands about six limits turned the warmth on Heat bowlers.
Pursuing 173, Heat’s answer was damaged by two early wickets – one each to Tahila McGrath and Megan Schutt – in progressive overs yet even an unbeaten century organization next wasn’t sufficient to spare them the diversion. Beth Mooney and Kirby Short stabalised the innings okay yet rapidly fell behind the eight ball. In a short counterattack, the two players raised their individual fifties, yet neglected to continue the assault with the asking rate relentlessly climbing.