Man of the Match: Beth Mooney
Adelaide Strikers take on Brisbane Heat in what promises to be a mouth-watering final!
Adelaide Strikers Women to win!
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After 57 games, we have our two finalists – Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat and it’s the two best teams of the tournament that will be fighting it out for the title. Both the Strikers and the Heat ended the season with 10 wins and four losses and won the semi-final relatively easily.
Adelaide Strikers got on a roll at the start, stumbled a touch and got back to their winning momentum and have more or less dominated this tournament. They have won 11 out of their 21 games, including the semi-final this year. They won six games in a row before losing their last league game against the Sydney Sixers. However, they brought out their ‘A’ game in the semi-final where they first restricted the Perth Scorchers to 126 before hunting it down with ease.
On the other hand, the Brisbane Heat had a very indifferent start. They lost three out of their first five games but since then, they’ve dominated this tournament alongside Adelaide Strikers. They had a seven-game winning streak before it was broken by Melbourne Renegades in the penultimate group stage encounter. In the semi-final, they faced the same team who ended their streak and beat them rather easily in the end. Renegades put up 163 before the Heat chased it down with two overs to spare and reach their second successive final. They will be eyeing their second successive title as well.
This WBBL has been all about Sophie Devine. The New Zealand star all-rounder has had a phenomenal season and has made headlines almost every game. Be it runs or wickets, she is at the top of both charts. 764 runs with the bat at an average of 84.88 puts her at the top of the batting list in this WBBL. 18 wickets at an average of 19.27 put her fourth on the bowler's list this season. She has literally been the sole reason why the Strikers are in the final this season.
Suzie Bates, Tahlia McGrath, and Bridget Patterson are the other batters in the top four and they’ve done decently and have complemented Devine well. All three of them have similar returns as well this season. Skipper Bates and McGrath have 298 and 294 runs respectively while Patterson has scored 307 runs.
The top four looks very solid which gives them an edge going into the final. Moreover, the bowling has been very good too. Apart from Devine, three other bowlers have more than 15 wickets in this season. Megan Schutt has picked up 15 wickets and has been very tight. Amanda Wellington and Sarah Coyte have combined to take 34 wickets and both of them have an economy of under 7. McGrath has chipped in nicely as well. Thus, the Strikers are looking very good and both the batting and bowling are firing as a unit.
Suzie Bates (C), Sophie Devine, Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Darcie Brown, Tegan McPharlin (WK), Katie Mack, Amanda Jade Wellington, Megan Schutt, Annie O’Neil, Sarah Coyte
Megan Schutt, Alex Price, Amanda Jade Wellington, Bridget Patterson, Tegan McPharlin, Sophie Devine, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Suzie Bates, Annie O'Neil, Sarah Coyte
If it’s Sophie Devine for the Adelaide Strikers, it’s Beth Mooney for the Brisbane Heat. However, that’s only with the bat. Mooney might’ve had a rare failure in the semi-final but she’s been in fantastic form throughout this WBBL. The wicket-keeper batter has scored 687 runs at an average of 68.70 which includes eight half-centuries.
Jess Jonassen has also been brilliant with both bat and ball and has been vital to Heat’s success. She has picked up 20 wickets and is joint-second on the list of most wickets this season. Moreover, she has also scored 386 runs and has a strike-rate of 134.49 with the bat.
Meanwhile, Maddy Green and Grace Harris have been inconsistent with the bat. They have made 298 runs and 211 runs respectively in the tournament. With the ball, Delissa Kimmince and Sammy-Jo Johnson have been fabulous apart from Jonassen. Both Kimmince and Johnson have 17 wickets apiece in this WBBL and have been one of the reasons for Heat’s success. Amelia Kerr has done well too.
Beth Mooney (WK), Maddy Green, Jess Jonassen, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Kirby Short (C), Laura Harris, Grace Harris, Amelia Kerr, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Mikayla Hinkley
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Grace Harris, Beth Mooney, Mikayla Hinkley, Kirby Short, Jess Jonassen, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Sammy Jo Johnson, Laura Harris, Georgia Prestwidge, Delissa Kimmince
The weather conditions are perfect for the big final. It is going to be sunny for most parts of the day. It is an afternoon start and the temperatures will hover around the high-20s. There is absolutely no chance of rain as well. The pitch at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane is expected to be a good one too. The ball should come on to the bat nicely and the bounce will be true as well.
The Allan Border Field in Brisbane is a regular venue in domestic cricket in Australia. This season, it has already hosted seven WBBL games, including the two semi-finals and it is all set to host the final as well. The average score batting first here this season has been about 138 but the pitch has got better in the last few games and we should be in for a thrilling game.
It’s been a tournament where every team has largely wanted to bowl first. Even in the two semi-final games, both teams opted to bowl first and both teams chased totals down with relative ease. Moreover, teams batting second have enjoyed more success at this venue in this season. Hence, despite it being a high-pressure final, both teams might want to chase.
It’s the final and predictions are always tough for a final. It’s all about holding the nerve and staying in the present and not get overawed by the occasion. Adelaide Strikers seemed to be better equipped on that count and also, the bowling attack gives them a slight edge as well.
Moreover, their top four have been in prime form and there is the difference-maker, Sophie Devine. Adelaide Strikers might just win their maiden WBBL title.
Adelaide Strikers Women to win!