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REBEL WBBL|03

Adelaide strikes twice in Alice Springs

14 January 2018
MATCH REPORT

The Strikers made it two from two with a scintillating bowling display securing a 31-run win over the Scorchers

Rebel WBBL|03, Match 38

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The Adelaide Strikers have joined Sydney Thunder at the top of the Rebel WBBL table after convincingly defeating the Perth Scorchers by 31 runs in Alice Springs.

Held to a modest 7-107 from their 20 overs after being sent in, the Strikers defended grandly to register their fourth successive win, dismantling the Scorchers for a meagre 76 in 17.3 overs - the Scorchers' lowest WBBL total.

Match highlights: Adelaide strikes twice in Alice Springs

For the Strikers, the win allowed them to join top-ranked Thunder with 14 points.

Opener Nicole Bolton's 30 was the only score of note for a Perth outfit which struggled to handle the tricky Traeger Park conditions and the Strikers' super-tight bowling.

Adelaide captain Suzie Bates (2-6) created the early incisions and deservedly claimed player-of-the-match honours after earlier keeping the Scorchers at bay with the bat.

Meanwhile, Alex Price (2-4), Megan Schutt (2-14) and Tahlia McGrath (2-17) continued to make regular inroads to make it two wins in as many days against the Scorchers, now fifth on the ladder with a 5-5 record.

Bates brilliant in Red Centre

The Scorchers would have been confident of reversing Saturday's result after largely reining the Strikers batters in, with Katherine Brunt (2-15) and Heather Graham (2-23) leading the way.

Southern Star McGrath enjoyed a fine all-round evening, stroking a quick 34 and proving the only batter from either side who looked capable of mastering the conditions.

New Zealanders Sophie Devine (29) and Bates (27) were rock solid in a watchful vigil, which paved the way for McGrath to fire away.

 

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