Katie Mack, Madeline Penna help Adelaide Strikers to top of WBBL08 table
Katie Mack in action © Getty Images
A patient knock from Katie Mack, combined with the audacity of Madeline Penna helped Adelaide Strikers register their fourth consecutive win of the WBBL08 at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Friday (October 28). With this victory, Strikers have moved to the top of the table ahead of Brisbane Heat on Net Run Rate.
After Perth Scorchers chose to bat first, Darcie Brown continued her good show and removed Sophie Devine early. With Amanda-Jade Wellington accounting for Chloe Piparo, Scorchers were in some rife with the score reading 18 for 2 in the fifth over.
From there, Beth Mooney and Maddy Green added 40 runs to steady the ship. However, Scorchers were in trouble once again when they lost three wickets in quick succession. They were reduced to 70 for 5 at this stage.
It was down to Mathilda Carmichael and Amy Edgar to the steady the innings and also take Scorchers past the 100-run mark. Edgar was the more aggressive of the duo and eventually finished with 27 not out off 24 deliveries.
For Strikers, Brown and Wellington took two wickets apiece as Scorchers ended their innings on 111 for 5 from the stipulated 20 overs.
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Strikers started the chase well with Deandra Dottin and Mack putting in a fifty plus stand for the opening wicket from eight overs. However, once Devine accounted for Dottin in the ninth over, Lilly Mills bowled an impressive spell and picked up three wickets in quick succession to reduce Strikers from 51 for no loss to 60 for 4 in the 12th over.
Mack continued to play solidly and found an attacking partner in Penna who took on the Scorchers’ bowlers with five boundaries to her name. Eventually the latter finished the match with a four and a single of Devine in the penultimate over. With this win Strikers now have eight points – same as Heat – from six matches, while Scorchers are closely following them with seven points from same number of games.
Brief Scores: Perth Scorchers 111/5 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 34, Amy Edgar 27*; Amanda-Jade Wellington 2/13, Darcie Brown 2/18) lost to Adelaide Strikers 112/4 in 18.3 overs (Katie Mack 47*, Madeline Penna 32*; Lilly Mills 3/17) by six wickets POTM: Katie Mack