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Strikers Victorious in Adelaide

16 November 2019

The Adelaide Strikers cruised to a 57 run victory against the Melbourne Stars in Adelaide, after another impressive cricketing display with both bat and ball by Sophie Devine.

The Melbourne Stars Skipper, Elyse Villani, put the Strikers into bat after winning the flip and opened up with the bowling duo of Annabel Sutherland and Holly Ferling.

Ferling started her spell well and had the opening batters in trouble with a tight display of fast bowling. Her consistency paid off and she got the wicket of Suzie Bates in the sixth over of the game, who lobbed one up to Lizelle Lee who took the catch easily in the covers.

Despite the fall of her opening partner, Sophie Devine continued her incredible Strikers form and was starting to find the rope regularly. The impressive all-rounder raced to her fifty and looked well set at the crease for another big knock.

Alana King came into the attack for the Stars and found a bit of rhythm with the ball, she was rewarded in her second over when she picked up the wicket of Tahlia McGrath, who was caught trying to pull her from a back of a length ball.

The Strikers then settled down in the middle part of the innings and their mentality, along with some tidy economical bowling by the Stars, slowed the run rate right down.

But keeping wickets in hand turned out to be a wise choice for the Strikers and in the latter part of their innings, they accelerated their total to a strong 153/2 - Devine finished 77*.

The Stars innings got off to the worst possible start, as the big hitter that is Lizelle Lee was trapped LBW in the opening overs of the game, by no other than Devine herself. And unfortunately from there the wickets continued to tumble, with Mignon du Preez and Elyse Villani being caught out not long after.

At the ten over mark it didn't look good for the Stars, who were 4-44, with the target of 154 starting to look out of sight.

They did have experience at the crease though, in Katey Martin and Erin Osborne, but with the run rate creeping up it was starting to become a tricky task for the middle order to hunt down.

The Stars were unable to chase down the target set by the Strikers and bowed out at the end of their innings 96/8 and 57 runs shy of the target set by the Adelaide team.

The Stars next game is against the Perth Scorchers at the CitiPower Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday, 2.00 PM start.

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Adelaide Strikers Women

Melbourne Stars Women

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