Adelaide Strikers Secure Nail-Biting Win Over Brisbane Heat In WBBL Final, Retain Title
Adelaide Strikers lift their second consecutive WBBL title
The Women's Big Bash League stands tall amongst all in the warfare of the T20 leagues of women's cricket worldwide. The Australia Women's T20 Cup was replaced by the WBBL in 2015, allowing players from all over the world to join and be a part of the biggest T20 league in women's cricket.
In the ninth season of the WBBL, Adelaide Strikers, the defending champions, have not just defended their title but also dominated throughout the tournament, having won 11 of the 14 league games. They were also the table toppers, as no other team could win even nine games.
Adelaide Strikers led by Tahila McGrath with the likes of Laura Wolvaardt, Megan Schutt, and Amanda Jade Wellington lifted their second trophy in the history of WBBL, which makes them the fourth team to have won the championship twice after, Sydney Thunders, Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat.
McGrath, Wellington and Wolvaardt shine in the WBBL final
Adelaide Strikers managed to post a total of 125 while batting first. Brisbane Heat led by Jess Jonassen with the likes of Grace Harris, Amelia Kerr, and Georgia Redmayne, on their day would have chased down this total comprehensively, but AJ Wellington, Tahila McGrath, and Megan Schutt kept taking wickets at regular intervals, and won the game by mere three runs.
The game went till the last over, and even on the last deliveries, it could have gone anyway as the Brisbane Heat needed one boundary, which would have pushed the game to the super over. But AJ Wellington bowled impressively, and Nicola Hannock could not connect the ball.
AJ with three wickets in the final was awarded the player of the match trophy, and Tahila led from the front, scoring 38 with the bat and picking two wickets with the ball, helping the Strikers lift the WBBL 2023 trophy.