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WBBL 2022: Adelaide Strikers book WBBL 08 final clash with Sydney Sixers

image-lav061ftMadeline Penna and Bridget Patterson celebrate [Source: Twitter]

The Adelaide Strikers have booked themselves a clash against the Sydney Sixers after clinching a last-over thriller against the Brisbane Heat in the Challenger match of the ongoing Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) 2022.

For the Strikers, it was the combined experience of Laura Wolvaardt and Deandra Dottin, coupled with Bridget Patterson's exuberance that secured them a place in the WBBL 08 Final on Sunday. 

Kerr and Harris push the Heat past 150

The Heat's innings started on the wrong foot, losing their in-form openers Danielle Wyatt and Georgia Redmayne cheaply. Although Grace Harris managed to hit a few boundaries, she fell for 23 off Jemma Barsby's bowling.

Amelia Kerr and Georgia Voll came to the rescue for their side. Kerr dominated with the bat during the 45-run stand between the pair, which ended with the fall of Voll's wicket.

Kerr missed her first-ever WBBL fifty by seven runs, falling to Megan Schutt, who claimed her second wicket.

Laura Harris, once again, exhibited brute hitting, smacking seven boundaries in a span of 10 delivered, shifting the momentum in Heat's favour. 

Schutt got the better of Harris, who was looking to take the match away from the Strikers' gasp by scoring a 14-ball 33.

The final two yielded 15 runs, as Brisbane finished their innings on 154 for 8, with Courtney Sippel and Charli Knott unbeaten on 5* and 3*, respectively. 

Bridget Patterson, Laura Wolvaardt lifts Adelaide into final

Chasing 155, Strikers lost crucial wickets first-up. Amelia was instantly in the thick of things getting the better of skipper Tahlia McGrath.

For Adelaide, veterans Wolvaardt and Dottin stood tall, adding 42 runs in quick time taking their side to 69 for two at the halfway mark.

Dottin in an attempt to up the tempo gave her wicket to Jess Jonassen for a quick 21-ball 39. Wolvaardt in alliance with Patterson, continued the flow of runs, despite the lack of big overs.

Patterson joined Wolvaardt in the middle as the pair looked to solidify their side's position in the match.

The duo added 47 runs in 6 overs, which came to an end with the fall of Wolvdaardt for 47.

Strikers' opted for the powersurge in the back end of their innings, a strategy that did wonders for them. Patterson (45*) took the lead for her side, ensuring that Strikers' target was down to 9 from 6.

Madeline Penna (11) knocked off boundaries on the third and fourth delivery, to hand her side a memorable six-wicket win and a place in the final. 

Brief Score

Brisbane Heat 154-8 (20)

Amelia Kerr 43 (32), Laura Harris 33 (14);

Megan Schutt 3-26 (4), Deandra Dottin 2-30 (4)

Adelaide Strikers 156-4 (19.4)

Laura Wolvaardt 47 (45), Bridget Patterson 45* (26);

Charli Knott 1-27 (3), Jess Jonassen 1-29 (4)

Adelaide Strikers won by six wickets

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