Revenge was more than sweet, it was sublime for the Adelaide Strikers as a double-edged bowling sword saw them dominate the WBBL and dismantle the Perth Scorchers in a rematch of last year’s decider.
Last season’s tears after a narrow 12-run defeat were replaced by cheers as Wellington and teenage speedster Darcy Brown held off the big Perth batsmen before Katie Mac defied some middle-order wobble to secure an emphatic six-wicket victory.
Wellington, who earlier this week equaled the best figures in the WBBL when trapped 5-8, were stingy at the wicket on the Allan Border pitch, her four overs returning 2-13 to take her top of the wicket- taking the table with Brown , who finished 2-18.
It’s familiar territory for Wellington, who took more wickets than anyone last season and this time he won one from his rival for a place in the Australian team.
The long-legged Alana King has been favored by the national selectors in recent internationals, but in the early stages of the WBBL Wellington have had their noses in front of their doppelgangers. King took a wicket on Friday to take just six wins in five games this season.
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Chasing just 112 for victory after brilliant bowling allowed the defending champions to reach just 5-111 from their full 20 overs, the Strikers rushed out of the blocks and then nearly broke through.
When Perth’s Lily Mills, who had just two wickets, quickly ran through the middle order, the Strikers went from 0-51 to 4-60 in just 10 frantic balls.
But last year’s runners-up were not to be denied chasing such a paltry total and brilliant 52 runs from Mack (47 not out) and Penna (32 not out from just 23 balls) sealed the deal without losing another wicket and from nine balls in stock.
Even better news for Adelaide, the win, their fourth in a row after a two-loss start to the season, lifted them above the Scorchers in the table and into top spot ahead of a weekend full of games.