WBBL 2021: Perth Scorchers wins maiden WBBL title

Perth Scorchers lifted their maiden WBBL title after successfully defeating Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs on their home ground

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Arijit Barua
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The ultimate match of the Women's Big Bash League(WBBL) saw action between Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers where Scorchers won their maiden title by 12 runs to kick off their celebrations at home ground. Adelaide won the toss and started the game while bowling first. Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney gave a fine start to their team by pitching 35 and 19 runs respectively.

Heather Graham's contribution in the middle turned out to be vital. However, she was knocked down by Amanda Wellington after giving 23 runs to her team. Meanwhile, the best was yet to come for the side as South Africa Marizanne Kapp chimed in with a crucial inning. She has scored an unbeaten 31 off 23.

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It was due to complete effort from the batting setup. The table-toppers were able to put fine 146 runs on the board in their quota of 20 overs. Wellington, McGrath, Darcie Brown, and Megan Schutt picked one wicket each for the Strikers. However, Schutt had the best economy of 4.70 to offer on the day. Strikers went up to kick off their chase game. But, their openers Katie Mack and Dane van Niekerk were sent back cheaply after scoring six runs each from their ends.

Tahlia McGrath's 36 went in vain as Strikers failed to lift WBBL trophy

However, the middle-order brought some light for the side which started stumbling right in the beginning. Laura Wolvaardt scored 25 runs off 28 deliveries before being sent back by Heather Graham. McGrath's 36 off 29 was the brightest spot in their batting setup. But it went in vain as her side remained 12 runs short of the glory.

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Madeline Penna's efforts were also vital towards the end as she put in 30 off 21 for the team's cause. Apart from her batting wonder, Kapp had a wicket in her hand in the ultimate clash while Taneale Peshchel picked two wickets for her side while conceding at an impressive 5.80. Heather Graham also winded up her day with two wickets in hand.

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