In an exciting nail-biting final at the Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Strikers emerged victorious in the Women’s Big Bash League 2023, defeating the Brisbane Heat by a narrow margin of three runs.
The match, filled with thrilling moments, showcased the high level of competition in women’s cricket. The Adelaide Strikers, after being asked to bat first, set a total of 125-5. A strong 66-run partnership between opener Laura Wolvaardt and captain Tahlia McGrath anchored the innings. Wolvaardt top-scored with a swift 39 off 33 balls, including four boundaries.
McGrath contributed a significant 38 from 34 balls, hitting six fours and a six. On the bowling front for Brisbane, medium pacer Nicola Hancock made an impact with her figures of 3-23 in four overs.
Spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington delivered an exceptional bowling performance for Adelaide, taking three crucial wickets and limiting Brisbane Heat to 122-8 in their 20 overs. Her outstanding figures of 3-16 in four overs earned her the Player of the Final title.
Megan Schutt and Tahlia McGrath also contributed with two wickets each. In the run chase, Brisbane Heat struggled to build momentum. Amelia Kerr was the top scorer with an unbeaten 30 from 32 balls, while Georgia Redmayne and Charli Knott scored 22 and 20, respectively.