The first WBBL success came in front of the enthusiastic home fans in the Optus Stadium after they had 146. defended
The South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp helped the Perth Scorchers to a victory over the Adelaide Strikers in the Weber WBBL final in 12 runs with bat and ball.
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In response to the Scorcher’s 5-146, the Strikers in the six-over power play were limited to 2-16 before finishing 6-134.
Kapp, who had been sick all week scored 31 of 23 balls unbeaten to bring the Scorchers to a solid total, but her biggest contribution was the ball.
The 31-year-old’s first two overs in power play cost just two Runs in a display that got the Strikers hot right away.
Kapp finished 1-25 of her four overs, which numbers included a girl versus her wife and striker opener Dane van Niekerk (six of 13 balls) .
The Scorchers had previously played in two finals – both ended in defeat to a team from the Sydney Sixers that included Kapp in their team.
But this time the Scorchers had Kapp on the team, and it turned out to be their lucky charm.
The 15,511 spectators for the decision were the highest number of visitors ever for an independent WBBL match.
The opener of Star Scorchers, Sophie Devine (35 of 33 balls) and Beth Mooney (19 of 25 balls) struggled to get going after the home side’s briefing.
Mooney was the first to fall when she hit Tahlia McGrath scored in the middle, while Devine’s innings ended with a brilliant direct hit from van Niekerk.
Kapp started her innings nervously and failed to score her first four balls, but the South African soon found her groove.
Hers Nerves would have been strained in the 16th lap when she had to face her wife van Niekerk.
Van Niekerk had been fired twice by Kapp this season, but could not take revenge.
Kapp’s breathtaking early work with the ball left the Strikers in shock, un They were in a mess when star opener Katie Mack (six of 13 balls) was fired by Devine in the fifth over.
Heartbreak in Perth
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Striker-captain McGrath (36 of 29 balls) and Laura Wolvaardt (25 of 28 balls) combined for a 65-run-stand to their team To give a small chance, but in the end the task was too big.
It took Adelaide 36 runs from the last three overs, and despite Madeline Penna’s best efforts (30 no offs 21 balls) they fell far short.
The fourth-placed Strikers did well to reach the decision as they had to win two elimination finals within two days against the third-placed Heat and the second-placed Renegades.
In contrast, Perth earned direct entry into the decision after he ended up at the top of the leaderboard.