Adelaide Strikers FINALLY win the WBBL. Fourth-time lucky, and what a defense this has been. For the record, this was full on middle and leg and the slog has been taken by Wolvaardt at long on.
And as Tahlia McGrath picks up the WBBL trophy, it is also time for us to say goodbye from ESPNcricinfo. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. The Strikers are posing for pictures, the fireworks are going off, and that's a wrap from WBBL 08. If you're joining us from Australia, good luck to your men's team for the FIFA World Cup match tonight. See you next season!
Tahlia McGrath, the winning captain: "[Has it sunk in yet?] Good ring to it, and hasn't sunk in yet. Pretty bloody special. It's been a crazy week, we didn't know if we'll make the finals, whether we will be playing. Quick turnaround after a home semi but this group is ready fo anything. We were that determined, ready and hungry, and we showed it today. [Embracing last year's final defeat] Last year hurt, and we fell short in the final hurdle. We've been on the mark for the last few seasons but fell short. That drove us this season and we were pretty determined." She then congratulates the Sixers group, Cricket Australia and WBBL. "It gets bigger and better every year," she says. "I'm so proud of this team - what a team. This one is going to be special."
Hypocaust: "Deandra Dottin has now won player of the match in both the Women's T20 Challenge and WBBL finals this year. A penny for West Indies thoughts, as they head into a series against England without her services."
Ellyse Perry, the losing captain: "Tonight didn't go to plan but thrilled to spend six weeks with a wonderful group of people. Phenomenal crowd, so nice to be here. Even in that chase it wasn't going to plan but we felt every bit of support. To have this crowd comes to women's cricket game is fantastic." She then grabs the mic to congratulate Tahlia and the Strikers, and the WBBL organisers - stressing on the "quality" of the competition. Finally, she has a word for her own team, saying "sorry it didn't go our way." Special acknowledgement for Bolton from Perry. Bolton is tearing up but is doing very well to keep composure. She once again ends her speech with a thank you to the fans who came out in large numbers today and says she is excited for the future of women's sport. That was classy.
Post series presentation, being led by Sthalekar. She starts off with an acknowledgement of Nicole Bolton and Tegan McPharlin, both who have retired at the end of this game.
Deandra Dottin is the POTM for her fifty and two-fer: [Coming to the Strikers and winning] It means a lot to me. Been a long season for me after retirement. I've come here and bonded well. They made me comfortable. First time in a WBBL final. Fantastic. It is always good to get two of their top batters early to keep 'em on the back foot."
Now an acknowledgement for the match officials.
Now onto the presentation of championship medals. Young girls and boys presenting the medal to the players, very unique. Luke Williams, the head coach, gets a warm applause too. And finally, the captain, Tahlia McGrath.
Tegan McPharlin: "I couldn't have asked. This is outstanding. Bloody beauty. It's been a beautiful season - pumped we could do it this time. Family has been tremendous supporters of mine."
Madeline Penna, average of 54.20: "It feels way better (one year on). Way better. I spelt a lot of time this pre season. Have working with Dave on mindset stuff. I'm very hard on myself, when you don't do well you get messages in your DMs and that's never nice."
Megan Schutt, 27 wickets: "Absolutely buggered, ready for a nap. We didn't post the total we wanted and we had the best bowling attack in the league and we showed that. Dot ball pressure up early. I think we had that spirit."
Hypocaust: "This is the first time Sydney Sixers have been bowled out this season. A fitting way for the best bowling side in the league to clinch the title."
8.41pm Last year, they were in tears. This time the tears are back, but these are tears of joy. Perennial WBBL bridesmaids no more. Their target was just about par, but their bowlers stood up with the new ball. Despite a valiant attempt from Maitlin Brown, the Sixers just could not recover from their horrid start with the bat.
Don't forget Deandra Dottin's contribution either. Two wickets with the ball, but with the bat, it was her half-century that dragged Strikers to a total that was eventually defended.
Akram: "I thought 147 par score but early wickets of Healy Batez and Gardner set the victory for Strickers. Congratulations for them to win first WBBL trophy. They truly deserves it."
Sam: "This is not the first time the Sixers have lost a final in Sydney, they lost to the Heat back in BBL04 as well, in fact the two finals they won were not played in Sydney. (Home crowd pressure??)"
Dre: "Deandra Dottin always steps up in the final, even in recent fairbreak final she dominated it."
full on off stump. Another big shot off Brown, and this has cleared wide long on with ease!
two fielders get together but both let it go! Full on off and she went for the big shot. Deep midwicket and long on congregated, expecting each other to take it, and eventually neither went for it.
That's 99.9% game over.
tossed up, outside off. She tries the slog sweep, but ball goes between her legs.
full toss, but wide of the batter. Dragged to long on.
good length, wide outside off. Cut to deep point. Just a single
23 needed. 1 wicket to go. Six balls left.
full and wide. Cut to Schutt at cover point. Misfield, and they try to take two to ensure Brown is on strike for the final over. Another sacrifice, this time at the keeper's end.
good length ball just outside off. Pace off. Genford can only tap it back to DJSD
Liam: "@Walt or you could say the Strikers poor fielding is the reason the sixers are still in it...." -- you make a good point.
knee-high full toss on middle and leg. Swiped to deep midwicket. This time they aren't sacrificing another wicket. Just a single
low full toss on leg stump. Swiped to wide long on, and they are coming for two. But Peterson has essentially sacrificed her wicket by trying to get Brown on strike. Fair play...
Chat between Schutt and Dottin.
clean hit! Full just outside off and she slogs across the line. This flies across the night sky and lands at the first row in cow corner
Walt: "A testament to the Sixers that they're still in this, but when you're 16/4 you really aren't going to win, are you?" -- The odds are low, innit.
full and wide outside off. Slices a shot over Dottin's head, and lands well short of the outfielder on the boundary line
power surge done. And after that terrific over, Sixers need 33 off 12. Dottin to bowl out. She is the POTM favourite tonight for sure.
good length outside off. Cut to the off side
Akram: "What a player Dottin is Scored half century and got prize wickets. Sad we won't see her more in West Indies colour."
dropped by Mack who was running in from long on. Full outside off stump, and she slogs across the line. Ball went high up and Mack seemed to have it covered but the ball went in and out
dipping full toss outside off. She plays a lap but can't beat the short fine leg fielder
Dave: "I reckon that's the match. Best bowlers = best team, and most worthy champions."
fullish outside off. Taps it with the bat's open face to short third
super slow mo delivery, and Ecclestone has been outfoxed! That's her 13th power surge wicket. Leg cutter with pace taken off. Length ball and Ecclestone is through the slog too too early. Off stump castled, Ecclestone goes for 15
good length ball outside off. Hammered with a flat-batted shot to long on
Game is far from over. A massive Megan Schutt over coming up.
low full toss on middle, and she flicks it to deep square leg! 14 off the over
goes fullish, and quite wide near the tramline. But the batter moved to the off side to get close to it. Swiped to midwicket
|North Sydney Oval, Sydney|
|Toss||Adelaide Strikers Women, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Adelaide Strikers Women won the 2022/23 Women's Big Bash League|
|Match days||26 November 2022 - daynight (20-over match)|