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White Ferns captain Sophie Devine leads Perth Scorchers to WBBL glory

Perth Scorchers captain Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney pose with the WBBL trophy after their win in the final against the Adelaide Strikers.

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Perth Scorchers captain Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney pose with the WBBL trophy after their win in the final against the Adelaide Strikers.

White Ferns skipper Sophie Devine has led the Perth Scorchers to glory in the WBBL.

The 34-year-old all-rounder capped off a fine tournament in fitting style on Saturday night, as her side beat the Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs in the final at Optus Stadium.

Devine top-scored for the hosts with 35 from 33 balls in their 146-5, then took 1-23 off three overs as the Scorchers went on to claim their maiden Twenty20 title.

Sophie Devine top-scored for the hosts in the decider with 35 off 33 balls.

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Sophie Devine top-scored for the hosts in the decider with 35 off 33 balls.

It was Devine’s second season at the club, having previously been at the Strikers, who she lost the 2019/20 decider with against the Brisbane Heat.

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The Kiwi was this year named captain of the tournament team ahead of the final, and finished the tournament as the third-highest run-scorer, with 442 from 14 matches, at an average of 34 and strike rate of 128.48.

A crowd of 15,511 watched the decider – the biggest attendance for a standalone WBBL match – and the majority in the 33-degree heat went home happy as the visitors were always behind the eight-ball in their chase and were no real chance of smacking the 22 required off the final over.

After being sent in, the Scorchers got off to a solid, if not flying, start, as Devine combined with Beth Mooney – the competition’s top run-scorer – in a 52-run opening stand, with neither really finding their groove.

Devine hit six fours in her knock before falling in the 11th over by way of a direct hit runout from Dane van Niekerk.

But it was then van Kiekerk’s wife, Marizanne Kapp, who played a crucial role in the battle of the South African internationals, as, at the end of a week where she’d been badly sick, she struck an unbeaten 31 off 23 to lift the home side to a competitive total.

Sophie Devine took a wicket in the chase as her Scorchers prevailed against her former side.

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Sophie Devine took a wicket in the chase as her Scorchers prevailed against her former side.

In reply, Kapp was then to the fore with the ball, as well, conceding just two runs off the first over, then following up with a maiden.

Devine forced the first breakthrough with her first delivery – having Katie Mack – the second-highest run-scorer in the competition – chip to cover-point for 6 off 13 to start the fourth over, and the Strikers limped to 16-2 in their six-over powerplay.

Captain Tahlia McGrath (36 off 29) and Madeline Penna (30no off 21) fought back for Adelaide, who needed 53 off the last four overs, and while 17 came off the 17th, the task indeed proved too stiff.



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