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Strikers Women Win Again Over The Hurricanes Women To Keep Their WBBL Finals Hopes Alive
Tahlia McGrath stroked her second half-century in as many days as the Adelaide Strikers Women kept their faint WBBL finals hopes alive with a 24-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in today's re-match.
McGrath thumped a quickfire 65 off 39 balls including 11 boundaries and one six - after hitting 63 on Tuesday in her maiden WBBL 50 - to underpin the Strikers' 5-165 total.
Sophie Devine typically bashed 40 from 26 balls including five fours and two sixes, while fellow batting star Suzie Bates racked up 36 from 32 balls including six boundaries.
The dangerous top three departed with the Strikers' score at 4-163 mirroring yesterday's home-team tactics of the Strikers choosing to bat first and bludgeon their way to an intimidating big score.
Vice-Captain Brooke Hepburn took 2-34 from her four overs, claiming the scalps of McGrath and Megan Schutt as England skipper Heather Knight claimed 2-31 from her four overs, as the Hurricanes swapped between six different bowlers.
Veteran pace-bowler Veronica Pyke remained very economical taking 1-17 from her three overs.
The brave Hurricanes Women were held to 9-141 in reply at Adelaide's Karen Rolton Oval, with no repeat of yesterday's heroics where Hobart scrapped their way to 189 to force a Super Over.
Wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne was elevated right up the order to open with Indian import star Smriti Mandhana, but unfortunately both failed to capitalise on their bright starts and their Tuesday efforts scoring 24 and 7 respectively.
Heather Knight proved to be the best performer for the Hurricanes with bat and ball scoring 55 from 39 balls including eight boundaries and one six - before heading back to the sheds thanks to a stunning one-handed catch from Devine.
But there was simply not enough scoring support from the other end of the crease with only three other batters making double figures with 24, 24* and 11.
Ashley Day debuted for the Hurricanes in this afternoon's clash making 9 from 5 balls including a very encouraging six before being caught by Bates off the bowling of Schutt.
The Hurricanes kept losing regular wickets again this season at 18, 49, 89, 99, 109, 132, 133, 134 and 136 without being able to stabilise and get ahead of the fast growing run-rate as wickets tumbled.
Following Tuesday's dramatic Super Over win over the Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades' loss to the Sydney Thunder, the Strikers can still make the top four by beating the Perth Scorchers twice this weekend in Alice Springs.
They must also hope the Renegades lose their final two matches.
After Tuesday's hero Sophie Devine (40) and captain Suzie Bates (36) got the Strikers rolling, McGrath provided the real fireworks, thumping 12 fours and a six in her electric 39-ball knock.
"I had a lot of help at the other end from 'Batesy' and Tegan McPharlin and it was really nice to come away with a win," McGrath said.
The Hobart Hurricanes Women only have one match remaining and will be playing for pride in 8th place against the Melbourne Renegades Women this Saturday 12 January away at Melbourne's Junction Oval from 1pm local time.