7 Dec 2019

Devine innings secures Strikers win

8:05 pm on 7 December 2019

New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine has produced another player-of-the-match performance, guiding her Adelaide Strikers team to an eight-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers in the Australian women's Big Bash cricket semi-final.

Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine Photo: Photosport

Adelaide won the toss at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, and restricted Perth to 126-7.

Devine grabbed 2-23 from her four overs, including the prize wicket of Meg Lanning for one. She also bowled Jemma Barsby for 31, and ran out Heather Graham for six with a direct throw from long on.

Adelaide were under pressure early in their chase, when Devine's fellow Kiwi and opener Susie Bate was run out for one after just two overs. But the 30-year-old right-hander dug in to anchor her team to victory, her unbeaten 65 coming off 46 balls and including eight fours and a six.

Adelaide cruised to victory, reaching 130-2 in 18.1 overs. They will meet Brisbane in tomorrow's final after the Heat eked out a four-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades in Saturday's second game.

White Ferns spinner Amelia Kerr's Brisbane team elected to field after winning the toss, and restricted Melbourne to 163-4, with 19-year-old Kerr returning figures of 1-30 from her four overs.

The Heat had a couple of hiccups, but eased home at 166-6 with two overs to spare.