Adelaide Strikers defeated Perth Scorchers by eight wickets in the first semi-final of the Women's Big Bash League 2019 this Saturday (December 7).
Batting first, Scorchers managed a total of only 126/7 in 20 overs after losing a flurry of wickets either side of middle-order contributions from half-centurion Georgia Redmayne (51) and Jemma Barsby (31). Megan Schutt (2/14) and Sophie Devine (2/23) delivered the stand-out spells for Strikers.
In the run-chase, after skipper Suzie Bates (1) got run out, Devine showed off her all-round class with a quality 46-ball 65 not out around which Tahlia McGrath (36) and Bridget Patterson (16*) batted quite nicely too as the Strikers reached home inside 19 overs with still eight wickets left in the shed. Kim Garth (1/33) picked up a breakthrough.
Perth Scorchers Women 126/7 in 20 overs (Georgia Redmayne 51; Megan Schutt 2/14) lost to Adelaide Strikers 130/2 in 18.1 overs (Sophie Devine 65; Kim Garth 1/33)
In the second semi-final of the day, Brisbane Heat clinched a four-wicket victory over Melbourne Renegades to book a place in the tournament final.
Batting first, Renegades' Josephine Dooley (50) scored a fine half-century while skipper Jessica Duffin contributed 44 runs to help their team post a fighting total of 163/4 in 20 overs, with Sammy-Jo Johnson (1/27) and Jess Jonassen (1/25) taking a wicket each through their miserly spells for the Heat.
Heat then went about chasing the target with all of the team's strength on show when Maddy Green (46), Jess Jonassen (38) and Grace Harris (43) standing up to the task on a big day under pressure, enabling a win in just 18 overs.
Molly Strano (4/28) picked up four wickets in her fantastic spell but the rest of the bowling attack struggled badly for the Renegades.
Melbourne Renegades 163/4 in 20 overs (Josephine Dooley 50; Jess Jonassen 1/25) lost to Brisbane Heat 166/6 in 18 overs (Maddy Green 46; Molly Strano 4/28) by four wickets
Adelaide Strikers will take on Brisbane Heat in the final on Sunday (December 8).