Defending champions Adelaide Strikers kicked off their 2023 Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) campaign with one of the biggest wins in the tournament history. They annihilated Melbourne Stars by 148 runs in Match 4 at the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide, South Australia on Saturday, October 21. The win was all the more emphatic as Stars were bowled out for just 29 runs - the lowest-ever total in WBBL history.
Chasing a highly competitive target of 177, Stars got off to a disastrous start as they lost captain Meg Lanning in the second over. Anesu Mushangwe got rid of Sophia Dunkley and Alice Capsey in the same over (3rd) and put Strikers in command right from the start. They kept picking up wickets and bowled out Stars for a mere 29 runs in just 9.3 overs.
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Opening batter Dunkley, who scored 9 runs off 10 balls, was the top scorer as none of the batters were able to touch the 10-run mark. Megan Schutt and Amanda Wellington were the wreaker-in-chiefs, taking 3 wickets each for a mere 1 and 2 economies, respectively. Mushangwe and skipper Tahlia McGrath also bowled impressively, claiming 2 wickets each for just 12 and 2 runs, respectively.
Lowest total in WBBL history
29: Melbourne Stars v Strikers, WBBL 2023
66: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, WBBL 2017
66: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers, WBBL 2017
68: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, WBBL 2018
73: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, WBBL 2019
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Strikers openers Katie Mack and Laura Wolvaardt laid the foundation with a 135-run partnership in 14.1 overs. Australian batter Mack fell 14 short of her well-deserved hundred, while Wolvaardt missed on her half-century by just 3 runs. Tahlia McGrath (34* off 19) and Madeline Penna (3* off 4) remained unbeaten and took the team total to 177/3 in 20 overs. Left-arm spinner Sophie Day took all three wickets.